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Sergio Leone: Hawaiian Debut
- Will Fox
Living in Hawaii in the 1960s, my teenaged younger brother went to a drive in movie with his comely girlfriend and for the first time came unexpectedly home very excitedly, exclaiming unique enthusiasm for "The Man With No Name." Curbing his enthusiasm seemed unlikely. Yet, "A Fist Full of Dollars" was a new phenomenon, the First "Spaghetti Western." Confirmed by Sergio's successes, engaging Americans and packing theaters, especially 1966's "The Good, The Bad And The Ugly" with Ennio Morricone's memorably whimsical score. More surprised was Clint Eastwood, working with Sergio Leone's poor Italians in Spain's bleak, primitive Andalucia. According to Time magazine's film reviewer and biographer, Richard Schickel's book, Clint Eastwood: "I've never been to Italy. I've never been to Spain. I've never been to any of the countries I'll see how other people make films in other countries. We had no electricity; we didn't have a trailer with a toilet. We just went out behind rocks." So surprised Eastwood paid his dues, earning international stardom. Most surprisingly, the era of John Ford's inspiring Westerns with honorably heroic men and women pioneers, (brave, courageous and hard working American-Dream builders), was replaced in the 1960s by (D) Pres. Johnson's Vietnam War and Hollywood's amoral, anti-hero cynicism.
not a fan
I don't like Clint Eastwood. His acting range stretches from A to B.
the shakespeare of spaghetti western.
in the surreal beautiful landscape of spain..a craftsman made a product that changed the world of entertainment. he took a subculture of a genre and at one time made it the center of late 1960s and early 70s storytelling. his influence would alter the course of some of the greatest writing and directing talents of the late 20th and early 21st century.it must be said..that part of his legacy to some extent.. may have influenced violence and apathy among multiple generations.perhaps that was never his intent..it simply was an accidental byproduct for minds that could not separate fiction from reality. his work has blended into multiple genres of entertainment. Sergio leone was not only the Shakespeare of a type of story.. giving words and feeling never viewed before in film presentation..he was the Rembrandt .. he was the hoagy Carmichael with the trace of jimi Hendrix of a distinct image and experience ..with an almost musical sound to the detailed.. shaded setting and characters of a mythological ..yet plausible way of life. his stories reflected a feeling of reality while presenting it in fictional form. it may have been the only time ..a sane being would have wanted to be a part of such a chaotic environment. he made hell seem cool.
Epic Western By An Epic Director
- Richard Barrett
A tour de force, Leone's westerns are not sentimental. The protagonist in Leone's first three westerns, including this third one, stars Clint Eastwood. Eastwood, as he did in A Fistful of Dollars and For A Few Dollars More, perfectly conveys Leone's American wild west - an anti-hero with moral flaws, which fit right in with the tumultuous 1960's. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly is a sweeping epic that finds the wild west intersecting with the Civil War. Eli Wallach's gloriously over the top, bungling bad guy and sinister Lee Van Cleef bring to their characters the right amount of panache. The three man gun duel that is the climax of the film has become iconic in and of itself. Ennio Morricone's film score is urgent which Leone uses to maximum effect; the title song has also become iconic.
It is definitely you; "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" is a brilliant, surreal film that constitutes an entry to another universe. You need to stay with it, or perhaps you are unaccustomed to the surreal, operatic style and see it as a negative rather than something amazingly unconventional.
Something wrong with me? I've tried to watch this movie 3 or 4 times and don't. Boring, not clever, foolish, ho hum and go do some work around the house.
Well looks like two versions of this feature: US modified and Foreign . I always knew it was filmed in Spain but the one TCM is showing must be the latter. Tuco washing his feet in the desert and very evident English dubbed in audio. Think I may stick with my DVD copy from now on.
Always loved this classic. I bought the DVD 10 years ago and has run time of 2 hrs 41 mins or 161 mins as mentioned on TCM. What is the correct release date of this feature? 1968 is in memory but Bell Canada TV says 1966? I checked the DVD jacket on the rear and it says 1966. TCM says 1967. Anyway, where did this scene of Tuco with a chicken in a cave come from where is talking about the $4,000 dollars? Never did see that on my DVD version that I watched several times since 2004. Director's cut on TCM possibly why? But TCM version and my DVD both have 161 min runtimes.
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Overall-5/5Lead Performers-4/5Supporting Cast-5/5Director-5/5Score-5/5Titles-5/5Screenplay-4/5Cinematography-5/5Importance-5/5Recommendation for fans of the genre-5/5
A Great Western
This is a really good western, albeit a bit long. But, what's even better about it is the musical score. I recognized the music as being "western" even before I saw the movie. Another thing about the music that's great is after listening to it for three hours I now have a new personal theme song stuck in my head. So long Torgo, until we meet again.
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
- Dashiell Barnes
The greatest film from Leone's "Dollar's" trilogy. Eastwood, Van Cleef & Wallach are each splendid in their respected roles based on the title's order. Powerful suspense is created by Leone's direction & Morricone's most iconic score. One of the best "Spaghetti Westerns" ever made. I give it a 4.5/5.
One of the best westerns ever made
This is one of the best westerns ever made. The musical score is the best ever written for a western, and certainly the most memorable. It will grab you and have your adrenalin pumping from the first note. I love listening to it. The script is full of twists and surprises. First one character then another has the top hand, and it keeps changing. The relationships between the characters really drives the film. Leone absolutely excels at character development. That is perhaps his greatest success in this movie. He draws you in, and you find yourself forgetting about conventional morality because you can't help but cheer Eastwood (and sometimes Wallach) on in the movie. Van Cleef absolutely reeks of evil in perhaps one of his best performances on screen. But ultimately Eli Wallach steals the picture as the ugly Tuco. You can actually read his thoughts and emotions as they work through his face. He is perfectly cast in his role as a rat. Leone is also a master of cinematography. Filming Eli Wallach through the noose as he stands in the cemetery is pure genius. The duel between the antagonists is one of the greatest on film, excelled only perhaps by the duel in another Leone film, For A Few Dollars More. The film has a gritty, realistic feel. I must also mention that the battleground scenes are heavily influenced by Kurosawa. The only drawback is the length of the film, and that can be blamed on the overly soapy condemnation of war scenes during the battle for the bridge. In perhaps the only bad performance in the film Aldo Giuffre plays a drunken Union Captain sick of the useless slaughter in war. His scenes are overly melodramatic and drawn out, which completely destroys the pace of the movie. It's a good point to pretend it's intermission and go grab a snack. A little bit of editing there and this film would be perfect.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
- ray kelly
One of the greatest westerns ever made, even though Clint gets top billing, Eli Wallach steals the show.
What edition was this DVD?
This is the best version of this movie I've seen. Great sound quality and editing choices.The movie: Patient story telling at its best.