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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.
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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.