The Good, The Bad and The Ugly : Sergio Leone’s Masterpiece

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly : Sergio Leone’s Masterpiece

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)

The Plot – A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.

Why is it Worthy? – Just think about it – a movie that’s over 60 years old and we still reference it in pop culture or smile when we hear and recognise its iconic theme song. This is an exceptional Spaghetti Western (some refer to it as the definitive Spaghetti Western) filmed by Italian director Sergio Leone and scored by another Italian legend, Ennio Morricone who we lost in July 2020.

As the movie title suggests, the plot revolves around 3 main characters:

  • The Good – aka “Blondie” – played by Clint Eastwood. He knows the name of the grave where the treasure is buried.
  • The Bad – aka “Angel Eyes” – played by Lee Van Cleef. Also in search of the treasure.
  • The Ugly – aka “The Rat” or Tuco – played by Eli Wallach. He knows the name of the cemetery where the treasure is buried and so joins forces with Blondie to get to the location of the treasure.

Violence and gun fights are the order of the day and they are filmed beautifully by Sergio Leone who is a master of tension building. Most gun fights start of with sweeping long shots followed by close up of all subjects so one can clearly see the reactions of each person. All of that is spiced up by the epic soundtrack and the sandy Mexican scenery. It all climaxes in the final three-way standoff. Who wins? Well, you have to watch it and find out 🙂

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