Also, in the documentary "Reconstructing The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly", what looks to be footage of Tuco lighting cannons before the Ecstasy of Gold sequence appears briefly. Le mille e una notte... e un'altra ancora. With Barbara Steele, Anthony Steffen, Claudio Gora, Mario Brega. Also included were the two other "Dollars" films, and Duck, You Sucker!. [87] It was also placed on a similar list of 1000 movies by The New York Times. "[17] Vincenzoni claims that he wrote the screenplay in 11 days, but he soon left the project after his relationship with Leone soured. Greed is shown in the film through its main core plotline of the three characters wanting to find the $200,000 that Bill Carson has said is buried in a grave in Sad Hill Cemetery. [82] Variety magazine ranked the film number 49 on their list of the 50 greatest movies. [43] Morricone's distinctive original compositions, containing gunfire, whistling (by John O'Neill), and yodeling permeate the film. As the bridge was not a prop, but a rather heavy and sturdy structure, powerful explosives were required to destroy it. The army rebuilt the bridge while other shots were filmed. Timeline. The only known recording of it is a live performance on The Index Masters. "[65] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 90 out of 100 based on 7 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim. Tuco and Blondie discuss their plans when departing in a wagon from Father Ramirez's monastery. [33] It contains the same special features as the 2004 special edition DVD, except that it includes an added commentary by film historian Sir Christopher Frayling. Even the character considered by the film as ‘The Good’ can still be considered as not living up to that title in a moral sense. Tuco holds Blondie at gunpoint, planning to force him to hang himself, but Union forces shell the town, dropping Tuco to the ground floor and allowing Blondie to escape. Angel Eyes is set up in a scene in which he carries out a hit on a former confederate soldier called Stevens. Western / Action (1967) 114 minutes ~ Color As a child, Bill witnesses the murder of his family by four robbers. Angel Eyes allows Stevens to tell Jackson the new name Bill Carson. Furthermore, Spaghetti Westerns redefined the western genre to fit the everchanging times of the 1960s and ’70s. SYNOPSIS: Kino Lorber rounds up Sergio Leone’s westerns in a five-film Blu-ray collection that includes a copious amount of bonus features, except the second disc found in … Top 20 Tuco's quotes/exchanges from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"... Occhio, malocchio, prezzemolo e finocchio, Quant'è bella la Bernarda, tutta nera, tutta calda. According to Vincenzoni and Eli Wallach, the film would have been set 20 years after the original, and would have followed Tuco pursuing Blondie's grandson for the gold. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly opened in Italy on 23 December 1966,[59] and grossed $6.3 million at that time. [99][100][101], The genre expanded and became an international sensation with the success of Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars, an adaptation of a Japanese Samurai movie called Yojimbo. According to Richard Schickel,[73] Leone willingly cut the scene for pacing reasons; thus, restoring it was contrary to the director's wishes. The main plot concerns their greed as there is a series of double crossings and changing allegiances in order to get the gold. As Tuco prepares to shoot him, he sees a runaway horse drawn hospital ambulance. "[27] As Eastwood played hard-to-get in accepting the role (inflating his earnings up to $250,000, another Ferrari[28] and 10% of the profits in the United States when eventually released there), he was again encountering publicist disputes between Ruth Marsh, who urged him to accept the third film of the trilogy, and the William Morris Agency and Irving Leonard, who were unhappy with Marsh's influence on the actor. This January, put your resolutions on hold and dive into some great streaming picks. Eventually, however, the project was vetoed by Leone, as he did not want the original film's title or characters to be reused, nor did he want to be involved in another Western film. Blondie severs the rope with a rifle shot, dropping Tuco alive. [38] Leone also incorporated music to heighten the tension and pressure before and during the film's many gunfights. The Ecstasy of Gold has also been used ceremoniously by the Los Angeles Football Club to open home games. Other bands such as the Ramones have featured the song in their albums and live shows. Tuco shoots Elam, causing Blondie to investigate the gunshots. See full bio » These films featured knifings, beatings, shootouts, or other violent action every five to ten minutes. The films’ gratuitous violence, surrealistic style, gloomy look, and eerie sound captured the era's melancholy. Given the technical limitations of the time, it would have been difficult to record the sound cleanly in most of the extremely wide shots Leone frequently used. Tuco is set up in a scene in which three bounty hunters try to kill him. In these violent and troubled times, Spaghetti Westerns, with their antiheroes, ambiguous morals, brutality, and anti-Establishment themes, resonated with audiences. Death Rides a Horse (1967) / Region 3 PAL DVD / Audio: English, Thai / Subtitles: English, Thai / Actors: Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law, Mario Brega / Director: Giulio Petroni / 110 minutes 8858714016884 Region 3 PAL encoding (This DVD will not play on most DVD players sold in the US or … [24] The production then moved on to Spain's plateau region near Burgos in the north, which doubled for the southwestern United States, and again shot the western scenes in Almería in the south of Spain. Leone also employed stylistic trick shooting, such as Blondie shooting the hat off a person's head and severing a hangman's noose with a well-placed shot, in many of its iconic shootouts.[40]. Tuco places the body on the railroad tracks, waiting for the train to roll over the chain and sever it. The latter studio also released the two-cassette version in 1997 as part of the Screen Epics collection in addition to the single VHS version in 1999 as part of the Western Legends lineup. During his quest, he crosses paths with Ryan, an ex-con who wants the money the robbers owe him. She meets several other young Italian men also on vacation and looking for fun and romance. Mario Brega, a regular in Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns in the 1960s, appears briefly as a gangster named Mandy. The plot revolves around three gunslingers competing to find fortune in a buried cache of Confederate gold amid the violent chaos of the American Civil War (specifically the New Mexico Campaign in 1862), while participating in many battles and duels along the way. [34], By the end of filming, Eastwood had finally had enough of Leone's perfectionist directorial traits. Director: Giulio Petroni Writer: Luciano Vincenzoni (story) Stars: Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law and Mario Brega Lost footage of the missing Socorro Sequence where Tuco continues his search for Blondie in a Texican pueblo while Blondie is in a hotel room with a Mexican woman (Silvana Bacci) is reconstructed with photos and unfinished snippets from the French trailer. As Tuco screams for mercy, Blondie returns into sight. This dialogue along with some of the mule dialogue from Fistful of Dollars was also sampled by Big Audio Dynamite on their 1986 single Medicine Show. [88] In 2014, Time Out polled several film critics, directors, actors and stunt actors to list their top action films. Blondie states that he lied about the name on Stanton's grave, and offers to write the real name of the grave on a rock. [95] Most of the films were made with low budgets, but several still managed to be innovative and artistic, although at the time they did not get much recognition, even in Europe. Joe Dante and Leone were also approached to direct and produce the film respectively. [30] Wallach was almost poisoned during filming when he accidentally drank from a bottle of acid that a film technician had set next to his soda bottle. Sergio Leone prese parte alla regia filmando la prima scena, ma preferì non essere menzionato nei titoli. The distinct vocals of Edda Dell'Orso can be heard permeating throughout the composition "The Ecstasy of Gold". All. With grandiose wide shots and close ups that peered into the eyes and souls of the characters, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, had the defining cinematographic techniques of the spaghetti western. [32] The result is noticeable in the bad synchronization of voices to lip movements on screen; none of the dialogue is completely in sync because Leone rarely shot his scenes with synchronized sound. Patrick McGillagan (1999). After the sound of gunfire is heard Tuco escapes through a window. [11], Leone built upon the screenwriter's original concept to "show the absurdity of war ... the Civil War which the characters encounter. That being said, a film of this caliber cries out for an extensive remastering, à la Lowry Digital. But a handful of westerns were made in Italy before Leone redefined the genre, and the Italians were not the first to make westerns in Europe in the sixties. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (disambiguation), The Good, The Bad And The Ugly main theme, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (soundtrack), "Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1967) – Financial Information", "Growing Old Ungracefully: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly", "What's That Sound? He wears a flat-topped hat and Mexican poncho instead of more traditional western costuming. Richard T. Jameson writes “Leone narrates the search for a cache of gold by three grotesquely unprincipled men sardonically classified by the movie’s title (Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach, respectively)”.[54]. He has noted the film's theme of emphasis on violence and the deconstruction of Old West romanticism. Russ Hunter writes that the film will “stress the formation of homosocial relationships as being functional only in the pursuit of wealth”. The west was made by violent, uncomplicated men, and it is this strength and simplicity that I try to recapture in my pictures. In Italy, the region of Lazio was a favorite location. Leone's portrayal of the west, in the latter, wasn't concerned with ideas of the frontier or good vs. evil but rather interested in how the world is unmistakably more complicated than that, and how the western world is one of kill or be killed. When Tuco returns with water, Carson has died and Blondie, slumped next to him, reveals that Carson recovered and told him the name on the grave before dying. The main theme, resembling the howling of a coyote (which blends in with an actual coyote howl in the first shot after the opening credits), is a two-pitch melody that is a frequent motif, and is used for the three main characters. “The violence in our movies is more gratuitous than in American films. Clint Eastwood expressed interest in taking part in the film's production, including acting as narrator. As Blondie disappears into the horizon, a still-tied up Tuco curses at and runs after him. [69][78] The Good, the Bad and the Ugly has been described as European cinema's best representation of the Western genre film,[79] and Quentin Tarantino has called it "the best-directed film of all time" and "the greatest achievement in the history of cinema". In the United States, United Artists considered using the original Italian translation, River of Dollars, or The Man With No Name, but decided on The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Other voice actors filled in for actors who had since died. [17] The studio agreed, but wanted to know the cost for this next film. Overview. [103] With a greater sense of operatic violence than their American cousins, the cycle of spaghetti westerns lasted just a few short years, but before "hanging up its spurs" in the late 70s, it completely rewrote the genre. Voice actor Simon Prescott substituted for Lee Van Cleef who had died in 1989. Buy movie tickets in advance, find movie times, watch trailers, read movie reviews, and more at Fandango. Timeline. [96] The genre is unmistakably a Catholic genre, with a visual style strongly influenced by the Catholic iconography of, for instance, the crucifixion or the last supper. Spaghetti westerns are westerns produced and directed by Italians, often in collaboration with other European countries, especially Spain and West Germany. Compare. [80] This was reflected in his votes for the 2002 and 2012 Sight & Sound magazine polls, in which he voted for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as his choice for the best film ever made. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly broke previous conventions on how the two had previously collaborated. [64], In 2002, the film was restored with the 14 minutes of scenes cut for US release re-inserted into the film. In my frame of reference, it is useless, stupid: it does not involve a 'good cause. Soon a series of crimes start and the superstitious people of the village believe that … [11], As an international cast was employed, actors performed in their native languages. Fifteen years later, he embarks on his revenge. 4 on the Billboard pop album chart and No. [38][57] Taking place in the American Civil War, the film takes the viewpoint of people such as civilians, bandits, and most notably soldiers, and presents their daily hardships during the war. Bobby suffers, Clint yawns. '"The good, the ugly, the bad"') is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood as "the Good", Lee Van Cleef as "the Bad", and Eli Wallach as "the Ugly". [35] Years later, Leone exacted his revenge upon Eastwood during the filming of Once Upon a Time in America (1984) when he described Eastwood's abilities as an actor as being like a block of marble or wax and inferior to the acting abilities of Robert De Niro, saying, "Eastwood moves like a sleepwalker between explosions and hails of bullets, and he is always the same—a block of marble. "In the first film I was alone," he told Leone. The three main characters all contain autobiographical elements of Leone. Angel Eyes asks the rest of his men to come out of hiding. [33] Various reasons have been cited for this: Leone often liked to play Morricone's music over a scene and possibly shout things at the actors to get them in the mood. Punk rock band the Ramones played this song as the opening for their live album Loco Live as well as in concerts until their disbandment in 1996. [27] Eastwood banished Marsh from having any further influence in his career, and he was forced to sack her as his business manager via a letter sent by Frank Wells. “The issue of morality belongs to the American western,” explains Italian director Ferdinando Baldi. [41] Although the score for the film is regarded as among Ennio Morricone's greatest achievements, he utilized other artists to help give the score the characteristic essence in which resonates throughout. It is shown in Tuco with how he shows concern for Blondie when he is heavily dehydrated but in truth, he is only keeping him alive to find the gold. [92] In his introduction to the 2003 revised edition of his novel The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, Stephen King said the film was a primary influence for the Dark Tower series, with Eastwood's character inspiring the creation of King's protagonist, Roland Deschain. The jumping part went as planned, but Wallach's life was endangered when his character attempts to sever the chain binding him to the (now dead) henchman. [25] For the scene where the bridge was blown up, it had to be filmed twice, as in the first take all three cameras were destroyed by the explosion. The 1998 DVD release from MGM contained 14 minutes of scenes that were cut from the film's North American release, including a scene which explains how Angel Eyes came to be waiting for Blondie and Tuco at the Union prison camp. Trumpet players Michele Lacerenza and Francesco Catania can be heard on ‘The Trio’. [83] In 2002, Film4 held a poll of the 100 Greatest Movies, on which The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was voted in at number 46. [76], The following scenes were originally deleted by distributors from the British and American theatrical versions of the film, but were restored after the release of the 2004 Special Edition DVD. Mario Brega (25 March 1923 – 23 July 1994) was an Italian actor. In an interview he said, "[Sentenza] has no spirit, he's a professional in the most banal sense of the term. The film was a financial success, grossing over $25 million at the box office, and is credited with having catapulted Eastwood into stardom. [25] This time, the production required more elaborate sets, including a town under cannon fire, an extensive prison camp and an American Civil War battlefield; and for the climax, several hundred Spanish soldiers were employed to build a cemetery with several thousand gravestones to resemble an ancient Roman circus. This style can also be seen in one of the film's protagonists, Blondie (aka The Man with No Name), which is described by critics as more defined by his actions than his words. I was not ignorant of the fact that there were camps in the North. In 2014, The Good the Bad and the Ugly was ranked the 47th greatest film ever made on Empire's list of "The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time" as voted by the magazine's readers. The trio stares each other down. The American punk rock band The Vandals' song "Urban Struggle" begins with the main theme. [38] This builds up the tension and suspense by allowing the viewers to savor the performances and character reactions, creating a feeling of excitement, as well as giving Leone the freedom to film beautiful landscapes. [11] An example of this is how Tuco and Blondie blow up a bridge in order to disperse two sides of the battle. As Tuco is about to be hanged, Blondie severs Tuco's noose by shooting it, and sets him free. Following an arduous search, Tuco recaptures Blondie and force-marches him across a desert until Blondie collapses from dehydration.

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