The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1967)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 49 mins

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Set during the Civil War, three men search for a fortune in gold. One of these men is Angel Eyes, a cold blooded hired killer who was hired by a man to locate his partner who vanished with the gold but he doesn't tell Angel Eyes why he wants him. However, Angel Eyes finds out while looking for the man and tells the man who hired him what he found out. But he kills him so he can get the gold himself. The other two men are Tuco and a guy he calls Blondie. Tuco is a bandit. Blondie captures him and turns him in for the reward. But when Tuco is about to be hung, Blondie saves him and they go off and do it somewhere else. After their latest attempt, Bloncie tells Tuco they've taken it as far as they can. He leaves Tuco and doesn't give him his share. Tuco tracks him down and makes walk across the desert. Later they come across a stagecoach filled with men who are dead wearing Confederate uniforms, Tuco finds a man dying who just happens to be the man Angel Eyes is looking for. He tells Tuco about the gold but before he could tell Tuco where it is he passes out. So Tuco goes to get some water but when he comes back, the man is dead. But Blondie is there and Tuco thinks the man told him where the gold is. So he nurses him back to health. They put on the uniforms and take the stagecoach. They come across some soldiers who they thought were Confederate but were actually Union so they take them prisoner and bring them to the Fort. Angel Eyes is there, an officer. When he learns Tuco took the identity of the man is looking for, he assumes he knows about the gold. He talks to Tuco and he "gets" him to tell him about the gold but Blondie is the one who knows where it is. So he brings Blondie to him but he's not intimidated and agrees to take him to where the gold is. The three of them head off to get the gold, but can they trust each other?
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Cast: Clint Eastwood, Rada Rassimov

Crew: Sergio Leone (Director), Tonino Delli Colli (Director of Photography), Ennio Morricone (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Adventure

Release Dates: 29 Dec 1967 (India)

Tagline: A classic western! A classic music theme!

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Did you know? Charles Bronson was offered both the roles of Tuco and Angel Eyes (the latter because Sergio Leone feared that audiences would not take kindly to Lee Van Cleef going from the fatherly, likable Col. Mortimer to a sneering villain. He declined both. Read More
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A classic western! A classic music theme!
For Three Men The Civil War Wasn't Hell. It Was Practice!
The Man with No Name Returns !
They formed an alliance of hate to steal a fortune in dead man's gold.
Factual Mistake
At the end of the movie Blondie flips up the long-range leaf sight on his rifle but the cross member is so loose it falls down to the very bottom. This would give him no elevation of the gun barrel to allow for bullet drop, at the 1000 yards he must have been at, to make that shot.

Revealing Mistakes
The dummy used for Corporal Wallace as he is dragged under the train, doesn't match his size in width and height.

Revealing Mistakes
When Tuco (Ugly) runs up to the carriage filled with dead bodies, he opens the gate to the carriage and looks in. It can clearly be seen that the guy lying to the left is clearly blinking, even though everybody in the carriage except Bill Carson is supposed to be dead.

Factual Mistake
If each gold coin had approximately 1 troy ounce of gold in it worth $20, $200,000 implies there were approximately 10,000 coins in the eight bags that Blondie and Tuco recovered. The weight of those 10,000 coins would be (10,000 coins * 1 oz/coin * 31.1 g/oz * 1 kg/1,000 g * 2.2 lbs/kg) = 684.2 lbs. Each bag would then weigh approximately 85.5 lbs. Blondie is seen loading up his horse with the gold two bags at a time (170 lbs). It doesn't seem likely that a person could lift that much gold without much more difficulty.

Audio/Video Mismatch
During Tuco's beating in the POW camp, one of the fiddlers stops playing. The singers behind him are still singing but only the music is heard.

Audio/Video Mismatch
The POW band guitarist is shown strumming his instrument, but the soundtrack guitar is "finger-picking." There are other mis-matches in the scene, including actors playing valve trombones which aren't heard.

Audio/Video Mismatch
Tuco is ambushed by three bounty hunters with one of them firing an anachronistic Winchester rifle at Tuco to make him fall off his horse. The bounty hunter with the rifle is heard working the loading mechanism yet when he enters the frame he is seen pulling the hammer on the rifle. If he had really used the loading lever of the rifle the hammer would have already been pulled down.

When Tuco and Blondie are carrying the crate with the explosives on the stretcher, it has turned about 90 degrees between the two shots when the music starts playing.

Tuco has Blondie put his head through a noose and the way the rope is looped around the roof beam changes after the cannonball strike.

Blondie and Tuco walk down the street of the desert town to confront the Angel Eyes' gang. At the beginning, their shadows are projected to behind them. Next shot, the shadows are projected in front of them.

When Blondie is comforting the dying Rebel soldier near the end of the film, he gives him two puffs of his cheroot cigar - it changes length by almost an inch from shot to shot, first longer, then shorter, then longer again

One of the three bounty hunters that shoots Tuco's horse has a piece of grass in his mouth just prior to been shot by Blondie, that was not there in the previous frames when he tells Tuco he has a face worth 2000 dollars.

Blondie lights a cannon to fire at Tuco but the cannon is facing the graveyard, the opposite direction to where the battle has just taken place across the river.

Crew/Equipment Visible
When the rhythmic music stops and Tuco is choking after screaming "Blondie", a person walking to the left can be seen on the left side of Tuco's face. You can also see a sun reflection on something carried by the person.

Crew/Equipment Visible
In the cemetery scene when Tuco is balancing himself on the cross, you can see a person standing in the background, just to the left of his head.

Errors in Geography
Note that in all the desert scenes, there are no cacti visible. Cacti are found only in North and South America, making it obvious that this was filmed in the Old World; in this case, Spain.

Factual Mistake
When Tuco prepares a bath that's been deserted, he pours bath salts into a tub already full of water. When the bounty hunter enters, Tuco is in the bathtub covered in bubbles. Pouring bath salts into an already filled tub doesn't create bubbles, especially when the water is cold.

Factual Mistake
The man pointed at as the Confederate General Sibley (by the hotel owner) is actually a Confederate Captain according to the rank insignia on his collar. The buttons on his uniform is furthermore misplaced compared to that of a authentic Confederation Captain. A genuine uniforms buttons would have been closer to the chest.

Factual Mistake
The Commendant of the Union prisoner of war camp is referred to as "Captain" but he wears the shoulder-straps of a Union Major.

Factual Mistake
The character "Jackson/Bill Carson" is referred to as a member of the 3rd Regiment in the Confederate Army. During the New Mexico campaign the Confederates deployed the 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 7th Regiments of the Texas Mounted Rifles and some unnumbered territorial groups. There was no Confederate 3rd regiment of any sort, although the 3rd U.S. Cavalry did participate on the Union side.

Revealing Mistakes
During the preparation of the charges on the bridge supports, they are connected in series, and Blondie lights only one (too short) fuse. When the bridge blows, all four charges detonate simultaneously, since they were detonated electrically.

Revealing Mistakes
When the runaway Confederate carriage first appears in the desert you can see someone steering it. Then, as Tuco seizes the horse-team to stop the carriage, the reins are obviously being held by the out-of-frame driver. In the next shot, viewed from the driver's bench, the reins visibly tighten to halt the horses and then drop.

Revealing Mistakes
When the Sheriff unrolls the wanted poster in Tuco's face the poster clearly has a photograph of very good quality instead of a sketch which seems highly unlikely at the time the film takes place.

Revealing Mistakes
When Tuco and Blondie seek Angel Eyes in the deserted town, they discover a note that says "see you later idiots" but if you look closely at the paper, it is actually a page of the film script.

Revealing Mistakes
When Blondie says, "Your spurs," and shoots the last of the three ambushers in the hotel, the man falls backwards, knocking the wall and making it wobble.

Character Error
When Angel Eyes throws the shovel at Tuco by Arch Stanton's grave, he nearly hits Tuco in the head.

Near the end of the film, when Tuco's head is in the noose in the cemetery, the tightness of the knot keeps changing between front and rear shots.

After Angel Eyes is shot the second time, his gun falls at the front side of open grave towards the central area. When Blondie shoots the hat, the gun appears at right side of the grave.

In the final scene when Tuco is shot down by Blondie, the position of the rope changes while hanging around Tuco's neck. First it is hanging vertically in front when he steps into the courtyard. Then it is slung over his left shoulder in the close-up.

Blondie shoots Angel Eyes' hat into the grave and it lands on his chest. In the next shot, the hat is in a completely different position.
The following guns are used in this movie. 1.Blondie uses: A Colt 1851 cartridge conversion revolver (with silver snake grips), and a Winchester 1866 "yellow boy" with ladder elevated sights. 2. Tuco uses: A Colt 1851 Navy cartridge conversion revolver with a lanyard. 3. Angel Eyes uses: A Remington 1858 Army percussion revolver. 4. Soldiers used: Gatling guns with drum magazines, and Howitzer cannons.

Ennio Morricone's iconic theme music was designed in places to mimic the sound of a howling coyote.

Tuco tells his brother Father Pablo Ramirez (played by Luigi Pistilli) "Where we came from, if one did not want to die of poverty, one became a priest or a bandit!". Ironically, in For a Few Dollars More (1965), Pistilli played a bandit, so in a sense, he's been both a priest and a bandit at the same time.

In 1960's Hollywood was still following the The Motion Picture Production Code of 1930 (a.k.a. The Hays Moral Code), especially when it came to Westerns. After the Good, the Bad and the Ugly was released Hollywood had to change its moral standards in order to stay competitive with such foreign made films. This particular film broke many if not most of those standards.

In two of the deleted scenes featuring Lee Van Cleef's character, a substitute voice actor - Simon Prescott, was used for the dubbing. Van Cleef had died in 1989, and the scenes had never been dubbed into English.

Sergio Leone first had Gian Maria Volonté in mind as "The Ugly".

In the scene where Blondie brings a tied-up Tuco into town to claim the bounty on him, Tuco spits out a cigar and yells out something in Spanish. Translated to English, he is yelling out "Son of a bitch that gave birth to you!"

Jack Elam turned down the role of Elam, the one-armed gunslinger who attempts to kill Tuco in the bathtub.

The skeleton found by Tuco inside the wrong coffin at Sad Hill cemetery, was a real human skeleton. A deceased Spanish actress wrote in her will she wanted to act even after her death.

According to Eli Wallach, when it came time to blow up the bridge, Sergio Leone asked the Spanish army captain in charge to trigger the fuse, as a sign of gratitude for the army's collaboration. They agreed to blow up the bridge when Leone gave the signal "Vai!" (Go!) over the walkie-talkie. Unfortunately, another crew member spoke on the same channel, saying the words "vai, vai!", meaning "it's OK, proceed" to a second crew member. The captain heard this signal, thought it was for him and blew the bridge; unfortunately, no cameras were running at the time. Leone was so upset that he fired the crewman, who promptly fled from the set in his car. The captain was so sorry for what happened that he proposed to Leone that the army would rebuild the bridge to blow it up again, with one condition: that the fired crewman be re-hired. Leone agreed, the crewman was forgiven, the bridge was rebuilt and the scene was successfully shot.

When the bridge is blown up, and Tuco and Blondie are hunkered down behind sandbags waiting for the explosion, Clint Eastwood's career came within 2 feet of ending prematurely. A fist-sized piece of rock shrapnel from the explosion slams into the sandbag right next to Eastwood's head (watch it in slow motion to see the rock flying in).

Although Blondie (Clint Eastwood) is labeled "the good" in the film, he actually kills 11 people during the course of the movie, which is more than Tuco (Eli Wallach) and Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef) combined. Tuco, "the ugly", kills 6 people while Angel Eyes, "the bad", has the lowest body count with 3.

In addition to the train scene,Eli Wallach cheated death in the first scene where Blondie shoots him down from a hanging. The gunshot scared the horse, which took off running at full speed for nearly a mile. Wallach's hands were tied behind his back, and he had to hang for dear life with his knees.

During the scene right before the final duel where Tuco (Eli Wallach) is running frantically through the cemetery, a dog can be seen running on-screen at the beginning of the scene. In reality, that was improvised on the spot. Sergio Leone, who was afraid that the scene was going to slip into melodrama, released the dog without informing Eli Wallach first - thus, his look of surprise is quite genuine.

In the gun store, everything Eli Wallach does with the guns is completely unscripted. Eli knew little about the guns, so he was instructed to do whatever he wanted.

Clint Eastwood wore the same poncho through all three "Man with No Name" movies without replacement or cleaning.

Because Sergio Leone spoke barely any English and Eli Wallach spoke barely any Italian, the two communicated in French.

Eli Wallach was almost poisoned on the set after drinking acid used to burn the bags filled with gold coin to make them rip open easier when struck with the spade. The acid had been poured into a lemon soda bottle and Wallach didn't know it. He drank a lot of milk and filmed the scene with a mouth full of sores.

Ennio Morricone's iconic theme music was designed in places to mimic the sound of crying hyena.

Eli Wallach would have been decapitated during the train scene if he had lifted his head up. In the wide-shot, you can see the step that would have impacted his head.

The three man gunfight scene is called either a "Mexican standoff" or a truel (game theory). There are several mathematical papers covering the many complex outcomes of a truel. Other movies that use a truel are Reservoir Dogs (1992) and Pulp Fiction (1994).

Eli Wallach remembered that when he first came to Madrid all the hotels were full. Clint Eastwood invited him to sleep over at a friend's house and they shared the same bed. Wallach's wife Anne Jackson told him he could boast that he was the only man to sleep with Clint Eastwood.

Sad Hill Cemetery was a very-convincing set piece constructed by the pyrotechnic crew and not a real cemetery. Today the site is marked as a local point of interest. Though the central stone 'proscenium' and parapet are gone, the circles of grave-mounds are still quite prominent.

Four scenes were cut from the original English-language release and were never dubbed into English from Italian. When American Movie Classics showed the "Extended English Version", the scenes were restored. Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach dubbed their voices for the movie, but another actor had to be found to dub Angel Eyes' lines, as Lee Van Cleef had died in 1989.

The three principal actors are the only ones who speak actual English in the film: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach, with the exceptions of Al Mulock (the one-armed man) and John Bartha (the sheriff). Everyone else in the film is really speaking their native language, mostly Italian and Spanish, and was later dubbed into English.

Orson Welles warned Sergio Leone not to make this movie on the grounds that Civil War pictures were box office poison.

There is no dialog for the first 10-1/2 minutes of the film.

The real location of the Sad Hill Cemetery is Carazo near Salas de los Infantes, province of Burgos, Spain. The coordinates are: 41.990517, -3.408511.

Although Clint Eastwood is usually top-billed in this film's credits, Eli Wallach has the most screen-time.

After Eli Wallach agreed with Sergio Leone that Tuco would carry his pistol on a lanyard, the director asked him to grasp the gun by shaking his neck, thus making the gun land in his hand. Wallach claimed that he wasn't able to do the intended action, and asked Leone to demonstrate it. When Leone tried, the pistol missed the director's hand and hit his crotch. Leone then told Wallach to hold the gun in the belt.

The film was budgeted at an expensive (for the time) $1.6 million.

The grips on Clint Eastwood's pistol have an inlaid silver rattlesnake. His pistol in For a Few Dollars More (1965) had the same grips. In the TV series Rawhide (1959), Rowdy Yates (Eastwood) kills a gunfighter carrying a pistol with the same grips and takes it for his own. Eastwood's character would carry the pistol with the rattlesnake grips for the remainder of the series' run.

Due to the striking height difference between Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach of over 9 inches, it was sometimes difficult to include them in the same frame.

When Blondie and Angel Eyes are traveling to the cemetery, Blondie shoots a skulker, then counts the number of people that will be traveling together. He says, "Six. A perfect number." In mathematics, a number is perfect if the sum of its factors (excluding itself) equals itself. Six is a perfect number because 1, 2, and 3 are factors and 1 + 2 + 3 = 6. (The next perfect number is 28.)

Eli Wallach claims that Sergio Leone decided that Tuco would carry his pistol on a lanyard and stuck in his belt rather than a holster because Wallach told him he always had trouble putting a pistol in a holster without looking at it.

Though no specific year or date is stated in the movie, at least part of it takes place during the New Mexico Campaign of 1862. This is confirmed when both the hotel-keeper and Tuco mentions the retreating Confederate General Sibley (the historical Henry H. Sibley) and the advancing Union Colonel Canby (another historical person, Edward Canby). This is consistent with the campaign that took place between February-April 1862 in the Union Territory of New Mexico and the Confederate State of Texas.

Sergio Leone originally titled his story "The Magnificent Rogues" and "The Two Magnificent Tramps," but impulsively changed it during a meeting in which he was pitching the story to United Artists executives Arnold Picker and Arthur Krim. The improvised new title amused them both, and they agreed to put between $1.2 and $1.6 million to make it and retain North American distribution rights.

The prison camp "Betterville" was inspired by the actual Confederate prison camp of Andersonville, where thousands of Union prisoners died, and based on steel engravings of Andersonville from August 1864.

The film was shot with a process called Techniscope. This process means that you can shoot without an anamorphic lens, and only use half as much film as you would normally use. The Techniscope process places two widescreen frames on a single 35 mm frame.

According to Eli Wallach's autobiography "The Good, the Bad and Me", Sergio Leone picked him for the role of Tuco not because of his role as Calvera in The Magnificent Seven (1960) as most people assumed but rather because of his brief role as a Tuco-like bandit in How the West Was Won (1962).

Charles Bronson was offered both the roles of Tuco and Angel Eyes (the latter because Sergio Leone feared that audiences would not take kindly to Lee Van Cleef going from the fatherly, likable Col. Mortimer to a sneering villain. He declined both.

Besides Clint Eastwood of course, actors Mario Brega, Benito Stefanelli, Aldo Sambrell, Lorenzo Robledo, and Antonio Molino Rojo are the only actors to appear in all 3 of the "Dollars Trilogy" movies. Even though this movie does not have the word "Dollars" in its title, it is grouped with A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965) as part of the "Dollars Trilogy".