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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly


Eli Wallach, Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè View All


Sergio Leone (Director), Luciano Vincenzoni (Screenplay), Sergio Leone (Screenplay), Agenore Incrocci (Screenplay) View All

Released: Dec. 23rd, 1966
Runtime: 2 hours, 41 minutes
While the Civil War rages between the Union and the Confederacy, three men – a quiet loner, a ruthless hit man and a Mexican bandit – comb the American Southwest in search of a strongbox containing $200,000 in stolen gold.
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Eastwood's iconic presence full of grit and squint manages to compensate for his character's more glaring flaws, as does Van Cleef's gleefully sadistic turn as a character who is similar to Eastwood's in terms of motivation and competence but is far more brutal in his treatment of others.
It's certainly the one with the most well-woven plot, in my view, starring as it does Eastwood and Wallach as two men who are joined together in a bounty-hunting scam to find gold buried in a cemetery, pitted against Lee Van Cleef's excellent Sentenza / Angel Eyes character.
Daniel M
The film is set around the time of the American Civil war, and despite being the third instalment of what has become known as a trilogy, it is the first chronologically.
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