The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
name = The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
(Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cattivo)
caption = Original American movie poster
writer = Story:
Sergio Leone Luciano Vincenzoni
Age & Scarpelli
Clint Eastwood Lee Van Cleef Eli Wallach
Tonino Delli Colli
editing = Original:
Italy: December 15, 1966 United States: December 23, 1967
runtime = 177 Mins
Italian Cut 161 Mins
language = Italian
budget = $1,300,000 (est.)
preceded_by = "
For a Few Dollars More"
amg_id = 1:20333
imdb_id = 0060196
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" ( _it. Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cattivo) is a 1966 Italian epic
spaghetti westernfilm directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallachin the title roles. The screenplaywas written by Age & Scarpelli, Luciano Vincenzoniand Leone, based on a story by Vincenzoni and Leone. Director of photography Tonino Delli Colliwas responsible for the film's sweeping widescreen cinematographyand Ennio Morriconecomposed the famous film score. It is the third and final film in the Dollars trilogyfollowing " A Fistful of Dollars" (1964) and " For a Few Dollars More" (1965). The plot centers around three gunslingers competing to find a fortune in buried Confederate gold amid the violent chaos of gunfights, hangings, Civil War battles, and prison camps.cite encyclopedia| last = Yezbick| first = Daniel| title = The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly| encyclopedia = St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture| publisher = Gale Group| date = 2002| url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_g1epc/is_tov/ai_2419100524
accessdate = 2006-05-23]
December 15, 1966in Italyand in the U.S. on December 23, 1967, the film grossed $6.1 million, but was criticized for its depiction of violence.cite news | last =Fritz| first =Ben| title =The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly| publisher ="Variety"| date =2004-06-14| url =| accessdate =] Leone explains that "the killings in my films are exaggerated because I wanted to make a tongue-in-cheek satireon run-of-the-mill westerns... The west was made by violent, uncomplicated men, and it is this strength and simplicity that I try to recapture in my pictures."cite encyclopedia| title =Sergio Leone| encyclopedia =Newsmakers| volume =| pages =| publisher =Gale| date =2004| id =| accessdate =] To this day, Leone's effort to reinvigorate the timeworn Western is widely acknowledged:cite web| last = Schickel| first = Richard| authorlink = Richard Schickel| title = The Good, The Bad and The Ugly| work =All-Time 100 Movies| publisher = Time Magazine| year = 2005| url = http://www.time.com/time/2005/100movies/0,23220,the_good_the_bad_and_the_ugly,00.html| accessdate = 2007-05-16 ] "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" has been described as European cinema's best representative of the Western genre film,cite encyclopedia| title =Sergio Leone| encyclopedia =Contemporary Authors Online| publisher =Gale| date =2007| url =http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb?cause=http%3A%2F%2Fgalenet.galegroup.com%2Fservlet%2FBioRC%3FfinalAuth%3Dtrue&cont=&sev=temp&type=session&sserv=no| accessdate=2007-05-15] and Quentin Tarantinohas called it "the best-directed film of all time."cite news | last =Turner| first =Rob| title =The Good, The Bad, And the Ugly| publisher =" Entertainment Weekly"| date =2004-06-14| url =| accessdate =]
In a desolate ghost town, bandit Tuco narrowly shoots his way past three bounty hunters to freedom. Miles away, Angel Eyes interrogates a former soldier about a missing man named Bill Carson and a cache of Confederate gold, shooting the soldier after the interrogation. Meanwhile, Tuco's journey across the desert leads him into a group of bounty hunters, who prepare to capture him when they are approached by Blondie, a mysterious lone gunman who challenges the hunters to a draw, which he wins with lightning speed. Initially elated, Tuco is enraged when Blondie delivers him to the local authorities for the reward money. Hours later, as Tuco awaits his execution, Blondie surprises the authorities and frees Tuco, the two later meeting to split the reward money, revealing their lucrative money-making scheme. The two repeat the process at another town before Blondie, weary of Tuco's consistent complaints, abandons him in the desert. A livid Tuco rearms himself in a nearby town and surprises Blondie in his hotel room. As Tuco prepares to kill Blondie, a cannonball demolishes the room, allowing Blondie to escape.
Following a relentless search, Tuco ambushes Blondie and marches him across the harsh desert. As Blondie collapses from dehydration, Tuco prepares to kill him when a runaway carriage appears on the horizon. Inside, Tuco discovers a dying Bill Carson, who reveals that Confederate gold is buried in a grave in Sad Hill cemetery but falls unconscious before naming the grave. When Tuco returns with water, he discovers Carson dead and Blondie slumped against the carriage. As he passes out, Blondie says that he knows the name on the grave. Tuco takes Blondie, both disguised as Confederate soldiers, to a Catholic mission, allowing Blondie time to recover before the two leave, still disguised as Confederate soldiers when they inadvertently encounter a force of Union soldiers, who capture and march them to a Union prison camp.
At the camp, Corporal Wallace begins a roll call, and Tuco answers for Bill Carson, catching the attention of Angel Eyes, a Union Sergeant stationed at the camp. Angel Eyes has Wallace torture Tuco into revealing Sad Hill Cemetery, but confesses that only Blondie knows the name on the grave. Angel Eyes offers Blondie an equal partnership in recovering the gold. Blondie agrees and rides out with Angel Eyes and his posse while Tuco, being escorted by train to his execution, escapes. Blondie, Angel Eyes and his posse stop at a war-ravaged town to rest. Across town, Tuco aimlessly wanders through the wreckage, oblivious to the bounty hunter (
Al Mulock) who tracks and ambushes Tuco. Despite the surprise, Tuco kills the bounty hunter. Blondie leaves to investigate the gunshot, tracking down Tuco and informing him of Angel Eyes's involvement. The two resume their old partnership, skulking through the wrecked town and killing Angel Eyes' henchmen before discovering that Angel Eyes has escaped.
Tuco and Blondie track down Sad Hill Cemetery when they discover a great battle brewing between massive Union and Confederate forces, separated only by a narrow bridge. Eager to disperse the standing armies, Blondie and Tuco wire the bridge with
dynamite. During the process, the two trade information, with Tuco revealing Sad Hill Cemetery, while Blondie saying the name on the grave is Arch Stanton. The two detonate the bridge and take cover as the two armies angrily resume their battle. The next morning, the Confederate and Union soldiers have disappeared. Tuco abandons Blondie to retrieve the gold for himself and stumbles upon the sprawling Sad Hill Cemetery. Frantically searching the sea of makeshift tombstones, Tuco finally locates Arch Stanton's grave. As he digs, Blondie appears and offers him a shovel. Moments later, the two are ambushed by Angel Eyes, who holds them at gunpoint. Blondie kicks open Stanton's grave to reveal only a skeleton. Declaring that only he knows the real name of the grave, Blondie writes it on a rock in the middle of the graveyard and tells Tuco and Angel Eyes that "two hundred thousand dollars is a lot of money. We're going to have to earn it."
The three stare each other down, calculating alliances and dangers in a famous five-minute
Mexican standoffbefore suddenly drawing. Blondie shoots Angel Eyes, rolling him into an open grave, while Tuco discovers that Blondie unloaded his gun the night before. Blondie directs Tuco to the grave marked Unknown next to Arch Stanton's. Tuco digs and is overjoyed to find bags of gold inside, but is shocked when he turns to Blondie and finds himself staring at a noose. Blondie forces Tuco atop a grave marker and wraps the noose around his neck, binding Tuco's hands before disappearing with his share of the gold. As Tuco screams for mercy, Blondie's silhouette returns on the horizon, aiming a rifle at Tuco. As Tuco screams in rage, Blondie fires and severs the noose rope, dropping Tuco face-first onto his share of the gold. Blondie smiles as the livid Tuco screams at him, before turning and riding into the frontier.
Clint Eastwoodas Blondie: The Good, a subdued, cocksure bounty hunterwho competes with Tuco and Angel Eyes to find the buried gold in the middle of the two warring factions of the American Civil War. Blondie and Tuco have an ambivalent partnership. Tuco knows the name of the cemetery where the gold is hidden, but Blondie knows the name of the grave where it's buried, forcing them to work together to find the treasure. In spite of this greedy quest, Blondie's pity for the dying soldiers in the chaotic carnage of the War is evident. "I've never seen so many men wasted so badly," he laments. "Rawhide" had ended its run in 1965 and at that point none of Clint Eastwood's Italian films had been released in the United States. When Leone offered him a role in his next movie it was the only big film offer he had but the actor still needed to be convinced to do it. Leone and his wife traveled to California to persuade Eastwood. Two days later, he agreed to make the movie and would be paid $250,000 plus 10% of the profits from the North American markets – a deal that Leone was not happy with.
Lee Van Cleefas Angel Eyes: The Bad, a ruthless, unfeeling and sociopathic mercenary named "Angel Eyes" ("Sentenza" in the Italian version) who kills anyone in his path. When Blondie and Tuco are captured while posing as Confederate soldiers, Angel Eyes is the Union sergeant who interrogates them and tortures Tuco, eventually learning the name of the cemetery where the gold is buried, but not the tombstone. Angel Eyes forms a fleeting partnership with Blondie, but Tuco and Blondie turn on Angel Eyes when they get their chance. Originally, Leone wanted Charles Bronsonto play Angel Eyes but he had already committed to " The Dirty Dozen" (1967). Leone thought about working with Lee Van Cleef again: "I said to myself that Van Cleef had first played a romantic character in "For a Few Dollars More". The idea of getting him to play a character who was the opposite of that began to appeal to me."
Eli Wallachas Tuco: The Ugly, Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez, a comical, oafish, fast talking banditwho is wanted by the authorities. Tuco manages to discover the name of the cemetery where the gold is buried, but he doesn't know the name of the grave - only Blondie does. This state of affairs forces Tuco to become reluctant partners with Blondie. The director originally considered Gian Maria Volontéfor the role of Tuco, but felt that the role required someone with "natural comic talent". In the end, Leone chose actor Eli Wallach based on his role in "How the West Was Won" (1962), in particular, his performance in "The Railroads" scene. In L.A., Leone met with Wallach, who was skeptical about playing this type of character again, but after Leone screened the opening credit sequence from "For a Few Dollars More", Wallach said: "When do you want me?" The two men got along famously, sharing the same bizarre sense of humor. Leone allowed Wallach to make changes to his character in terms of his outfit and recurring gestures. Both Eastwood and Van Cleef realized that the character of Tuco was close to Leone's heart, and director and Wallach became good friends. Van Cleef observed, "Tuco is the only one of the trio the audience gets to know all about. We meet his brother and find out where he came from and why he became a bandit. But Clint's character and mine remain mysteries."
*However, in the Theatrical Trailer, Angel Eyes is referred to as The Ugly and Tuco, The Bad.
Aldo Giuffrèas Union Captain: A drunken Union captain who befriends Tuco and Blondie. He feels that the bloody siege his men are involved in is a futile waste, and dreams of destroying the bridge—a wish carried out by Blondie and Tuco. Mortally wounded in the Battle of Branstone Bridge, he dies just after hearing the bridge's destruction. Giuffré was an Italian comedian who had become an actor.
Mario Bregaas Cpl. Wallace. A thuggish prison guard who works for Angel Eyes and tortures Tuco to get him to reveal the hidden location of the treasure. Angel Eyes turns Tuco over to Wallace so that he can turn Tuco in for the reward money; Tuco, however, kills Wallace by pushing him out of a moving train. A butcher-turned-actor, the imposing, heavyset Brega was a mainstay in Leone's films and Spaghetti Westerns in general.
Luigi Pistillias Father Pablo Ramirez: Tuco's brother, a Catholic friar. He holds Tuco in contempt for his choice of life as a bandit, but ultimately loves him. Pistilli was a veteran of many Spaghetti Westerns, usually playing a villain (as in Leone's " For a Few Dollars More").
Al Mulockas One-armed Bounty Hunter: Wounded by Tuco in the films opening sequence, he loses his right arm. He seeks revenge, only to be killed by Tuco, leading to the line: "When you have to shoot, shoot! Don't talk." Mulock was a Canadian actor who later appeared in " Once Upon a Time in the West" as one of the three gunmen in the film's opening. He committed suicide on the set of the latter film.
Claudio Scarchillias Bounty Hunter in Ghost Town
Frank Branaas Bounty Hunter in Ghost Town
Sergio Mendizábalas Blonde Bounty Hunter. One of the three bounty hunters killed by Blondie during an attempted arrest of Tuco.
John Barthaas Sheriff: Captures Tuco.
Sandro Scarchillias Deputy:
Antonio Molino Rojoas Captain Harper: The good captain at the Union concentration camp whose leg is slowly deteriorating by gangrene. Harper warns Angel Eyes not to be dishonest on his watch, but Angel Eyes holds him in contempt and deliberately ignores his orders. Rojo usually played henchmen in Leone's films and other Spaghetti Westerns, but here played a more sympathetic character.
Benito Stefanellias Angel Eyes Gang Member: Henchman. Killed by Tuco. Leone's stunt coordinator who frequently had bit parts in Spaghettis.
Aldo Sambrellas Angel Eyes Gang Member: Henchman. Killed by Blondie. Sambrell was a Spanish actor whose initially small parts in Spaghetti Westerns made him somewhat famous in his home country.
Lorenzo Robledoas Angel Eyes Gang Member. Henchman. Sent to follow Blondie when he leaves Angel Eyes' hideout, after Tuco kills the bounty hunter. Blondie discovers him and shoots him in the stomach.
Enzo Petitoas General store owner: The guileless store keeper robbed by Tuco.
Livio Lorenzonas Baker: The Confederate soldier involved in the money scheme with Stevens and Carson, he sends Angel Eyes to kill Stevens and extract information from him. However, Baker himself is killed by Angel Eyes, who was paid by Stevens before his death to kill Baker.
*Angelo Novi as Monk: Head of the San Antonio Mission. Novi was one of the film's still photographers.
Chelo Alonsoas Stevens' Wife. An Italian star of the peplumfilms in the '50s and early '60s, she had worked with Leone on several of his films as an assistant director.
After the success of "
For a Few Dollars More", executives at United Artistsapproached the film’s screenwriter Luciano Vincenzoni to sign a contract for the rights to the film and for the next one. He, producer Alberto Grimaldi and Sergio Leone had no plans but with their blessing Vincenzoni pitched an idea about “a film about three rogues who are looking for some treasure at the time of the American Civil War.”cite book| last =Frayling| first =Christopher| title =Sergio Leone: Something To Do With Death| publisher =Faber & Faber| date =2000| location =| pages =| isbn =0571164382] The studio agreed but wanted to know the cost for this next film. At the same time, Grimaldi was trying to broker his own deal but Vincenzoni’s deal was more lucrative. The two men struck an agreement with UA for a million dollar budget with the studio advancing $500,000 up front and 50% of the box office takings outside of Italy. The total budget would end up being $1.3 million.
Leone built upon the screenwriter’s original concept to “show the absurdity of war...the Civil War which the characters encounter, in my frame of reference, is useless, stupid: it does not involve a 'good cause.'" An avid history buff, Leone said, “I had read somewhere that 120,000 people died in Southern camps such as Andersonville. And I was not ignorant of the fact that there were camps in the North. You always get to hear about the shameful behaviour of the losers, never the winners.” The Betterville Camp where Blondie and Tuco are imprisoned was based on steel engravings of Andersonville. Many shots in the film were influenced by archival photographs taken by
While Leone developed Vincenzoni’s idea into a script, the screenwriter recommended the comedy-writing team of Agenore Incrucci and Furio Scarpelli to work on it with Leone and Sergio Donati. According to Leone, "I couldn’t use a single thing they’d written. It was the grossest deception of my life." Donati agreed, saying, "There was next to nothing of them in the final script. They wrote only the first part. Just one line." Vincenzoni claims that he wrote the screenplay in 11 days, but he soon left the project after his relationship with Leone became strained. The three main characters all contain autobiographical elements of Leone. In an interview he said, " [Sentenza] has no spirit, he's a professional in the most banal sense of the term. Like a robot. This isn't the case with the other two. On the methodical and careful side of my character, I’d be nearer Blondie: but my most profound sympathy always goes towards the Tuco side...He can be touching with all that tenderness and all that wounded humanity.”
The film’s working title was "The Two Magnificent Tramps" and was changed just before shooting began when Vincenzoni thought up "The Good, the Bad & the Ugly" which Leone loved. The Italian title, "Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cattivo", translates to "The Good, the Ugly, the Bad".
The Franco regime approved production and provided the Spanish army for technical assistance; the film's cast includes 1,500 local militia members as extras.Fact|date=May 2007 Eastwood remembers, "They would care if you were doing a story about Spaniards and about Spain. Then they’d scrutinize you very tough, but the fact that you're doing a western that’s supposed to be laid in southwest America or Mexico, they couldn’t care less what your story or subject is."
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. Wallach mentioned this in his autobiography [Wallach, Eli (
2005). "The Good, the Bad and Me: In My Anecdotage", p. 255] and complained that while Leone was a brilliant director, he was very lax about ensuring the safety of his actors during dangerous scenes. Wallach was endangered in another scene, where he was to be hanged after a pistol was shot and the horse underneath him was to run away in fright. While the rope around Wallach's neck was severed, the horse was frightened a little too well. The horse rode off for about a mile with Wallach still on top of the horse and his hands bound behind his back. The third time Wallach's life was threatened was during the scene where he and Mario Brega jump out of a moving train. The jumping part was fine, but Wallach's life was endangered when his character attempts to sever the chain binding him to the (now dead) henchman. Tuco places the body on the railroad tracks, making the train roll over the chain to sever it. Wallach and presumably, the entire film crew were not aware of the heavy iron steps that jutted one foot out of every box car. If Wallach had stood up from his prone position at the wrong time, one of the jutting steps could have decapitated him.
The bridge in the film was reconstructed twice by sappers of the Spanish army after being rigged for on-camera explosive demolition. The first time, an Italian camera operator signaled that he was ready to shoot, which was misconstrued by an army captain as the similar sounding Spanish word meaning "start". Luckily, nobody was injured in the erroneous mistiming. As a result, the army rebuilt the bridge while other shots were filmed. As the bridge was not a prop but a rather heavy and sturdy design, powerful explosives were required to destroy it. Leone has said that this scene was, in part, inspired by
Buster Keaton’s silent film, "The General".
An international cast was employed, and actors performed in their native languages. Eastwood, Van Cleef and Wallach spoke in English, and were dubbed in Italian for the debut release in Rome. For the American version, the lead acting voices were used, but cast members were dubbed into English. The result is noticeable in the synchronization of voices to lip movements on screen; none of the dialogue is completely in sync because Leone rarely shot his scenes with synched sound. Various reasons have been cited for this: Leone often liked to play Morricone's music over a scene (and possibly shout things at them as well) to get the actors in the mood; Leone cared more for visuals than dialogue (his English was limited, at best); and 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. Also, it was a standard practice in all Italian films at this time to shoot silent and post-dub. Whatever the actual reason, all dialogue in the film was recorded in post-production. The relationship between Eastwood and Leone had remained strained from their previous collaboration and it only worsened during the dubbing sessions for the U.S. version because the actor was presented with a different script than the one they had shot with. He refused to read from this new script, insisting on using the shooting one instead.
Leone was unable to find an actual cemetery for the Sad Hill shootout scene, so the Spanish pyrotechnics chief hired 250 Spanish soldiers to build the cemetery in Carazo near
Salas de los Infantes, which they completed in two days. [" The Daily Mail" (May 6, 2005). "On the Graveyard Shift".]
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" was not released in the U.S. until January 1968.cite web |url=http://www.filmreference.com/Films-Bo-Ca/Il-Buono-Il-Brutto-Il-Cattivo.html |title=Il Brutto Il Buono Il Cattivo |accessdate=2008-01-15 |format= |work=] The original, Italian version was 2 hours, 57 minutes long, but the U.S. version was 2 hours, 41 minutes, cut 16 minutes shorter. Since the scenes were deleted before the entire film was dubbed to English, that quarter-hour's-worth of story footage rarely was shown in U.S. cinemas, nevertheless, MGM's 1998 U.S. DVD release includes them, in the original Italian, sans English subtitles.
Given that the Italian "Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cattivo" literally translates to the English: "The Good, the Ugly, the Bad", reversing the last two adjectives, advertisements for the original Italian release show Tuco "before" Angel Eyes, and, when translated to English, erroneously label Angel Eyes as "The Ugly" and Tuco as "The Bad".
The film was initially banned in Norway and did not have its premiere there until 15 years later, on October 8, 1982. Fact|date=April 2008
Critical opinion of the film on initial release was mixed as many reviewers at that time looked down on
spaghetti westerns. Roger Ebert, who later included the film in his list of Great Movies,cite book| last = Ebert| first = Roger| authorlink = Roger Ebert| title = The Great Movies II| publisher = Broadway| date = 2006| pages = | isbn = 0767919866] retrospectively noted that in his original review he had "described a four-star movie but only gave it three stars, perhaps because it was a 'spaghetti western' and so could not be art". Ebert also points out Leone's unique perspective that enables the audience to be closer to the character as we see what he sees:
Today, the film is regarded by many critics as a classic. It remains one of the most popular and well known westerns and is considered to be one of the greatest of its genre. It was part of Time's "100 Greatest movies of the last century" as selected by critics
Richard Corlissand Richard Schickel. In addition, it used to be one of the few films which enjoyed a 100% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, although the rating has since been changed to 98% due to the inclusion of a single negative review by Time Magazineon February 9, 1968, which was only recently added to the rotten tomatoes website on 11 August 2008, ten years after the fact, since Rotten Tomatoes debuted in 1998.Cite web|url=http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/good_the_bad_and_the_ugly/?critic=columns|title=The Good, the Bad and the Ugly|accessdate=2007-05-14|publisher=IGN Entertainment|author= Rotten Tomatoes|work=Reviews - Critics] Cite web|url=http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,844425,00.html|title=Time Magazine Review February 9, 1968|accessdate=2008-08-21|publisher=|author= Time Magazine|work=Reviews - Critics]
In a 2002 "
Sight & Sound" magazine poll, Quentin Tarantinovoted "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" as his choice for the best film ever made.Cite web|url=http://www.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/topten/poll/voter.php?forename=Quentin&surname=Tarantino|title=How the directors and critics voted|accessdate=2007-05-14|publisher= British Film Institute|year=2002|author=" Sight & Sound"|work=Top Ten Poll 2002]
"Empire" magazine added "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" to their Masterpiece collection in the September 2007 issue.
title=The Good, The Bad And The Ugly main theme
description=From The Good, the Bad and the Ugly soundtrack by
OggThe score is composed by frequent Leone collaborator Ennio Morricone, whose distinctive original compositions, containing gunfire, whistling(by John O'Neill), and yodelingpermeate the film. The main theme, resembling the howling of a coyote, is a two-note melody that is a frequent motif, and is used for the three main characters, with a different instrument used for each one: flutefor Blondie, ocarinafor Angel Eyes and human voices for Tuco.cite web | last = Torikian | first = Messrob | title = The Good, the Bad and the Ugly | publisher = SoundtrackNet| url = http://www.soundtrack.net/albums/database/?id=3475 | accessdate = 2007-05-26 ] cite web | last = Mansell | first = John | title = The Good, the Bad and the Ugly | publisher = Music from the Movies | url = http://www.musicfromthemovies.com/review.asp?ID=1643 | accessdate = 2007-05-26 ] cite web | last = McDonald | first = Steven | title = The Good, the Bad and the Ugly > Overview | publisher = All Music Guide | url = http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:dnfuxqe5ld6e | accessdate = 2007-05-26 ] cite web | last = Edwards | first = Mark | title = The good, the brave and the brilliant | publisher = The Times | url = http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article1580081.ece | accessdate = 2007-05-26 ] The score complements the film's American Civil Warsetting, containing the mournful ballad, " The Story of a Soldier", which is sung by prisoners as Tuco is being tortured by Angel Eyes. The film's famous climax, a three-way Mexican standoff, begins with the melody of " The Ecstasy of Gold" and is followed by "The Triple Duel".
The main theme was a hit in 1968, alongside
the Rolling Stonessong, " Jumpin' Jack Flash". The soundtrack album was on the charts for more than a year, reaching No. 4 on the "Billboard" pop album chart and No. 10 on the black album chart.cite web | title = The Good, the Bad and the Ugly charts and awards | publisher = All Music Guide | url = http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:dnfuxqe5ld6e~T3 | accessdate = 2007-05-26 ] The main theme was also a hit for Hugo Montenegro, whose rendition was a No. 2 "Billboard" pop single in 1968.cite web | title = Hugo Montenegro > Charts & Awards | publisher = All Music Guide | url = http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:3pfixqw5ldte~T5 | accessdate = 2007-05-26 ] In popular culture, the American New Wave group Wall of Voodooperformed a medley of Ennio Morricone's movie themes, including the theme for this movie. The only known recording of it is a live performance on The Index Masters. Punk rock band Ramonesplayed this song as the opening for their live album " Loco Live". The British metal band Motörheadplayed the main theme as the overture music on the 1981 "No sleep 'til Hammersmith"-Tour. American thrash metalband Metallicahas run " The Ecstasy of Gold" as prelude music at their concerts since 1985 (except between 1996-1998), and recently recorded a version of the instrumental for a compilation tribute to Morricone. XM Satellite Radio's " The Opie & Anthony Show" also open every show with "The Ecstasy of Gold".
The film was first released on DVD by
MGMin 1998. The special features contain 18 minutes of scenes which were cut for 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. Because they were cut, the scenes had not been dubbed in English and were only available in the original Italian dub on the DVD release.
In 2002, the film was restored with the 18 minutes of scenes cut for U.S. release edited back into the film. Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach were brought back in to dub their characters' lines more than 35 years after the film's original release. Voice actor
Simon Prescottsubstituted for Lee Van Cleef who died in 1989. Other voice actors filled in to dub for other actors who had since passed away. In 2004, MGM released this version in a two-disc special edition DVD.
Disc 1 contains an
audio commentarywith writer and critic Richard Schickel. Disc 2 contains two documentaries, "Leone's West" and "The Man Who Lost The Civil War", followed by the featurette, "Restoring 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly'"; an animated gallery of missing sequences entitled, "The Socorro Sequence: A Reconstruction"; an extended Tuco torture scene; a featurette called "Il Maestro"; an audio featurette named, "Il Maestro, Part 2"; a French trailer; and a poster gallery.cite video
title = The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (2-Disc Collector's Edition)
medium = DVD
location = Los Angeles, California
date = 1967 ]
This DVD was generally well received, though some purists complained about the re-mixed stereo soundtrack with many completely new sound effects (notably, all the gunshots were replaced), with no option for the original soundtrack. At least one scene which was edited back in had been cut by Leone prior to the film's release in Italy, but had shown once at the Italian premiere. It is generally believed that Leone willingly cut the scene for pacing reasons and, thus, restoring it was contrary to the director's wishes. The 1998 DVD with the original US cut with the original mono soundtrack is still available in stores, although the transfer is vastly inferior to that on the restored DVD. (However, unlike the original DVD releases of the other two "Dollars" films, the transfer is anamorphically enhanced for 16:9 televisions.)
In 2007 MGM re-released the 2004 DVD edition in their "Sergio Leone Anthology" box set. Also included were the two other "Dollars" films, and "
A Fistful of Dynamite".
* After being betrayed by Blondie, surviving the desert on his way to civilization and assembling a hybrid revolver from parts of various original makes, Tuco meets with members of his gang in a distant cave, where he conspires with them to hunt and kill Blondie.
* The sequence with Tuco and Blondie crossing the desert has been extended: Tuco mentally tortures a severely dehydrated Blondie by eating and drinking in front of him.
* During his search for Bill Carson, Angel Eyes stumbles upon an embattled Confederate outpost after a massive artillery bombardment. Once there, after witnessing the wretched conditions of the survivors, he bribes a Confederate NCO for clues about Bill Carson.
* Tuco, transporting a dehydrated Blondie, finds a Confederate camp whose occupants tell him that Brother Ramirez's monastery is nearby.
* Angel Eyes appears at a Union camp, where his affiliation with the Union Army and his rank is explained.
* Tuco and Blondie discuss their plans when departing in a wagon from Brother Ramirez's monastery.
* A scene where Blondie and Angel Eyes are resting by a creek. A man appears and Blondie shoots him. Angel Eyes asks the rest of his men to come out (all are hidden as well). When the five men come out, Blondie counts them (including Angel Eyes), and concludes that six is the perfect number. Angel Eyes asks him why, mentioning that he'd heard that three was the perfect number. Blondie responds that six is the perfect number, because he has six bullets.
* The sequence with Tuco, Blondie and the Union Captain has been extended: the Captain asks the pair questions about their pasts, which they are reluctant to answer.
As well, additional footage of the sequence where Tuco is tortured by Angel Eyes' henchman was discovered. The original negative of this footage was deemed too badly damaged to be used in the theatrical cut, but the footage appears as an extra in the 2004 DVD supplementary features.
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