The Good, The Bad and the Ugly tells the story of three free agents who during the American civil war (1861-1865) pursue a gold treasure. Although they hate each other, they are by a combination of circumstances forced to cooperate. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly is a study in greed humans. Everyone in the film is greedy, underhanded, corrupt and amoralistisch. Leone paints a world full of chaos in which everyone should keep his head above water.
The story is told in a combination of experimental style exercises, cynical humor, action scenes, opera-like drama and epic-historical scenes. In the film the IMDb Top 250 is in fifth place, making it the highest ranked western.
Tuco (Eli Wallach), "The Ugly", is a Mexican Bandit who, during the American civil war (1863) due to numerous crimes declared outlaw and sat on the heels by many bounty hunters. One day he meets a mysterious Bounty Hunter: the man with no name, nicknamed Blondie (Clint Eastwood). Tuco and Blondie ("The Good") decide to cooperate in a strange way: every time delivers Blondie Blondie to the police after which Tuco from it back releases. That way he can pocket the premium for Tuco over and over again.
Meanwhile, a third man, "The Bath", which "Angel Eyes" is named (Lee Van Cleef), commissioned by a certain Baker's quest for a lost man named Jackson. Stevens, a former accomplice of Baker tells him that Jackson under the name Bill Carson at the Southern military service has taken and betrays that Baker seeks him because "Carson" know where a gold stock of the Confederation has remained. Angel Eyes killed Stevens, but not before it has paid him to kill Baker, which Angel Eyes still does so that he can behind the gold to himself.
If Blondie Tuco sometime in the lurch, like this on revenge. Tuco takes Blondie caught using three bandits and tortures him by letting him walk through the desert without water while travelling with him on horseback. However, they find a dying man In the desert: Bill Carson. This tells to Tuco that on the cemetery of Sad Hill a gold treasure is buried. Then go get water for the dying Carson Tuco and Blondie goes with him in conversation. As Tuco comes back is the dying man already died but not before he named the grave to the dying Blondie had been told. The two are now faced with a dilemma: they hate each other, but Tuco knows only the name of the cemetery and Blondie only the name of the grave-so they have to work together. Tuco takes Blondie by car from Carson to the monastery of his brother Pablo and rescues so forced Blondies life. Shortly after their departure from the monastery, they are picked up by Union troops after all, because they are disguised as soldiers of the Confederacy.
Tuco In the prison camp is included under the name Bill Carson. Angel Eyes, that an old acquaintance of the two is, there appears to be also, because he had heard that the Group would pull through the desert by Carson: if they'd survived the odds that they would end up in the prison camp. Angel Eyes in the camp acts as a sergeant, where he let rip off prisoners and spank by corporal Wallace. Because he recognizes the name Carson let him torture Tuco by Wallace, until it reveals that the treasure on Sad Hill is and that Blondie knows the name on the grave. Angel Eyes Blondie knows well enough to know that this will not talk and offers him so to to work with him. Tuco is taken by Wallace to be executed, but escaped from the train and killed Wallace.
The gang of Blondie and Angel Eyes arrive in a city that is evacuated because of a nearby battle. Tuco is coincidentally the same city within and is attacked by a bounty hunter who recognizes him. Blondie shoots Tuco hears the shot with which the man and discovered Tuco. Close again the two joined forces and have the men of Angel Eyes out. Angel Eyes itself is, however, already off.
As Tuco and Blondie Sad Hill approaching they encounter on a bridge where by Northerners and Southerners fought to is. Both sides should conquer the bridge, but not destroy him. Tuco and Blondie blowing up the bridge with dynamite and make each other's half of the secret known: the treasure is Sad Hill, in the tomb of Arch Stanton.
Tuco betrays Blondie again and drive at full speed to Sad Hill, where he discovered the tomb of Arch Stanton and start digging. However, persuades him and throws him a Blondie kick , to shortly afterwards to be surprised by Angel Eyes. Blondie kicks open the coffin, however, and shows that there is only a corpse in. Because only he knows the correct name he writes this on a stone that he lay down in the middle of the cemetery, after which the case will be fought. The three are some minutes to shoot in a triangle.
Then comes Angel Eyes in action and tries to shoot down Blondie. Blondie shoots him dead, however, so he falls in an empty tomb. Blondie had previously all the bullets from the revolver by Tuco so once she met, he didn't had to do with both Tuco and Angel Eyes. The Tomb shows a nameless grave are beside that of Arch Stanton. Tuco digs the treasure on, but Blondie has a noose knotted. Next he Tuco on a wooden cross, with the rope around his neck which is stuck on a branch of a tree, after which he leaves him with half of the loot. As Tuco is about to lose his balance, shooting the rope from a far distance then Blondie of the sling through so Tuco with his face on the pockets with gold, after which he falls leaving Blondie berating.
|Lee Van Cleef||Taj/Angel Eyes|
|Aldo Giuffrè||Drunken Union Captain|
|Luigi Pistilli||Father Pablo Ramirez|
|Claudio Scarchilli||Bounty Hunter in Ghost Town|
|John Bartha||Sheriff||as John Bartho|
|Antonio Casale||Jackson/Bill Carson|
After A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More is this film the final closing of the triptych. Leone's directing style is now down to the perfect effect. Innumerable close-ups, countless slowly accumulated scenes and countless foreign total shots make this movie an experimental piece of avant-garde cinema.
The story is completely subordinated to the image. It is this time only a pursuit by the Wild West in which the characters from one location to the other and from one action scene to walk.
While the previous two parts are still set in an unnamed period, this movie clearly placed against a historical setting. The American civil war is a perfect backdrop for the story of greed and betrayal. It's a definite study to the bad in man and the presence of a pointless war gives the film an extra dimension.
The music of Ennio Morricone is very famous and the flute tune is still very popular. In this film, the music is still more present than in the previous parts. The combination between image and music starts here even to adopt opera-like proportions. For a number of scenes is separate music written specially for that one scene fits. Those scenes are then carried by the music as an opera vocal parts that do.
According to Leone himself was the presence of Tuco (Eli Wallach) the largest contribution to the film. He provides comic relief and by contrast to the gloomy drama and gives all the violence. Eastwood and Van Cleef copy actually their roles from the previous two films. Eli Wallach put pressure as hyperactive, talking, deep believer, cowardly, backstabbing, greedy and especially nasty Bandit down a humorous character that was previously not documented in a western occurred. He's actually a kind of parody of the wickedness of man.
In 1968 "Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo" the second prize at the Laurel Awards.
- The correct translation of the Italian title is actually the good, the bad and the ugly, but as with C'era una volta il west (Once Upon a Time in the West) is for the English title yet somewhat deviated from the original.
- Only the three main characters Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach spoke English in their text in the. All other actors (with the exception of Al Mulock) expressed their text in Italian and were for the English-language version of the film dubbed. With the mouth movements was not taken into account. Mickey Knox has taken charge of the English dubbing.
- When Tuco and Blondie/Biondo in the camp are stuck, is an orchestra. A man in a deck chair must ensure that the choir going all the way, otherwise the fight between Tuco and Wallace audible. The man in the deck chair originally said: "Piú Eccelenti ARCHITETTI forte" (play harder) on the English sound track he says: "More feeling"
- Also, when visiting his brother Pablo Ramirez, Tuco (Luigi Pistilli) says Tuco against his brother: "What about our parents?". Pistilli that only Italian could spoke Italian back. Tuco replied English back.
- Il Buono, il brutto, il cattivo was recorded in Italy (in Lazio) and in Spain (including Burgos and Tabernas).
- The soundtrack of Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo, created by Ennio Morricone, is world famous and is still used in many other movies and television programs.
- The song ' Estacy of Gold ' is on the cd ' We all love Ennio Morricone ' by Metallica later covered.
- Metallica used this same number for years as intro tape at their performances.