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Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The (1966, Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef)



The culmination of Sergio Leone’s renowned Dollars series that includes A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965). Set during the Civil War, this wagonload of grit carries three desperadoes whose squinting eyes are fixed on a Confederate treasure. While dodging authorities, they keep busy stabbing each other firmly in the back. A typical Leone picture with brooding vistas, leisurely pacing, operatic violence, and a haunting score from Morricone.

Of the title of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly director Sergio Leone said, ‘The real West was the world of violence, fear, and brutal instincts. In pursuit of profit there is no such thing as good and evil; everything depends on chance.’

production details
USA – Italy | United Artists | 161 minutes | 1966

Director: Sergio Leone
Producer: Alberto Grimaldi
Original Story: Luciano Vincenzoni
Cinematography: Tonino Delli Colli
Editors: Eugenio Alabiso, Nino Baragli
Music: Ennio Morricone
Script: Sergio Leone
Art Direction: Carlo Simi

Eli Wallach as Tuco
Lee Van Cleef as Sentenza/Angel Eyes
Nazzareno Natale as Mexican Bounty Hunter (uncredited)
Clint Eastwood as Blondie
Aldo Giuffrè as Alcoholic Union Captain
Luigi Pistilli as Father Pablo Ramirez
Rada Rassimov as Maria
John Bartha as Sheriff
Livio Lorenzon as Baker
Antonio Casale as Jackson/Bill Carson
Angelo Novi as Monk
Enzo Petito as Storekeeper
Claudio Scarchilli as Mexican Peon
Sandro Scarchilli as Mexican Peon
Benito Stefanelli as Member of Angel Eyes’ Gange
Antonio Casas as Stevens
Aldo Sambrell as Member of Angel Eyes’ Gang
Al Mulock as One-Armed Bounty Hunter
Sergio Mendizábal as Blonde Bounty Hunter
Antonio Molino Rojo as Capt. Harper
Lorenzo Robledo as Member of Angel Eyes’ Gang
Mario Brega as Cpl. Wallace
Chelo Alonso as Stevens’ Wife (uncredited)
José Terrón as Thomas ‘Shorty’ Larson (uncredited)
Silvana Bacci as Mexican Girl with Blondie (uncredited)
Román Ariznavarreta as Bounty Hunter (uncredited)
Frank Braña as Bounty Hunter #2 (uncredited)
Fortunato Arena as 1st Sombrero Onlooker at Tuco’s 1st Hanging (uncredited)
Amerigo Castrighella as 2nd Sombrero Onlooker at Tuco’s 1st Hanging (uncredited)
Attilio Dottesio as 3rd Sombrero Onlooker at Tuco’s 1st Hanging (uncredited)
Saturno Cerra as Bounty Hunter (uncredited)
Luigi Ciavarro as Member of Angel Eye’s Gang (uncredited)
Romano Puppo as Member of Angel Eye’s Gang (uncredited)
Tony Di Mitri as Deputy (uncredited)
Veriano Ginesi as Bald Onlooker at Tuco’s 1st Hanging (uncredited)
Jesús Guzmán as Pardue the Hotel Owner (uncredited)
Víctor Israel as Sergeant at Confederate Fort (uncredited)
Ricardo Palacios as Bartender in Socorro (uncredited)
Antoñito Ruiz as Stevens’ Youngest Son (uncredited)
Aysanoa Runachagua as Pistolero Recruited by Tuco in the Cave (uncredited)
Philip Ettington as Baby Pedro (uncredited)