The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966): no funny title

A historic movie. A chilling theme tune. A long and awesome western. Why are you reading this if you have not seen the film?

Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach are the good the bad and the ugly respectively. After some unfortunate events (or maybe lucky ones) during the Civil war, they begin a quest to find a buried fortune.

Realization moment: The habit of letting the person you want to kill, talk or let him die in mysterious ways, is not very recent. Of course I am referring to numerous times where Tuco (the ugly) tried to kill blondie (the good). But let us be honest. Would you want Tuco have a different approach? [Spoiler alert] there is a very welcome exception to this general rule while Tuco is taking a bath.

Attitude is everything. It is a film from 1974 were even one stare was enough to realize that sh!# just got serious. Even in the era of the Civil war, the poor clothes and sweat did not make you feel uncomfortable but contrariwise made you appreciate the style these actors had.

If you think it is a western and an old one and thus you would be provided with an at least semi-predictable plot, [Spoiler alert] you are utterly wrong. The film is about 3 hours long with lots of suspense, ups and downs but never something annoyingly different and unrealistic.


If you have not understand what this is about, read the following. Even there is a lot of hype in this article, it is not an enormous blockbuster of the past millennium. However, it is a great relic of quality film-making that passed down to history. Schedule 3-4 hours ahead of time to see The good the bad and the ugly, maybe even a second time.

Favourite quotes

  • "Tuco: If you work for a living, why do you kill yourself working?"
  • "Tuco: I like big fat men like you. When they fall, they make more noise... and sometimes they never get up."
  • "Blondie: If your friends stay out in the damp, they're liable to catch a cold aren't they... or a bullet."
  • "Blondie: One, two, three, four, five, six. Six. Perfect number. Angel Eyes: Huh. Isn't three the perfect number? Blondie: Mm... yeah. But I've got six more bullets in my gun."