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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
For three men the Civil War wasn't hell. It was practice.Dec. 23, 1966Italy161 Min.R
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The movie tells the story of 3 guys who chase, frequently at the cost of other people, information about the location of a buried treasure of diamonds. Tuco has a partnership with Blondie (The Great, played by Clint Eastwood) where the latter turns him for the reward money that both then divide after Blondie saves Tuco from hanging at the last minute. Meanwhile, a third character called Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef, playing with the Bad) has learned of a concealed trunk of gold possessed by a Confederate soldier named Bill Carson. He sets off to locate the gold. Shortly, Blondie grows tired of his relationship with Tuco, and leaves Tuco from the desert with no water. Tuco endures and is intent on exacting revenge on his partner. He sees Blondie, and turns the tables by planning to abandon him. Before Tuco can finish his torture at the New Mexico desert, a runaway stagecoach filled with dead and dying Confederate soldiers appears. Bill Carson, the man with all the whereabouts of this stone, dying from hunger, persuades Tuco for him a beverage by revealing the name of the graveyard where the loot is located. Dressed from the uniforms of their dead soldiers, Tuco takes Blondie, near death, to a local Catholic mission run with his brother, a priest. Even though Blondie recovers, Tuco and also his brother (Luigi Pistilli) face each other about the mistakes each has made in existence. After leaving the assignment, the two impersonating Confederate soldiers are captured and taken to a Union prison camp. Angel Eyes and his colleague Wallace beat and torture Tuco till he reveals the location of this cemetery. When Angel Eyes learns that Blondie knows the name, he changes tactics. He suggests a partnership, and accompanied by six or five killers, they leave to discover the coins. Tuco escapes while being transported in the camp by train, in the process Wallace. At the nearest town, Tuco experiences a bounty hunter (Al Mulock) he had hurt at the start of the movie, who seeks his resurrection. As Tuco shoots the bounty hunter, Blondie, who’s in exactly the same city with Angel Eyes, admits the noise of Tuco’s gun, strikes him out, and then he and Tuco restart their partnership. They kill Angel Eyes’ gunmen along the main road, but Angel Eyes himself escapes. Tuco and Blondie stumble upon a battle between the Union and the Confederates, fighting to get a bridge of questionable strategic value. Considering that the cemetery is on the side of this bridge, they choose to ruin it and induce the soldiers move to battle. On the opposite side of this lake Tuco slopes Blondie by horseback and finally enters the nearby graveyard. Tuco frantically searches around the graveyard for its grave of Arch Stanton. Eventually Tuco finds it, but until he can start digging he is held at gunpoint by Blondie, who subsequently is held at gunpoint by Angel Eyes, that has finally caught up to both of these. Blondie reveals that Arch Stanton’s grave contains just a decomposing corpse. Blondie subsequently leads both of these in an empty patch of land in the center of the cemetery. He writes the name of the real grave beneath a stone that he places at the center. After placing Tuco fastening it into a nearby tree and making Tuco stand to the unstable wooden cross of one of the graves, Blondie takes half the coins and rides away while Tuco cries for assistance. In a dramatic turn, Blondie turns around to take at the rope above Tuco’s head, as he was able to do in their own days of partnership, freeing him one last time before riding off as Tuco screams in rage.
Original title Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo
IMDb Rating 8.8 648,376 votes
TMDb Rating 8.4 4,615 votes