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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Special Edition) (1966)

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, more...
Director: Sergio Leone, Sergio Leone
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: MGM
Genre: Foreign, Spain, Civil War, Westerns, Spaghetti Westerns
Languages: English, Italian
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Cantonese, Mandarin, Manda
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In the last and the best installment of his so-called "Dollars" trilogy of Sergio Leone-directed "spaghetti westerns," Clint Eastwood reprised the role of a taciturn, enigmatic loner. Here he searches for a cache of stolen gold against rivals the Bad (Lee Van Cleef), a ruthless bounty hunter, and the Ugly (Eli Wallach), a Mexican bandit. Though dubbed "the Good," Eastwood's character is not much better than his opponents -- he is just smarter and shoots faster. The film's title reveals its ironic attitude toward the canonized heroes of the classical western. "The real West was the world of violence, fear, and brutal instincts," claimed Leone. "In pursuit of profit there is no such thing as good and evil, generosity or deviousness; everything depends on chance, and not the best wins but the luckiest." Immensely entertaining and beautifully shot in Techniscope by Tonino Delli Colli, the movie is a virtually definitive "spaghetti western," rivaled only by Leone's own Once Upon a Time in the West (1968). The main musical theme by Ennio Morricone hit #1 on the British pop charts. Originally released in Italy at 177 minutes, the movie was later cut for its international release. ~ Yuri German, All Movie Guide

Special features:

  • Extended 3-hour version
  • Audio commentary with film historian Richard Shickel
  • Documentary Leone's West
  • Documentary The Leone Style
  • Documentary The Man Who Lost the Civil War
  • Featurette Reconstructing THE GOOD, THE BAD, & THE UGLY
  • Featurette Il Maestro: Ennio Morricone and THE GOOD, THE BAD, & THE UGLY
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Poster Gallery
You might also enjoy:
A Fistful of Dollars
First film in the trilogy was inspired by Yojimbo

High Plains Drifter
Eastwood as a director's own take on the "man with no name" Western frontier tale; underrated and worth a look

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Special Edition) (1966)
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Kurosawa Westerns
A list of Kurosawa films, and the American westerns they inspired.
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