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

When it comes to being awesome as you hold a gun, very few actors can match the magic and charisma that Clint Eastwood has. It is hard not to get a tingle in your body when he comes on-screen, holding a gun.

In one of his earlier films, “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”, he plays a gunslinger named Blondie. He is the “Good”. He stumbles across the “Bad” Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef) and the “Ugly” Tuco (the late Eli Wallach). They are involved in a plot that involves finding buried grave that Blondie knows the name of, but Tuco knows the cemetery name of.

What made the movie popular at the time, I suppose, was that it was one of the first “spaghetti” Westerns (it was violent for its time, and has some swears, but aside from that parents, any kid as young as middle school would be fine.) This is mainly due to the help of Italian director Sergio Leone. He gives the right amount of screen time to each of the three main characters. That does not mean that they are on the screen for the same amount of time, but just enough to aid the story.

It also helps that the movie is accompanied by one of the most known western themes in film history. Composed by the always unique Ennio Morricone, the music is known to those who may not have even seen (or heard of) this movie.

My problem with the movie was the runtime. I admire that the movie spent some time showing the Civil War (something I have not seen much in Westerns), but I feel they spent a little too much time doing so). Nevertheless, the movie is a great western, worth the search for at the video store or library. By the end, I did not see three characters represented as “Good”, “Bad”, or “Ugly”. I saw three men with each quality. It was just that each had more of one of the three.

Overall: 4 Stars ****

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