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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (DVD)
Member Name: tgoldring
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (DVD)
Date: 13/02/02, updated on 13/02/02 (205 review reads)
Advantages: Acting, Music, Photography
Disadvantages: Too long?
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is an astonishing film by Sergio Leone, and is one of my favourite films (at the moment; my list tends to change according to the mood I'm in!).
Clint Eastwood stars as Blondie (The Good), although he is not 'good' in the traditional sense of the word. For example, he almost kills the 'ugly' at the end of film in order to give him time to get away. The 'Ugly', Tuco, is played by Eli Wallach, and is easily the most complpex character in the film. In the desert sequence, he tortures Blondie by dragging him through the desert, whereas in the following scenes he tries to become his best friend. He represents the ugly side of people beautifully. Finally, the 'bad', Angel Eyes, played by Lee Van Cleef. He is totally evil, as the scene where he gives a meal to Tuco shows, and is totally ruthless in order to achieve his goal. But what is his dream? What do all the charaters have in common?
Blondie and Tuco are partners - they have an agreement whereby Tuco commits a crime in a town and becomes a wanted man. Blondie then hands him over to the authorities and collects the reward for his head. As Tuco is about to be hung, Blondie shoots the rope he is to be hung with, and they both escape, sharing the reward. This plan works well until they have a falling out, and Blondie leaves Tuco in the desert (another side of Blondie's not-so-good character). However, Tuco survives and is set on revenge - which he does by dragging Blondie through the desert and almost killing him.
Just before Blondie dies, they come across a dieing man in a carriage, who tells Tuco of a great treasure (£200,000) in a graveyard. The man needs water, and so Tuco rushes to go and get him some - but while he is gone, the man tells Blondie the name on the gravestone where the treausure is buried. The man then dies.
So Tuco, desperate for the name on the gravestone, helps Blondie to recover. However, they
get caught and placed in the Union Prisoner of War Camp (it is the civil war), run by a sadistic general, Angel Eyes. He learns of the treasure, and finds out that they know of its location. He then takes them to hunt the treasure down...
All of the characters, and especially the 3 leads, are beautifully acted; they all play of each other extremely well. Angel Eyes is oneof the most evil 'baddies' I have seen, while Tuco is amazingly complex - there are so many sides to his personality. And Eastwood is just fantastic.
Another highlight of the film is a music score by Ennio Morricone. It is surely one of the most famous film scores, and fits in with the film perfectly. This is especially true in the climatic final showdown between the 3 fighters, to decide who gets the treasure. The scene, accompanied by the pulsating music, builds up to breaking point, and has become a recognisable classic 5 minutes of film.
The movie is certainly long, but every scene has value in making complete sense of the movie. The photography is also incredible, and adds to the overall effect of the movie.
All in all, a movie not to missed. It is thought-provoking, epic, wondrous, but with edgy tension. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly deserves to come on every 'top 100' film list if only for the brilliant final scene.
You must see this movie. See it. Now. Stop reading this review, it does not do justice to the film!