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Worth A Look: 14.2%
Average: 4.32%
Pretty Bad: 1.23%
Total Crap: 2.47%

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Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, The
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by Chef ADogg

"Westerns are for old men."
5 stars

But this is not a Western.

I mean, it is, technically--but in spirit? This, in the words of 2Pac Shakur, "ain't nothin' but a gangsta party." It's a masterful blend of elegant history lesson AND pure, emphatic loogie.

Hocked upon the unsuspecting world by Sergio Leone, seemingly filmed in nothing but varying shades of red, and bringing together a mind boggling array of disparate plot threads, this movie is all about satisfaction.

The feeling one gets from this movie, the raw coldcock Leone was legendary for delivering, is heightened by the fact that this is the third in a series--not only does it work and build on its predecessors, it all but eliminates memories of their greatness.

Lesser films have a habit of dissipitating in the face of "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly."

Now, hey, I'm not one to fawn (Exception: Spike Lee or early Scorsese...I am simply helpless when it comes to whizzy pretension, and I won't even deny it), but this film (and the rest of Leone's body of work, for that matter) works best on the level of critical piss extractor.

I really can say nothing bad. Perfection.

This and "Once Upon a Time in the West" are the first Westerns that ever really did it for me--they WORK, like the best movies do. Most directors seem content to let each shot build on the last, culminating in a minor climax.

"The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" goes for the eye rolling super-orgasm, sweat oozing from every frame. How does it hit the cinematic G spot so forcefully?

Simple--let each scene play out, slowly and artfully. If you have an attention span, you WILL be rewarded. This is the kind of movie you need to stick around for, pay attention to. Don't move--don't go to refill your cup with premium ale, do not pause to light another blunt, and, unless your bladder is ready to bust its bolts in a frenzied blast of urine, do not get up to piss.

Just relax. Calm down. Enjoy true pop art.

The best thing about Leone is that he doesn't go for the simple payoff--he keeps the revelations coming at a steady clip, but always saves just a knick here and a knack there up his sleeve. Even in the end, everything is not exactly clear--you feel dazed, light headed.

The feeling is so much more pure than that which you get from most movies. Most of it adds up, but there's a little bit of ambiguity to keep your soul movin' to the groove these cats are bustin'.

The whole plot summary deal doesn't work so well for this movie, since the film's success is based upon vibe and delivery. Here's a touch: Three enemies have to find a way to fuck each other over while maintaining a front of working together in search of some gold. Sounds simple, right?

Well, yeah, but Civil War overtones and an all around shades-of-gray emotional approach keep the madness popping and save this from being just an above average oater.

That, and the attitude. None of the characters give a fuck for anything but the moolah, and there's no pretense of morals or integrity. That's why I like this movie best--honor, the old fashioned sense, is not really something I can relate to or even look up to.

There's no honor in real life. Westerns like to pretend there is.

But, y'know, this is not like most Westerns.

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User Comments

8/12/16 carl J Nonsensical crap with awful dubbing. Eastwood is his usual wooden, one note self 1 stars
10/09/14 Lisa C Full of laughable plot contrivances and coincidences, with awful dubbing and acting 1 stars
8/19/13 David Marsden Mostly bad and ugly.Nothing really good about it.Dull,overlong and campy. 2 stars
8/27/12 roscoe awful, tedious, could not stand it. very little happens in so long a length 1 stars
2/09/12 stanley welles they dont make 'em like this anymore 5 stars
11/27/10 millersxing Brilliant start to finish...just a tad laborious, but Eli Wallach was kinda funny. 5 stars
9/24/10 Flathead King An excellent film where humour and action are brilliantly blended together 5 stars
7/19/10 forest gump Extremely overrated tedious film with cool music 3 stars
6/01/10 User Name Overlong, but compelling enough to entertain. 4 stars
10/30/09 Omar Best western film ever. Plus, the music is incredible. 5 stars
9/29/09 harry lime The "not bad" but not that "good". 4 stars
8/05/09 chicka fergy Slow tedious but cool music 3 stars
8/05/09 Michael Price Greatest musical score.But greatest western? Go watch the searchers the wild bunch shane 3 stars
6/14/09 matt forget westerns... its THE best movie ever 5 stars
6/17/08 Johnnyfaye With the amazing music, the amazing acting you get the grest western ever made. 5 stars
2/26/08 pkr I secund to ever 5 stars reviewer here. 5 stars
9/28/07 mr.mike all praise due 5 stars
8/26/07 Yasoda i love the characters, the music, the vistas...the lack of dialogue.. excellent 5 stars
4/27/07 Vincent Tarantino was right, the climax is the most perfect scene.. Probably the coolest movie ever 5 stars
3/26/07 Eric R Best Western ever made. Period. 5 stars
3/07/07 David Pollastrini not bad for a spaghetti western 4 stars
2/04/07 Double M Kickass characters, Awesome dialogue and The GREATEST scene EVER filmed (the last shootout) 5 stars
1/31/07 William Boyle Wildly over-rated film. Too little story with way too much time to tell it in. 2 stars
12/02/06 R.W.Welch Mostly an excercise in style, but it's quite a style. B+ 4 stars
9/29/06 Josh Racine Killer movie. What more can I say? 5 stars
9/24/06 Franklin A. It doesn't get cooler than this. 5 stars
9/16/06 rwelsh Leone, Morricone, delli Colli-The greatest team in cinema history-We were not worthy 5 stars
4/30/06 Joshua Sergio Leone's greatest achievement. 5 stars
4/18/06 AJ The greatest western of them all! 5 stars
11/21/05 Quigley the movie runs way too long, but the story is good and occasionally funny 4 stars
11/18/05 John Dog The best western movie of all-time. 5 stars
10/16/05 Moctezuma Feels a little bit too long, but it's still overwhelming entertainment 5 stars
9/21/05 James Churchill This is crazy. Best western of all time. Eli Wallach and Clint Eastwood are incredible 5 stars
9/08/05 Johnny Totally awesome western. 5 stars
8/29/05 Michael Bad And Ugly 1 stars
8/22/05 Eden Cinematically perfect. Best music and direction ever. And best ending ever 5 stars
8/19/05 ES have to watch this and the wild bunch every so often, just for the best of the west 5 stars
7/29/05 The Man With No Name This is a real western, a classic 5 stars
6/15/05 Phil Well put Cindy! Coolest film ever . 5 stars
5/02/05 Tuco "When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk." 5 stars
3/31/05 Cindy Sheeks Who could watch this movie without remembering the theme music forever after? A classic. 5 stars
3/25/05 Carolyn Rathburn I am a western fan, but this movie was long and slow moving, almost boring 3 stars
3/23/05 indrid cold Given its reputation, kind of a let down, but great visuals. 4 stars
3/22/05 craig varney i eat these spaghetti westerns up clint eastwood is as cool as ice 5 stars
3/22/05 Kevin Rose One of the best Clint Eastwood movies. 5 stars
3/20/05 Chris Stephens One of the best westerns ever 5 stars
3/17/05 Naughty Devil Man Uh...where's the plot? 3 stars
3/01/05 ALF Greatest Western Ever! 5 stars
11/25/04 Tony Fucking gnarly! 5 stars
10/15/04 Jim Not a bad movie 3 stars
9/26/04 sbpat21 a powerful masterpiece 5 stars
9/20/04 Dr Shroud. COOOOOOOOOOL-especially the part where he shoots Tuco off the horse with the cannon-Gold!!! 5 stars
9/06/04 FC Excellent 5 stars
7/31/04 magaafi harry ur gay 5 stars
7/28/04 matt gr8 westrn...10/10 5 stars
6/07/04 Ryan Clark I'm not typically into westerns, but this is a masterpiece, with the best soundtrack ever. 5 stars
6/01/04 mfa willie aames the foundation all other films stand on this sonofabitch 5 stars
5/31/04 Nobody typical western, but entertaining 4 stars
5/31/04 Troy Kuprash Not A Big Eastwood Fan, But Good Movie 4 stars
5/20/04 Proteus "So that's where that tune came from!" says everyone I've forced to watch this. Beloved. 5 stars
5/18/04 JoeManco If you're gonna shoot, shoot. Don't talk. How can you not love this movie? 5 stars
3/27/04 annberry clint is classic, period 4 stars
3/26/04 Alan Blondie, Angel Eyes, and Tuco. Unforgetable characters, score, direction and film. 5 stars
3/26/04 Kimberly Kay Crellin Fire up that Stogie, Clint... 5 stars
2/14/04 coladdict The best and final film in a superb, unconnected (?) trilogy 5 stars
12/23/03 the Grinch OUATITOW had the misfortune to be an early script of Argento...good, but TGTBTU is superior 5 stars
12/07/03 Monster W. Kung Good, but not as great as Once Upon a Time in the West. 4 stars
12/05/03 john it's sensational! As good as Eastwood is Wallach still manages to steal the movie! 5 stars
12/04/03 Agent Sands (previously Mr. Hat) Not just one of the top best westerns ever, but one of the best movies period. Great score! 5 stars
11/30/03 Sammy really really really very very very sweet 5 stars
9/19/03 ...those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig. A Masterpiece. 5 stars
9/17/03 Alan Blondie, Angel Eyes, and Tuco. Unforgetable characters, score, direction and film. 5 stars
9/16/03 Shams Huque "When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk." :-D 5 stars
9/06/03 Dimitri Aubert Another masterpiece from Sergio Leone, with great actors and musics. 5 stars
8/31/03 Double G i loved it 5 stars
6/18/03 Andrew Callaway Incredible. Powerful. You don't need to like westerns to like this. 5 stars
5/29/03 Biff Boffo Van Cleef as Vice..Eastwood as Virtue..and Eli Wallach steals the show as a lil' o' both!! 5 stars
3/12/03 Butterball Cenobite great scene after great scene; surprise after surprise after surprise 5 stars
12/17/02 The Mnemonic Best Movie Ever! 5 stars
11/18/02 SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION have all the eastwood westerns on dvd,all them r xellent inc...the un4given 5 stars
10/30/02 Patrick yes...yes...this IS a classic. 5 stars
9/27/02 Tom Fleeman The best damn spaghetti western ever made. 5 stars
9/21/02 Buddha Great film, but it steals pretty liberally from Kurosawa. 4 stars
8/04/02 daniboy wow 5 stars
7/30/02 marcot Most scenes are just a bliss 5 stars
6/28/02 Mikey Endlessly entertaining.......Viva the Southwest ! 5 stars
6/10/02 Tonyvdb the best western ever made 5 stars
6/07/02 Interrog8 A true western classic. Eastwood's best film ever 5 stars
5/25/02 Charles Tatum Sergio Leone was a genius 5 stars
5/19/02 john waite wot can i say?...the greatest film ever in my gritty leather faced classic 5 stars
4/08/02 stoolie-bird a bit long but overall its classic clint 4 stars
3/25/02 Mansur Miyazi A real classic. Worth watching umpteen times 5 stars
3/13/02 Mic OUaTitW had a more involving plot. This one just has 3 idiots running around. 4 stars
2/11/02 will landale best western i've ever seen 5 stars
1/31/02 Deanna "Hey, Blondie!" Damn amazing. 5 stars
12/23/01 Andrew Carden For Eastwood Fare, It's Not Very Good. For Leone Fare, It's Great. 4 stars
10/17/01 Kieran Belshaw Bloody brilliant film and 'Mr Hat' is a twat for not thinking the same way.(No offence) 5 stars
9/16/01 Mr. Hat (formerly Joe Zappa) Overrated. 3 stars
9/09/01 Comrade Tombstone The greatest Western movie ever produced, period!!! Clint Eastwood's best!!! 5 stars
8/22/01 bdf20 beat western ever made 5 stars
7/03/01 King of Bros What's Dirty Harry doing in the 1800's? 5 stars
7/02/01 Boomshanka Eastwood at his best, top of the genre, but the genre is ordinary. 4 stars
6/19/01 John Rammutt was very interesting 4 stars
6/15/01 zombie one of the best films of all time. 5 stars
5/31/01 charles delano conley overly long; but a very great western 5 stars
4/09/01 Clara R Bragg I JUST LOVED 5 stars
3/08/01 master.node Good movie. Important movie. Not a great movie. 4 stars
3/04/01 Shams Huque Best Western Ever! 5 stars
2/14/01 Lee Along with "The Outlaw Josey Wales" it's Clint's finest western 5 stars
2/08/01 Terrie Smith Overlong but a hell of a film; great Spanish locales & Morricone's music. 5 stars
2/07/01 Skip Magical 5 stars
2/04/01 GoodOzone Though a "fantasy" western - one of the best! 5 stars
2/03/01 Andre D'Urbano Stunning cinematography, moving soundtrack 5 stars
1/15/01 Harvey Colley The, "BEST", movie ever made. Bar none. 5 stars
1/13/01 Invader This is a legend of a movie although a little slow ,but hell I will watch it anytime. 4 stars
1/12/01 Skip One of my 3 favorite films, tied with The Godfather and Goodfellas. Ennio Morricone's score 5 stars
1/02/01 stranded on the Island Not only one of the best westerns ever made, this stands as one of the best FILMS ever made 5 stars
12/13/00 mareek best weston ever beat once upon a time in the west with more than ½00% 5 stars
12/05/00 Izzy This movie i saw when i was 10 now i am 15 and still watch it a lot! Love it!Unbeatable! 5 stars
11/28/00 Cristopher Revilla the best of the triology 5 stars
9/26/00 Terrie Smith The close-ups; the landscape; the gunfights; the music. Overlong, but great. 5 stars
7/19/00 Dan The best wetern evr made 5 stars
5/30/00 Jack-O-Grenade The Greatest Movie ever made!!!!!!!!!! Perfection and No Comparison 5 stars
5/26/00 Jason Cooke This is the only western movie that I can stand. 5 stars
5/19/00 tank A fine western with Ennio Morricone's memorbale score. 4 stars
5/07/00 Klute. Great stuff, but not perfection. All style, no originality. 4 stars
5/02/00 master.node Most parts are good. Some parts are really annoying. Others, you have to be Italian. 4 stars
4/04/00 Tim Booth hands down, the best 5 stars
4/01/00 TimmyToday Blondie, you son of a ....aa-ah-ahhh! Nuff said! 5 stars
3/17/00 Chris M. A must see. Everything about it is great. 5 stars
3/14/00 Paulo Arballo Plain and simple one of the greatest movies ever filmed. Entertaining and masterfully made 5 stars
2/17/00 Merlin Jones You missed Eli Walic in the Cast 5 stars
2/11/00 Graham Suorsa Excellent Cinematography 4 stars
12/16/99 Japtalian All you assholes are missing one of the major reasons this movie rocks! The soundtrack. 5 stars
7/07/99 Ben Leostein Rating: ***½ (out of ****) Category: "Very Good" 5 stars
6/29/99 Chris Gianaras Greatest western ever made without a doubt. 5 stars
5/13/99 Great-see it on a BIG SCREEN! 5 stars
4/15/99 Jon Jackson Like Snoop said, this movie "is the shiznit beeach!" 5 stars
3/10/99 little jerry Brilliant Clint film but give credit where credit's due. Eli Wallach steals the show. 5 stars
2/07/99 Don Wilson Great movie Eastwood sure knows how to make a western 5 stars
1/15/99 Christ Monkey Plain and simple, the best of its kind. You won't see another western this good. 5 stars
12/04/98 Lord Of The Dunce Sergio Leone did it so well that even crappy dubbing didn't hurt it. 5 stars
12/01/98 Silent Rob Sprawling epic of greed, deceit and loyalty. (See the letterboxed DVD if at all possible!) 5 stars
11/30/98 Johny Leone and Eastwood sure know how to make a western 5 stars
11/29/98 Q-Meister A must see of the Western Genre. Clint Eastwood at his finest. 5 stars
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