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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Published June 22, 2009

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Film info

  • Title The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Director Sergio Leone
  • Year 1966
  • Run time 2hrs 58m
  • Genre Western
  • Tagline For three men the civil war wasn't hell. It was practice

Set during the Civil War, three disparate drifters... (the poncho-clad, cigar-chewing, silent but supremely confident Man With No Name--The Good; the evil bounty hunter--The Bad; and a renegade Mexican bandit--The Ugly)... search for a Confederate cash box containing $200,000, which is hidden in a distant cemetery in an unmarked grave. Their journey will carry them through the ferocity of the Civil War landscape. Sometimes they masquerade as Confederates, and others as Yankees. When they arrive at the cemetery and find the treasure is when the REAL violence begins...

Live blog

TimeComment
0:23 Oooh, I recognise that theme. I actually didn’t realise what it was from.
2:05 Weirdest opening credits ever, really hard to read.
4:35 OH MY GOD! Actual tumbleweed!
8:15 They don’t say much in these films, do they?
10:41 Ten minutes before the first words are spoken. Is that normal?
12:52 How many times? I do not enjoy watching closeups of people eating.
15:30 Where’s Clint?
17:24 Wow. Thanks for telling me he was the bad one. I never would have guessed, what with all the unnecessary killing and all.
18:15 Yay for Clint. Who knew I would be so happy to see Clint?
25:09 Uh oh. A man with no legs. X-Files flashback.
27:34 I wonder how many takes/how much practice it takes to jump on the back of a moving horse?
29:15 It seems like “the good” is a relative term.
32:10 The lip synching for this is so bad, it’s like they don’t actually have a script! (_Update:_ later discovered that only the main guys spoke English, everyone else spoke in their native language, hence the overdubbing. Weird.)
37:04 I like that the shopkeeper is essentially being robbed, could be shot at any time, but is rolling his eyes at the intruder all the same.
56:10 I’m sure we saw one of those big green plants at the Eden Project. I can’t be sure though, because the Eden Project was basically just one giant big green plant.
1:21:34 It’s almost like ugly is the star of the show. He is certainly upstaging Clint.
1:35:28 I’ve decided that a Western is all about squinting a lot, staring into the distance and wrinkling your face up.
1:49:30 A train! In a Western! Any chance it will travel through time?
1:52:05 How do these guys sleep outside on the hard, dusty ground, with all the bugs? I camped out for two nights and was ill for a fortnight afterwards.
2:02:33 Do guns work underwater? Are they adversely affected by bubble bath?
2:33:39 This is a very difficult extra depth to the film that I am struggling to get on board with. It’s hard to understand why the protagonists would have sympathy for those in the war, when they are so happy to shoot and kill each other for no reason.
2:48:09 Ahhh, they were both sweating but Clint wasn’t. He ain’t afraid of no showdown.

Conclusions

This is another film I had no idea about. I’ve heard of it, and I know it’s got Clint Eastwood in it, but I’ve never even seen a proper western before, so I didn’t know what to expect.

It won’t come as a surprise to you that I found this film much too long. However, I did enjoy it, and the story did sweep me along, to a point. It was a slow-starting film, took half an hour to introduce the three characters. As I understand it, this is part of a trilogy, so that seems a bit unnecessary?

Rating: 3 / 5

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