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'The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (1966)' Movie Review: Greed kills

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


Our story involves three men and their pursuit of a cache of gold coins. Tuco (Eli Wallach), Blondie (Clint Eastwood), and Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef) are all after the same thing but go about getting to the end and the gold in different ways. Now Tuco and Blondie originally were working together. You see Tuco had been a wanted man. He had thousands of dollars on his head, dead or alive. Blondie is a crack shot and when he has turned Tuco into the authorities and when they are about to hang Tuco, Blondie shoots the rope and they get away.

This works for a time but as Blondie states Tuco is still a rat and will only be worth so much. So they part ways in the middle of a dessert with Tuco not having a horse. Blondie goes on to hook up with another thief and Tuco barely makes it out of the dessert.

In the meantime Angel Eyes has been going around killing people or at least hitting them around to find out info on the coin and where it's at. He finds out that a man named Bill Carson has hidden the coin in a cemetery but does not know which one.

Tuco has found some friends and they go after Blondie to kill him. Blondie is found but gets away leaving Tuco. Tuco catches up to him getting to shoot the rope for a man named shorty. Anyway shorty hangs and Tuco takes Blondie out into the dessert to get back at him for what he did to him. They will eventually run into the man with all the answers Bill Carson. It is Blondie who knows half of the answer as Tuco knows the other half.

Tuco takes Blondie to a hospital run by brothers and priests. Blondie will heal but when they get back on the road so to speak they get captured by union troops and taken to a prison camp. This is where the three men run into each other.

It is from here they will make the final push for the gold . This is the best of the best of the spaghetti westerns. Director Sergio Leone will make this his bread and butter film. This is the western that for many years people would try to emulate. This is the film that put Clint Eastwood on the map as the "man with no name". So sit back and watch this bit of history in film.