Flashback Classics: Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood Spaghetti Western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966, spaghetti western) starring Clint Eastwood as Blondie (Aka: The Man With No Name), is an epic and cinematic work from the late Italian director Sergio Leone. The film is the last part of a Leone-Eastwood trilogy of spaghetti westerns, that each stand alone but follow a similar look and theme.

The film boosts a innovative sound track by Ennio Morricone that is easily identified as the score of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, like other popular themes from films such as Jaws and Star Wars, when hear it you instantly know where it came from.

A quick overview of each film in the Man With No Name Trilogy:

A Fistful of Dollars (1964) is an unofficial remake of the Akira Kurosawa’s 1961 film, Yojimbo. In Yojimbo a rogue Samurai trades two crime lords off against each other to ultimately destroy their power. In A Fistful of Dollars, Clint Eastwood stars as a loan gunslinger who exploits the power struggle between two rival families to gain his own “fistful of dollars”. This was the first of three Italian produced, “Spaghetti westerns” featuring the “Man With No Name”.

A Fistful of Dollars (1964) on IMDb

The second “Spaghetti Western” featuring the “Man With No Name” is 1965’s For a Few Dollars More. Clint Eastwood stars as one of two rival bounty hunters (the other played by Lee van Cleef) hunting for a ruthless criminal, El Indio. Each bounty hunter is driven by their own motivations. Eastwood’s character is primarily driven by the money. Van Cleef’s character has more personal motivations. The bounty hunters eventually team up to try and catch the outlaw.

For a Few Dollars More (1965) on IMDb

1966’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is considered one of the classic westerns. The three main characters - The Ugly (Eli Wallach), The Good (Clint Eastwood), and The Bad (Lee Van Cleef) - are rivals in pursuit of a buried fortune. Time magazine counted it in the top 100 movies of the last century. It continually rates highly in Internet and Magazine charts of top movies. Quentin Tarantino regards it as the best film ever made!

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

Many consider Sergio Leone's 1968 Once Upon a Time in the West to be his epic western masterpiece, others think it's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, either way both are great films, and we say watch them both and decide for yourself.

The Man with No Name Trilogy (A Fistful of Dollars / For a Few Dollars More / The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly) [Blu-ray]

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Editorial Review: Sergio Leone “spaghetti westerns” did not simply add a new chapter to the genre…they reinvented it. From his shockingly violent and stylized breakthrough, A Fistful of Dollars, to the film Quentin Tarantino calls “the best-directed movie of all time,” The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Leone’s vision did for westerns what talkies did for all movies back in the 1920s: it elevated them to an entirely new art form. Fully restored, presented in high definition with their best-ever audio, and including audio commentaries, featurettes and more, these films are much more than the definitive Leone collection...they are the most ambitious and influential westerns ever made.

A Fistfull Of Dollars
Clint Eastwood’s legendary “Man With No Name” makes his powerful debut in this thrilling, action-packed classic in which he manipulates two rival bands of smugglers and sets in motion a plan to destroy both in a series of brilliantly orchestrated setups, showdowns and deadly confrontations.

For A Few Dollars More
Oscar® Winner Clint Eastwood** continues his trademark role in this second installment of the trilogy, this time squaring off with Indio, the territory’s most treacherous bandit. But his ruthless rival, Colonel Mortimer (Lee Van Cleef, High Noon), is determined to bring Indio in first...dead or alive!

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
The invincible “Man With No Name” (Eastwood) aligns himself with two gunslingers (Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach) to pursue a fortune in stolen gold. But teamwork doesn’t come naturally to such strong-willed outlaws, and they soon discover that their greatest challenge may be to stay focused – and stay alive – in a country ravaged by war.


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Once Upon A Time In The West [Blu-ray]

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Editorial Review: Once Upon A Time In The West (BD).
Now, for the first time, Sergio Leone's original uncut version of this monumental epic can be seen. The picture itself is as big as its Monument Valley locations, as grand as its fine, distinguished cast, as tough an d bawdy as every kid imagines the Old West. Henry Fonda plays the black est character of his long career, and he's utterly convincing as Frank, the ruthless murderous psychopath who suffers no conscience pangs after annihilating an entire family. Jason Robards is the half-breed falsely accused of the terrible slaughter. Charles Bronson plays The Man, who remembers how his brother was savagely tortured. Brilliantly directed by Sergio Leone, t his glorious picture re-established the Western'' significance to cinema art."


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