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.

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