Joe Dante and Leone were also approached to direct and produce the film respectively. Like a robot. [33] Various reasons have been cited for this: Leone often liked to play Morricone's music over a scene and possibly shout things at the actors to get them in the mood. Product details Actors: Carlo Verdone , Veronica Miriel , Mario Brega , Renato Scarpa , Isabella De Bernardi The second has planned a trip towards East with a suitcase full of stockings and biro pens. The score is composed by frequent Leone collaborator Ennio Morricone. [23], The film's working title was I due magnifici straccioni (The Two Magnificent Tramps). Once there, after witnessing the wretched conditions of the survivors, he bribes a Confederate soldier (. Typically used when describing something thoroughly, the respective phrases refer to upsides, downsides and the parts that could, or should have been done better, but were not. [42] The only song to feature lyrics is ‘The Story of a Soldier’; the lyrics were written by Tommie Connor. It is also seen when he is violently torturing Tuco later in the film. As they wire the bridge with explosives, Tuco suggests they share information, if one person dies before he can help the other. Other voice actors filled in for actors who had since died. [97][98] The outdoor scenes of many spaghetti westerns, especially those with a relatively higher budget, were shot in Spain, in particular the Tabernas desert of Almería and Colmenar Viejo and Hoyo de Manzanares. Later two partially dubbed-versions were released: an English version (where Italian and Spanish dialogues were dubbed into English) and Italian version (where English and Spanish dalogues were dubbed into Italian). The American punk rock band The Vandals' song "Urban Struggle" begins with the main theme. It is also seen in how Angel Eyes disguises himself as a union sergeant so he can attack and torture Tuco in order to get the information he needs, intertwining himself in the battle in the process. Film profile for Mario Brega, Actor, born 5 March 1923. In these violent and troubled times, Spaghetti Westerns, with their antiheroes, ambiguous morals, brutality, and anti-Establishment themes, resonated with audiences. [102], These films were undeniably stylish. James Woods Regency Enterprises Harry Grey Robert De … This style can also be seen in one of the film's protagonists, Blondie (aka The Man with No Name), which is described by critics as more defined by his actions than his words. According to Leone, "I couldn't use a single thing they'd written. It galloped for about a mile with Wallach still mounted and his hands bound behind his back. Buy movie tickets in advance, find movie times, watch trailers, read movie reviews, and more at Fandango. [26] Eastwood remembers, "They would care if you were doing a story about Spaniards and about Spain. Here we are three. After the success of For a Few Dollars More, executives at United Artists approached the film's screenwriter, Luciano Vincenzoni, to sign a contract for the rights to the film and for the next one. Overview. See Eliot (2009), p. 66. Blondie reveals that the gold is actually in the grave beside Arch Stanton's, marked "Unknown". [11][64], On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly holds an approval rating of 97% based on 74 reviews, with an average rating of 8.79/10. It was produced by Sergio Leone, soundtrack composed by Ennio Morricone and guest starred by Mario Brega, all formerly scored in the Dollars … Most of the filming took place in Spain. The films were so realistic, which had always seemed to be missing in the westerns of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, in the brutality and the different shades of grey and black. [105], From The Good, the Bad and the Ugly soundtrack by, The film was shot in three languages simultaneously: English, Italian and Spanish. [11], As an international cast was employed, actors performed in their native languages. [87] It was also placed on a similar list of 1000 movies by The New York Times. As Tuco is about to be hanged, Blondie severs Tuco's noose by shooting it, and sets him free. The Great Silence (Italian: Il grande silenzio) is a 1968 revisionist Spaghetti Western film directed and co-written by Sergio Corbucci.An Italian-French co-production, the film stars Jean-Louis Trintignant, Klaus Kinski, Vonetta McGee (in her film début) and Frank Wolff, with Luigi Pistilli, Mario Brega, Marisa Merlini and Carlo D'Angelo in supporting roles. Richard Aquila writes “The violent antiheroes of Italian westerns also fit into a folk tradition in southern Italy that honoured mafioso and vigilante who used any means to combat corrupt government of church officials who threatened the peasants of the Mezzogiorno”.[55]. A Dangerous Toy --Giuliano Montaldo. Blondie decides to destroy the bridge to disperse the two armies to allow access to the cemetery. Wallach, and presumably the entire film crew, were not aware of the heavy iron steps that jutted one foot out of every box car. Disc 2 contains two documentaries, "Leone's West" and "The Man Who Lost The Civil War", followed by the featurette "Restoring 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly'"; an animated gallery of missing sequences titled "The Socorro Sequence: A Reconstruction"; an extended Tuco torture scene; a featurette called "Il Maestro"; an audio featurette named "Il Maestro, Part 2"; a French trailer; and a poster gallery. Patrick McGillagan (1999). A scene where Blondie and Angel Eyes are resting by a creek when a man appears and Blondie shoots him. After the sound of gunfire is heard Tuco escapes through a window. Cruelty is shown in the character of Blondie in how he treats Tuco throughout the film. [29], Wallach and Eastwood flew to Madrid together and, between shooting scenes, Eastwood would relax and practice his golf swing. [39] All three characters can be seen as anti-heroes, killing for their personal gain. Scazzottata tra Mario Brega e Gordon Scott nel film Buffalo Bill, L'Eroe Del Far West. The British heavy metal band Motörhead played the main theme as the overture music on the 1981 "No sleep 'til Hammersmith" tour. [11] An example of this is how Tuco and Blondie blow up a bridge in order to disperse two sides of the battle. [17] For instance, in one scene, where he was to be hanged after a pistol was fired, the horse underneath him was supposed to bolt. They only wrote the first part. Then they'd scrutinize you very tough, but the fact that you're doing a western that's supposed to be laid in southwest America or Mexico, they couldn't care less what your story or subject is. "[17] The Batterville Camp where Blondie and Tuco are imprisoned was based on steel engravings of Andersonville. This page was last edited on 5 January 2021, at 05:03. Although the drug is present in this film, the Crack this movie is about is, metaphorically, the crack in society which all the protagonists inhabit in a rundown neighborhood in Rome. Mario Brega (25 March 1923 – 23 July 1994) was an Italian actor. The trio stares each other down. [37], In its depiction of violence, Leone used his signature long drawn and close-up style of filming, which he did by mixing extreme face shots and sweeping long shots. As Blondie disappears into the horizon, a still-tied up Tuco curses at and runs after him. [58] Although not fighting in the war, the three gunslingers gradually become entangled in the battles that ensue (similar to The Great War, a film that screenwriters Luciano Vincenzoni and Age & Scarpelli had contributed to). The song features the vocals of Edda Dell'Orso,[48] an Italian female vocalist. [74] At least one scene that was re-inserted had been cut by Leone prior to the film's release in Italy, but had been shown once at the Italian premiere. Timeline. At the same time, Grimaldi was trying to broker his own deal, but Vincenzoni's idea was more lucrative. His heavy build meant that he regularly portrayed a thug in his films, particularly earlier in his career in westerns. Film Deaths Deaths [edit | edit source]. Sergio loathes the perspective, but he's in awe of her burly, coarse and violent father, Augusto (Mario Brega), so the idea of having a tryst with Nadia before the marriage looks to him like the 'last chance' of leading a carefree life before ending up "married with children". [90], The film's title has entered the English language as an idiomatic expression. "[71] Roger Ebert, who later included the film in his list of Great Movies,[72] retrospectively noted that in his original review he had "described a four-star movie, but only gave it three stars, perhaps because it was a 'Spaghetti Western' and so could not be art.". Nobody was injured in the erroneous mistiming. Blondie binds Tuco's hands and forces him to stand balanced precariously atop an unsteady grave marker while he takes half the gold and rides away. The Ecstasy of Gold has also been used ceremoniously by the Los Angeles Football Club to open home games. But it was Leone who defined the look and attitude of the genre with his first western and the two that soon were to follow: For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. In the United States, United Artists considered using the original Italian translation, River of Dollars, or The Man With No Name, but decided on The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. "[68] To this day, Leone's effort to reinvigorate the timeworn Western is widely acknowledged. Also included were the two other "Dollars" films, and Duck, You Sucker!. They are all after gold and will stop at nothing until they get it. The song has long been used within popular culture. Il film è valso a Carlo Verdone il David di Donatello Speciale e il Nastro d'argento come miglior attore esordiente. In an interview he said, "[Sentenza] has no spirit, he's a professional in the most banal sense of the term. Timeline. It is an Italian-led production with co-producers in Spain, West Germany and the United States. [10] Its screenplay was written by Age & Scarpelli, Luciano Vincenzoni and Leone (with additional screenplay material and dialogue provided by an uncredited Sergio Donati),[11] based on a story by Vincenzoni and Leone. Tuco, transporting a dehydrated Blondie, finds a Confederate camp whose occupants tell him that Father Ramirez's monastery is nearby. None of these scenes or sequences appear in the 2004 re-release, but are featured in the supplementary features. Tuco keeps Blondie alive by giving water and takes him to a nearby frontier mission, where his brother is the Abbot, to recover. Tuco shoots Elam, causing Blondie to investigate the gunshots. The total budget was eventually $1.2 million. Mario Brega was born on March 25, 1923 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Florestano Brega. The name ‘spaghetti western’ originally was a depreciative term, given by foreign critics to these films because they thought they were inferior to American westerns. [69], Critical opinion of the film on initial release was mixed, as many reviewers at that time looked down on "spaghetti westerns". Overall, while far from perfect (framing is a bit off and blue push in the tint was a bit strong), I found the picture to be reasonably good-looking for a film of its age, film stock and budget. [94], The Good, The Bad and The Ugly has been called the definitive Spaghetti western. Bobby suffers, Clint yawns. Other bands such as the Ramones have featured the song in their albums and live shows. Also, in the documentary "Reconstructing The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly", what looks to be footage of Tuco lighting cannons before the Ecstasy of Gold sequence appears briefly. Leone, often forcefully, insisted on shooting scenes from many different angles, paying attention to the most minute of details, which often exhausted the actors. As Quentin Tarantino notes, “there was also realism to them: those shitty Mexican towns, the little shacks — a bit bigger to accommodate the camera — all the plates they put the beans on, the big wooden spoons. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (disambiguation), The Good, The Bad And The Ugly main theme, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (soundtrack), "Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1967) – Financial Information", "Growing Old Ungracefully: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly", "What's That Sound? The 1998 DVD release from MGM contained 14 minutes of scenes that were cut from the film's North American release, including a scene which explains how Angel Eyes came to be waiting for Blondie and Tuco at the Union prison camp. [17] The third time Wallach's life was threatened was during the scene where he and Mario Brega—who are chained together—jump out of a moving train. According to Richard Schickel,[73] Leone willingly cut the scene for pacing reasons; thus, restoring it was contrary to the director's wishes. This was Leone’s signature technique, using long drawn shots interspersed with extreme close-ups that build tension as well as develop characters. Compare. Wallach mentioned this in his autobiography[31] and complained that while Leone was a brilliant director, he was very lax about ensuring the safety of his actors during dangerous scenes. [85] Mr. Showbiz ranked the film #81 on its 100 Best Movies of All Time list. [11], In filming the pivotal gunfights, Leone largely removes dialogue to focus more on the actions of the characters, which was important during the film's iconic Mexican standoff. Eastwood, Van Cleef and Wallach spoke English, and were dubbed into Italian for the debut release in Rome. Tuco, having fled to the same town, takes a bath in a ramshackle hotel and is surprised by Elam, one of the three bounty hunters who tried to kill him. Richard T. Jameson writes “Leone narrates the search for a cache of gold by three grotesquely unprincipled men sardonically classified by the movie’s title (Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach, respectively)”.[54]. [11], The film was re-released on Blu-ray in 2014 using a new 4K remaster, featuring improved picture quality and detail but a change of color timing, resulting in the film having a more yellow hue than on previous releases. [25] Filming concluded in July 1966. Bobby first of all is an actor, Clint first of all is a star. Most prints, specifically those shown in the United States, had a runtime of 161 minutes, 16 minutes shorter than the Italian premiere version, but others, especially British prints, ran as short as 148 minutes. Il miglior film di Verdone, il primo "maturo", in cui passa dagli episodi incentrati sui suoi celebri personaggi ad una storia pungente e ironica, adatta a spettatori di ogni latitudine (non solo ai romani...), in cui non mancano grasse risate. After the death of Angel Eyes, Tuco is strung up with a rope precariously placed around his neck as Blondie leaves with his share of the money. He has noted the film's theme of emphasis on violence and the deconstruction of Old West romanticism. When Lee Van Cleef was again cast for another Dollars film, he joked "the only reason they brought me back was because they forgot to kill me off in For A Few Dollars More". Death Rides a Horse (1967) / Region 3 PAL DVD / Audio: English, Thai / Subtitles: English, Thai / Actors: Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law, Mario Brega / Director: Giulio Petroni / 110 minutes 8858714016884 Region 3 PAL encoding (This DVD will not play on most DVD players sold in the US or … That being said, a film of this caliber cries out for an extensive remastering, à la Lowry Digital. [12] The film's climax, a three-way Mexican standoff, begins with the melody of "The Ecstasy of Gold" and is followed by "The Trio" (which contains a musical allusion to Morricone's previous work on For a Few Dollars More). [64], In 2002, the film was restored with the 14 minutes of scenes cut for US release re-inserted into the film. [24] Throughout filming, Eastwood regularly socialized with actor Franco Nero, who was filming Texas, Adios at the time. Everyone draws, and Blondie shoots and kills Angel Eyes, while Tuco discovers that his own gun was unloaded by Blondie the night before. The sequence with Tuco and Blondie crossing the desert has been extended: Tuco mentally tortures a severely dehydrated Blondie by eating and bathing in front of him. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly opened in Italy on 23 December 1966,[59] and grossed $6.3 million at that time. [30] Wallach was almost poisoned during filming when he accidentally drank from a bottle of acid that a film technician had set next to his soda bottle. This January, put your resolutions on hold and dive into some great streaming picks. [17] Leone said that this scene was, in part, inspired by Buster Keaton's silent film The General. He never introduces himself when he meets anyone, and nobody ever asks his name. Tuco and Blondie travel toward Sad Hill, but their way is blocked by Union troops on one side of a strategic bridge, with Confederates on the other. Even the character considered by the film as ‘The Good’ can still be considered as not living up to that title in a moral sense. After being betrayed by Blondie, surviving the desert on his way to civilization and assembling a good revolver from the parts of worn-out guns being sold at a general store, Tuco meets with members of his gang in a distant cave, where he conspires with them to hunt and kill Blondie. [30] Leone, who was obese, was also a source of amusement for his excesses, and Eastwood found a way to deal with the stresses of being directed by him by making jokes about him and nicknamed him "Yosemite Sam" for his bad temperament. The original negative of this footage was deemed too badly damaged to be used in the theatrical cut. [83] In 2002, Film4 held a poll of the 100 Greatest Movies, on which The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was voted in at number 46. Trade Mark (1) See full bio » Leone was instrumental in asking Morricone to compose a track for the final Mexican stand-off scene in the cemetery, asking him to compose what felt like "the corpses were laughing from inside their tombs", and asked Delli Colli to create a hypnotic whirling effect interspersed with dramatic extreme close ups, to give the audience the impression of a visual ballet. Punk rock band the Ramones played this song as the opening for their live album Loco Live as well as in concerts until their disbandment in 1996. The main theme was also sampled/re-created by British band New Order for the album version of their 1993 single "Ruined in a Day". The two escape on horseback and split the bounty in a lucrative money-making scheme. [76], The following scenes were originally deleted by distributors from the British and American theatrical versions of the film, but were restored after the release of the 2004 Special Edition DVD. Brega stood at 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) and well over 250 pounds (110 kg) at his heaviest but after the 1960s slimmed down significantly. He can be touching with all that tenderness and all that wounded humanity. Tuco places the body on the railroad tracks, waiting for the train to roll over the chain and sever it. [73], This DVD was generally well received, though some purists complained about the re-mixed stereo soundtrack with many completely new sound effects (notably, the gunshots were replaced), with no option for the original soundtrack. Critic Drew Marton describes it as a “baroque manipulation” that criticizes the American Ideology of the Western,[39] by replacing the heroic cowboy popularized by John Wayne with morally complex antiheroes. He was an actor and producer, known for, Blu-ray Review – Sergio Leone Westerns: Five Film Collection, Blu-ray Review – For a Few Dollars More (1965). As the bridge was not a prop, but a rather heavy and sturdy structure, powerful explosives were required to destroy it. [89] BBC created an article analysing the ‘lasting legacy’ of the film, commenting about the trio scene to be “one of the most riveting and acclaimed feature films sequences of all time". She meets several other young Italian men also on vacation and looking for fun and romance. American heavy metal band Metallica has run "The Ecstasy of Gold" as prelude music at their concerts since 1985 (except 1996–1998), and in 2007 recorded a version of the instrumental for a compilation tribute to Morricone. Whatever the actual reason, all dialogue in the film was recorded in post-production. Furthermore, Spaghetti Westerns redefined the western genre to fit the everchanging times of the 1960s and ’70s. Many critics have also noticed the film's anti-war theme. He was an actor and producer, known for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965). Swiss label Explosive Media ( has just released two classic Italian spaghetti westerns on Blu-ray from brand new HD transfers: Giulio Petroni's Death Rides a Horse (1967), starring Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law, and Mario Brega and Gianfranco Parolini's Sabata (1969), starring Lee Van Cleef, William Berger and Ignazio Spalla. [84] Premiere magazine included the film on their 100 Most Daring Movies Ever Made list. [30] After the film was completed, Eastwood never worked with Leone again, later turning down the role of Harmonica in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), for which Leone had personally flown to Los Angeles to give him the script. The distinct vocals of Edda Dell'Orso can be heard permeating throughout the composition "The Ecstasy of Gold". Debuting with director Dino Risi, he then played some minor roles in Sergio Leone's spaghetti western … [51], In popular culture, the American new wave group Wall of Voodoo performed a medley of Ennio Morricone's movie themes, including the theme for this movie. Leone’s film, and the genre that he defined within it, shows a west that is more violent, less talky, more complex, more theatrical, and just overall more iconic through the use of music, appearing operatic as the music is an illustrative ingredient of the narrative”. The distinct sound of guitarist Bruno Battisti D’Amorio can be heard on the compositions ‘The Sundown’ and ‘Padre Ramirez’. Leone even played the music on set and coordinated camera movements to match the music. Leone's portrayal of the west, in the latter, wasn't concerned with ideas of the frontier or good vs. evil but rather interested in how the world is unmistakably more complicated than that, and how the western world is one of kill or be killed. "In the first film I was alone," he told Leone. While the rope around Wallach's neck was severed, the horse was frightened a little too well. The films’ gratuitous violence, surrealistic style, gloomy look, and eerie sound captured the era's melancholy. He died on July 23, 1994 in Rome. Following an arduous search, Tuco recaptures Blondie and force-marches him across a desert until Blondie collapses from dehydration. [50] The main theme was also a hit for Hugo Montenegro, whose rendition was a No. Da Scaramouche or se vuoi l'assoluzione baciar devi sto... cordone! [104], The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is the last film in the Dollars Trilogy, and thus does not have an official sequel. The film was a financial success, grossing over $25 million at the box office, and is credited with having catapulted Eastwood into stardom. The plot revolves around three gunslingers competing to find fortune in a buried cache of Confederate gold amid the violent chaos of the American Civil War (specifically the New Mexico Campaign in 1862), while participating in many battles and duels along the way.

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