Genre Grandeur – The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966) – Encore Review – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Loners in Film here’s a review of The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966) by me.

Thanks again to Paul of the People’s Movies for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by Rebecca of Almost Ginger and we will be reviewing our favorite Travel Films.

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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Rebecca!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig” – Blondie

Number of Times Seen – Twice (20 May 2013 and 24 Mar 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – During the US Civil War, three very different men all try to find their way to a buried treasure while trying to outsmart the others.

My Take on it – Amazing film that woks so well due the way that things are presented here.

Sergio Leone adds such a great score to the story which is able to enhance the suspense of everything that happens.

Each of the three main characters show how much they are willing to do in order to find the treasure and the story shows the various alliances that they form and break as they each do all they can to get there first.

The spaghetti Western aspect of the movie also helps keep things fun to watch because it is all slightly off in the way that the story is presented.

The cast is spectacular with Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef all giving so much life to these three men on a mission.

The story doesn’t skimp on runtime and the nearly 3 hour run time flows by so quickly because of the way that the story stays so thrilling and fascinating the entire way through.

The way that they depict the Old West as a “dirty” and well worn time is done really well and helps make us believe the story and characters even more as things unfold.

This film has so many scenes that have been copied over the years and remains quite iconic even after 55 years.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to Eli Wallach, when it came time to blow up the bridge, Sergio Leone asked the Spanish Army Captain in charge to trigger the fuse, as a sign of gratitude for the Army’s collaboration. They agreed to blow up the bridge when Leone gave the signal “Vai!” (Go!) over the walkie-talkie. Unfortunately, another crew member spoke on the same channel, saying the words “vai, vai!”, meaning “it’s okay, proceed” to a second crew member. The Captain heard this signal, thought it was for him, and blew up the bridge. Unfortunately, no cameras were running at the time. Leone was so upset that he fired the crewman, who promptly fled from the set in his car. The Captain was so sorry for what happened that he proposed to Leone that the Army would rebuild the bridge to blow it up again, with one condition: that the fired crewman be re-hired. Leone agreed, the crewman was forgiven, the bridge was rebuilt, and the scene was successfully shot. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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One thought on “Genre Grandeur – The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966) – Encore Review – MovieRob

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