Mario Brega (1923 - 1994) . Alongside vocals, the song features musical instruments such as the piano, drums and clarinets. In 2014, The Good the Bad and the Ugly was ranked the 47th greatest film ever made on Empire's list of "The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time" as voted by the magazine's readers. Three stories, three characters all played by Verdone. [102], These films were undeniably stylish. Everyone draws, and Blondie shoots and kills Angel Eyes, while Tuco discovers that his own gun was unloaded by Blondie the night before. Stevens offers Angel Eyes $1,000 to kill Baker. [38] This builds up the tension and suspense by allowing the viewers to savor the performances and character reactions, creating a feeling of excitement, as well as giving Leone the freedom to film beautiful landscapes. 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. This dialogue along with some of the mule dialogue from Fistful of Dollars was also sampled by Big Audio Dynamite on their 1986 single Medicine Show. Tuco is initially elated to find bags of gold, but Blondie holds him at gunpoint and orders him into a hangman's noose beneath a tree. The film deconstructs Old West Romanticism by portraying the characters as antiheroes. The Ecstasy of Gold has also been used ceremoniously by the Los Angeles Football Club to open home games. 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. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Italian: Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo, lit. 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. The only known recording of it is a live performance on The Index Masters. Additional footage of the sequence where Tuco is tortured by Angel Eyes's henchman was discovered. The first time, an Italian camera operator signaled that he was ready to shoot, which was misconstrued by an army captain as the similar-sounding Spanish word meaning "start". [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. Upon returning to Baker he kills him too (fulfilling his title as ‘The Bad’). They need to clear a way to the cemetery and succeed in doing so. 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. [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". However, screenwriter Luciano Vincenzoni stated on numerous occasions that he had written a treatment for a sequel, tentatively titled Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo n. 2 (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 2). [90], The film was novelized in 1967 by Joe Millard as part of the "Dollars Western" series based on the "Man with No Name". The west was made by violent, uncomplicated men, and it is this strength and simplicity that I try to recapture in my pictures. "[17] Film director Alex Cox suggests that the cemetery-buried gold hunted by the protagonists may have been inspired by rumors surrounding the anti-Communist Gladio terrorists, who hid many of their 138 weapons caches in cemeteries. [49], The main theme, also titled "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly", was a hit in 1968 with the soundtrack album on the charts for more than a year,[47] reaching No. [73], The footage below is all featured within supplementary features of the 2004 DVD release, Despite the initial negative reception by some critics, the film has since accumulated very positive feedback. "[66], Upon release, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly received criticism for its depiction of violence. 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). Once there, after witnessing the wretched conditions of the survivors, he bribes a Confederate soldier (. Eastwood, Van Cleef and Wallach spoke English, and were dubbed into Italian for the debut release in Rome. The distinct sound of guitarist Bruno Battisti D’Amorio can be heard on the compositions ‘The Sundown’ and ‘Padre Ramirez’. Blondie states that he lied about the name on Stanton's grave, and offers to write the real name of the grave on a rock. In the Southwest during the Civil War, a mysterious stranger, Joe (Clint Eastwood), and a Mexican outlaw, Tuco (Eli Wallach), form an uneasy partnership -- Joe turns in the bandit for the reward money, then rescues him just as he is being hanged. [52] XM Satellite Radio's The Opie & Anthony Show also opens every show with "The Ecstasy of Gold". [24] Throughout filming, Eastwood regularly socialized with actor Franco Nero, who was filming Texas, Adios at the time. In a negative review in The New York Times, critic Renata Adler said that the film "must be the most expensive, pious and repellent movie in the history of its peculiar genre. A Fistful of Dollars (Per un pugno di dollari) (1964) [Chico]: Crushed by a barrell (along with a henchman) sent rolling down by Clint Eastwood. Wallach, and presumably the entire film crew, were not aware of the heavy iron steps that jutted one foot out of every box car. [49] Within popular culture, the song has been utilized by such artists as Metallica, who have used the song to open up their live shows and have even covered the song. Directed by Camillo Mastrocinque. Most of the filming took place in Spain. 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. 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. Leone, often forcefully, insisted on shooting scenes from many different angles, paying attention to the most minute of details, which often exhausted the actors. [94], The Good, The Bad and The Ugly has been called the definitive Spaghetti western. Blondie grows weary of Tuco's complaints, Blondie kills three of Tuco's gang only to be captured by Tuco. Placing it face-down in the courtyard of the cemetery, he challenges Tuco and Angel Eyes to a three-way duel. Composed by Morricone, it is one of his most established works within the film's score. All. Blondie severs the rope with a rifle shot, dropping Tuco alive. [25] Filming concluded in July 1966. Meanwhile, Tuco is rescued from three bounty hunters by a nameless drifter to whom Tuco refers as "Blondie", who delivers him to the local sheriff to collect his $2,000 bounty. [86], Empire magazine added The Good, the Bad and the Ugly to their Masterpiece collection in the September 2007 issue, and in their poll of "The 500 Greatest Movies", The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was voted in at number 25. Bobby first of all is an actor, Clint first of all is a star. Nobody was injured in the erroneous mistiming. Leone found an even darker black and off-white. [9] Thus, all three of Leone's Dollars Trilogy films were released in the United States during the same year. At the same time, Grimaldi was trying to broker his own deal, but Vincenzoni's idea was more lucrative. The role eventually went to Charles Bronson. Le mille e una notte... e un'altra ancora. Film profile for Mario Brega, Actor, born 5 March 1923. [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). During his quest, he crosses paths with Ryan, an ex-con who wants the money the robbers owe him. [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. The film itself is just OK as Spag Westerns go but the Blu Ray transfer is really impressive and a huge improvement over previously available prints of this movie. [81] Its main music theme from the soundtrack is regarded by Classic FM as one of the most iconic themes of all time. [50] The main theme was also a hit for Hugo Montenegro, whose rendition was a No. While the rope around Wallach's neck was severed, the horse was frightened a little too well. [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. [11], As an international cast was employed, actors performed in their native languages. The last one is a hippy whose father tries to convince him to get back home. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Italian: Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo, lit. "[17] The Batterville Camp where Blondie and Tuco are imprisoned was based on steel engravings of Andersonville. Leone cared more for visuals than dialogue (his English was limited, at best). You always get to hear about the shameful behavior of the losers, never the winners. Also, it was standard practice in Italian films at this time to shoot silently and post-dub. 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]. Trumpet players Michele Lacerenza and Francesco Catania can be heard on ‘The Trio’. In Italy, the region of Lazio was a favorite location. [69], Critical opinion of the film on initial release was mixed, as many reviewers at that time looked down on "spaghetti westerns". The latter studio also released the two-cassette version in 1997 as part of the Screen Epics collection in addition to the single VHS version in 1999 as part of the Western Legends lineup. 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. [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. [39] All three characters can be seen as anti-heroes, killing for their personal gain. 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. Leone even played the music on set and coordinated camera movements to match the music. 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[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. Elsewhere, a mercenary known as "Angel Eyes" interrogates former Confederate soldier Stevens, whom Angel Eyes is contracted to kill, about Jackson, a fugitive who stole a cache of Confederate gold. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly broke previous conventions on how the two had previously collaborated. [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. "[27] As Eastwood played hard-to-get in accepting the role (inflating his earnings up to $250,000, another Ferrari[28] and 10% of the profits in the United States when eventually released there), he was again encountering publicist disputes between Ruth Marsh, who urged him to accept the third film of the trilogy, and the William Morris Agency and Irving Leonard, who were unhappy with Marsh's influence on the actor. In the film's opening scene three bounty hunters enter a building in which Tuco is hiding. In an interview he said, "[Sentenza] has no spirit, he's a professional in the most banal sense of the term. It is listed in Time's "100 Greatest Movies of the Last Century" as selected by critics Richard Corliss and Richard Schickel. The American punk rock band The Vandals' song "Urban Struggle" begins with the main theme. Tuco keeps Blondie alive by giving water and takes him to a nearby frontier mission, where his brother is the Abbot, to recover. The website's critical consensus reads, "Arguably the greatest of the spaghetti westerns, this epic features a compelling story, memorable performances, breathtaking landscapes, and a haunting score. [87] It was also placed on a similar list of 1000 movies by The New York Times. [48] The song is played in the film when the character Tuco is ecstatically searching for gold, hence the song's name, "The Ecstasy of Gold". In my frame of reference, it is useless, stupid: it does not involve a 'good cause. Given the technical limitations of the time, it would have been difficult to record the sound cleanly in most of the extremely wide shots Leone frequently used. Negative themes such as cruelty and greed are also given focus and are traits shared by the three leads in the story. Instead of scoring the film in the post-production stage, they decided to work on the themes together before shooting had started, this was so that the music helped inspire the film instead of the film inspiring the music. 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 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. 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. Just one line. Trade Mark (1) [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. The films’ gratuitous violence, surrealistic style, gloomy look, and eerie sound captured the era's melancholy. 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. He never introduces himself when he meets anyone, and nobody ever asks his name. As Tuco is about to be hanged, Blondie severs Tuco's noose by shooting it, and sets him free. 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. With Blondie, it is seen in his attempt to free Tuco which results in a gun battle. Tuco shoots Elam, causing Blondie to investigate the gunshots. [44][45][46][47] The score complements the film's American Civil War setting, containing the mournful ballad, "The Story of a Soldier", which is sung by prisoners as Tuco is being tortured by Angel Eyes. 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. Greed is shown in the film through its main core plotline of the three characters wanting to find the $200,000 that Bill Carson has said is buried in a grave in Sad Hill Cemetery. He died on July 23, 1994 in Rome. 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. [103] With a greater sense of operatic violence than their American cousins, the cycle of spaghetti westerns lasted just a few short years, but before "hanging up its spurs" in the late 70s, it completely rewrote the genre. After the bridge is demolished, the armies disperse, and Tuco steals a horse and rides to Sad Hill to claim the gold for himself. In these violent and troubled times, Spaghetti Westerns, with their antiheroes, ambiguous morals, brutality, and anti-Establishment themes, resonated with audiences. The song has also been sampled within the genre of Hip Hop, most notably by rappers such as Immortal Technique and Jay-Z. '"The good, the ugly, the bad"') is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood as "the Good", Lee Van Cleef as "the Bad", and Eli Wallach as "the Ugly". [13] Due to general disapproval of the Spaghetti Western genre at the time, critical reception of the film following its release was mixed, but it gained critical acclaim in later years, becoming known as the "definitive Spaghetti western". 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. It is shown in Angel Eyes through his attitudes in the film and his tendency for committing violent acts throughout the film. [60], In the United States, A Fistful of Dollars was released 18 January 1967;[61] For a Few Dollars More was released 10 May 1967 (17 months);[62] and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was released 29 December 1967 (12 months). The film is known for Leone's use of long shots and close-up cinematography, as well as his distinctive use of violence, tension, and stylistic gunfights. [93], In 1975, Willie Colón with Yomo Toro and Hector Lavoe, released an album titled The Good, the Bad, the Ugly. Fifteen years later, he embarks on his revenge. 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. If it goes on this way, in the next one I will be starring with the American cavalry. 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? [29], Wallach and Eastwood flew to Madrid together and, between shooting scenes, Eastwood would relax and practice his golf swing. [84] Premiere magazine included the film on their 100 Most Daring Movies Ever Made list. Director: Giulio Petroni Writer: Luciano Vincenzoni (story) Stars: Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law and Mario Brega Eventually, however, the project was vetoed by Leone, as he did not want the original film's title or characters to be reused, nor did he want to be involved in another Western film. The British heavy metal band Motörhead played the main theme as the overture music on the 1981 "No sleep 'til Hammersmith" tour. I do like William Berger in his role as the preacher bounty hunter and how can you go wrong with Mario Brega and Nicoletta Machiavelli. 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. Angel Eyes accepts the new commission, and kills Stevens and Baker, fulfilling their contracts. Films include Un sacco bello, La marcia su Roma, and Una lunga fila di croci Debuting with director Dino Risi, he then played some minor roles in Sergio Leone's spaghetti western … It galloped for about a mile with Wallach still mounted and his hands bound behind his back. The film was a financial success, grossing over $25 million at the box office, and is credited with having catapulted Eastwood into stardom. Patrick McGillagan (1999). 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. 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. Other bands such as the Ramones have featured the song in their albums and live shows. [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. Top 20 Tuco's quotes/exchanges from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"... Occhio, malocchio, prezzemolo e finocchio, Quant'è bella la Bernarda, tutta nera, tutta calda. [35] Years later, Leone exacted his revenge upon Eastwood during the filming of Once Upon a Time in America (1984) when he described Eastwood's abilities as an actor as being like a block of marble or wax and inferior to the acting abilities of Robert De Niro, saying, "Eastwood moves like a sleepwalker between explosions and hails of bullets, and he is always the same—a block of marble. Joe Dante and Leone were also approached to direct and produce the film respectively. Confusion, comedy and romance ensue. James Woods Regency Enterprises Harry Grey Robert De … Other voice actors filled in for actors who had since died. Mario Brega in The Great Silence. The original Italian domestic version was 177 minutes long,[63] but the international version was shown at various lengths. [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. The film has an air of dirtiness that can be attributed to the Civil War and in turn it affects the actions of people, showing how the war deep down has affected the lives of many people. [11], Leone built upon the screenwriter's original concept to "show the absurdity of war ... the Civil War which the characters encounter. [25] This time, the production required more elaborate sets, including a town under cannon fire, an extensive prison camp and an American Civil War battlefield; and for the climax, several hundred Spanish soldiers were employed to build a cemetery with several thousand gravestones to resemble an ancient Roman circus. [18], Filming began at the Cinecittà studio in Rome again in mid-May 1966, including the opening scene between Eastwood and Wallach when Blondie captures Tuco for the first time and sends him to jail. The film follows Nicole Molino, a French teenager on vacation at the Italian resort island of Ischia. The second has planned a trip towards East with a suitcase full of stockings and biro pens. At the end of the 19th century, in a little Italian village by a lake an old statue is recovered. "In the first film I was alone," he told Leone. For the American version, the lead acting voices were used, but supporting cast members were dubbed into English. Tuco places the body on the railroad tracks, waiting for the train to roll over the chain and sever it. [64], In 2002, the film was restored with the 14 minutes of scenes cut for US release re-inserted into the film. Il film è valso a Carlo Verdone il David di Donatello Speciale e il Nastro d'argento come miglior attore esordiente. As Tuco prepares to shoot him, he sees a runaway horse drawn hospital ambulance. [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. Here we are three. He was a butcher before he drifted into acting, where his heavy physique ensured him a plethora of character roles. The song has long been used within popular culture. It is also seen when he is violently torturing Tuco later in the film. With Barbara Steele, Anthony Steffen, Claudio Gora, Mario Brega. As Tuco screams for mercy, Blondie returns into sight. Tra gli altri interpreti ricordiamo Miou-Miou, Robert Charlebois, Patrick McGoohan, Klaus Kinski, Jean Martin, Piero Vida, Rick Battaglia, Mario Brega.