The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Produzioni Europee Associati Released 1966




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Sergio Leone

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is Sergio Leone's spaghetti western masterpiece, following The Man With No Name, a no-nonsense outlaw who hears about a treasure chest full of Confederate gold lost in the chaos of the Civil War. As most of the country is focused on the battles between the unified North and the seceded South, this man goes treasure hunting. Unfortunately for him, there are two other deadly opportunists who know about the buried fortune, and they're all willing to kill to be the man who walks away with the money. Angel Eyes, a cold-blooded killer, and Tuco, a bandit on the run. The three outlaws get caught in a deadly game that could kill them all.


Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Boston Globe Ty Burr

    Gorgeously stoic art film.

  • 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    An improbable masterpiece -- a bizarre mixture of grandly operatic visuals, grim brutality and sordid violence that keeps wrenching you from one extreme to the other.

  • 60


    A curious amalgam of the visually striking, the dramatically feeble and the offensively sadistic.

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    • Production budget - $1,200,000
      Domestic Gross - $25,100,000 (5th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $187,904,587

    • Other production companies:
      Arturo González Producciones Cinematográficas, S.A
      Constantin Film Produktion
      United Artists (US distributor)

    • Filming locations:
      Almería, Andalucía, Spain
      Andalucía, Spain
      Arlanza River, Burgos, Castilla y León, Spain
      Burgos, Burgos, Castilla y León, Spain
      Burgos, Castilla y León, Spain
      Cabo de Gata, Almería, Andalucía, Spain
      Carazo, Burgos, Castilla y León, Spain
      Colmenar Viejo, Madrid, Spain
      Cortijo de los Frailes, Cabo de Gata, Almería, Andalucía, Spain
      Covarrubias, Burgos, Castilla y León, Spain
      Durango, Mexico
      Elios Film, Rome, Lazio, Italy
      Granada, Andalucía, Spain
      La Calahorra, Granada, Andalucía, Spain
      La Pedriza, Manzanares el Real, Madrid, Spain
      Monasterio de San Pedro de Arlanza, Covarrubias, Burgos, Castilla y León, Spain
      Rome, Lazio, Italy
      Tabernas, Almería, Andalucía, Spain

    • An 'extended edition' released in 2003 runs 18 minutes longer.

    • Taglines:
      1. The Man with No Name Returns !
      2. A c western! A c music theme!
      3. For Three Men The Civil War Wasn't Hell. It Was Practice!
      4. They formed an alliance of hate to steal a fortune in dead man's gold.


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