(Il Buono, il brutto, il cattivo)
Directed by Sergio Leone. Italy. 1966.
Angel Eyes appears first
as a hit man who knows about the gold. We then see Blondie carrying out
a scam in which he arrests Tuco a dangerous criminal, collects the reward
for turning him in, then frees him as he is about to hang. Their partnership
is dissolved when Blondie leaves Tuco stranded in the desert, only to return
the favor when he makes Blondie march across the desert without water.
It is when they run into a stagecoach filled with dead and wounded soldiers
that they learn about the gold, but only Blondie discovers the name of
the grave in which the cache is buried. Tension mounts as the two fortune
seekers must deal with opposing Union and Confederate armies before they
can reach the cemetery where the money is buried. An exciting three-way
face off between the protagonists, photographed from multiple angles, with
the lush score of Ennio Morricone in the background, brings the film to
a memorable conclusion.
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