The Good, the Bad and the Ugly script
Synopsis: A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.

You're...

...from Baker?

Tell Baker that I told him all that I know already.

Tell him I want to live in peace, understand?

That it's no use to go on tormenting me!

I know nothing at all about that case of coins.

Now that gold has disappeared.

But if he'd listened to me, we could have avoided this altogether.

I went to the Army court.

There were no witnesses.

They couldn't uncover any more.

I can't tell Baker what happened to the money.

Go back and tell him that!

Word's around you had a visitor...

...and Baker knows it.

Name of Jackson.

Jackson was here...

...or Baker's got it all wrong.

He's not wrong.

Maybe Baker would like to know just what you and Jackson had to say...

...about the cash box.

That's not what I'm being paid for.

I'm only interested in what name Jackson's hiding under now!

Why do you think Jackson may be assuming another name?

I would have found him already.

When I start off to find somebody, I find them.

That's why they pay me.

What is Baker paying you?

That your family?

Yes.

Nice family.

What does he pay you for murdering me?

$ ...

...to get the name!

The name!

Carson.

Bill Carson.

That's what he calls himself now.

Here's a lot of money: $ .

$ ...

...and some in gold.

That's a tidy sum.

But when I'm paid...

...I always see the job through.

It's you.

Any information?

Too much.

He said quite a bit that should interest you...

...and one or two things that interested me.

Such as?

The name Jackson's hiding under is...

...Bill Carson.

That's your bit.

Keep talking.

He also mentioned somethin' about a certain...

...cash box which just happened to disappear.

That's my bit.

Anything else?

Not enough for you, huh?

Well, you don't have to worry.

He'll never say anything to anybody again!

Perfect.

Here you are.

Here, this is for you.

You did a good job for me.

Worth $ !

I almost forgot.

He gave me $ .

I think his idea was that I kill you.

But you know, the pity is, when I'm paid...

...I always follow my job through.

You know that.

No pistol, amigo.

It won't do you any good.

There are three of us.

You know that you have a face beautiful enough to be worth $ ?

But you don't look like the one who will collect it.

A couple of steps back.

Thank you.

How much you worth now?

How much?

$ !

That's right, $ .

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Sergio Leone

Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti (A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in Italy (usually making Biblical and Roman epics, much in vogue at the time). Towards the end of the 1950s he started writing screenplays, and began directing after taking over The Last Days of Pompeii (1959) in mid-shoot after its original director fell ill. His first solo feature, The Colossus of Rhodes (1961), was a routine Roman epic, but his second feature, A Fistful of Dollars (1964), a shameless remake of Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo (1961), caused a revolution. Although it wasn't the first spaghetti Western, it was far and away the most successful, and shot former T.V. cowboy Clint Eastwood to stardom (Leone wanted Henry Fonda or Charles Bronson but couldn't afford them). The two sequels, For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), were shot on much higher budgets and were even more successful, though his masterpiece, Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), in which Leone finally worked with Fonda and Bronson, was mutilated by Paramount Pictures and flopped at the U.S. box office. He directed Duck, You Sucker (1971) reluctantly, and turned down offers to direct The Godfather (1972) in favor of his dream project, which became Once Upon a Time in America (1984). He died in 1989 after preparing an even more expensive Soviet coproduction on the World War II siege of Leningrad. more…

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