The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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.
Genre: Western
Production: United Artists
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
178 min


...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?


Nice family.

What does he pay you for murdering me?

$ ... get the name!

The name!


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... 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!


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, $ .

Yeah, $ .

¡ Hijo de puta que te parió!

You'll pay for this!

I hope you end up in a graveyard...

...with the cholera, and the rabies, and the plague!

Cut me loose! Cut me loose, you filthy bastard!

Put me down!

I hope your mother ends up in a two-dollar whorehouse!

Cut me loose! Cut me loose!

You can still save yourself.

Let me go, and I'll pardon you.

Let me go!

I feel sick. The blood is rushing...

I'm dry.

Agua! Water!

You swine! You son of a b*tch!

You're brave with a man who's tied up!

Come back!

Come back and fight!

You bastard!

Who the hell is that?

One bastard goes in, another comes out.

Cut it out! Cut it out!

I'm an honest farmer! I'm innocent of any...

So, you're an honest farmer.

You recognize this man?

Yeah, it's you!

Who says so? You can't even read.

Roll it up. Roll it up!

I'll give you a good idea where you can put it.

To hell with all you sheriffs and deputies and all who gave birth to you!

Hey, everybody, look! Look! He's giving him the filthy money!


You've sold my hide!

But you won't enjoy any of that money, not a penny.

If there's justice, that money will go to the undertakers!

Every penny of it. You know who you are?

You want to know whose son you are?

You don't, I do. Everybody does.

You're the son of a thousand fathers!

All bastards like you!

And your mother? Your mother...

You bastard!

Your mother, it's better not to talk of her. I never hurt anybody!

...wanted in counties of this state...

...the condemned is found guilty of the crimes of murder, armed robbery...

...of citizens, state banks, and post offices...

...the theft of sacred objects, arson in a state prison...

...perjury, bigamy, deserting his wife and children...

...inciting prostitution, kidnapping, extortion...

...receiving stolen goods, selling stolen goods...

...passing counterfeit money, and contrary to the laws of this state...

...the condemned is guilty of using...

Therefore, according to the powers vested in us...

...we sentence the accused here before us...

...Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez...

...known as the "Rat"...

...and any other aliases he might have... hang by the neck until dead.

May God have mercy on his soul. Proceed!

Five for you.

One, two, three, four...

...five for me.

Five for you...

...and five for me.

Know how much you're worth now?

No, how much?

$ !

There are two kinds of people in the world, my friend.

Those with a rope around their neck...

...and the people who have the job of doing the cutting.

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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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