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Is The Good, The Bad and The Ugly a must watch western?

Asked by mazingerz88 (23217points) May 25th, 2019 from iPhone

I’ve been procrastinating for decades seeing this film. I’ve seen several if not most of Eastwood’s westerns by now and liked all of them, The Unforgiven being the top favorite——-but just can’t decide whether it’s time to try this one. Thanks.

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ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Jeeze waaaay past time to see that gem. It’s the best movie ever made. My personal favorite.

kritiper's avatar

Worth watching, for sure. So is “Once Upon a Time in the West.”

mazingerz88's avatar

^^The only western I revisit regularly aside from Unforgiven and Butch and Sundance. :)

ragingloli's avatar

Never seen it, so no.

stanleybmanly's avatar

I don’t believe it loli! It’s an epic. If you haven’t seen it, I can almost guarantee it will have the same impact as the first Star Wars.

ragingloli's avatar

So, none at all?

Zaku's avatar

Yes, it’s up there in my list of favorite and best Westerns, has great music and is both like the other Spaghetti Westerns starring Eastwood, and also unlike them in its length, scale, and some aspects of its style and themes.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Hell yeah! Great movie. I think it is one of the best westerns of that time period. I hear complaints about it being a “spaghetti western,” but I thought it was great.

It was made before I was born. I don’t usually like many movies, that are older than me. That movie is not only an exception, bit I like it more than a lot of “modern” westerns.

Clint makes the movie. Not sure if I would have liked it as much, without him…

I highly recommend it!

Let us know if you watch it, and what you thought.

Kropotkin's avatar

All the Sergio Leone westerns are worth watching. The music and cinematography are particularly superb.

mazingerz88's avatar

Ennio Morricone’s beyond terrific. Tarantino was lucky to have the chance to work with a master.

josie's avatar

My dad loved that movie.
He loved a lot of Westerns.
He saw it so many times he could quote the dialogue along with the movie. I think it’s great too. The guy who plays the Mexican bandit steals the movie.

filmfann's avatar

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly might be the best western ever. My other favorites being Unforgiven, The Searchers, Silverado, and True Grit.
TGTBATU is special, with its strong anti-war themes and wide scope of the violent West.
It’s an essential.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Unforgiven. Yeah. GREAT Western. Might be my favorite.

It would be that, or Tombstone.

Darth_Algar's avatar

I think it is. I think it’s one of the greatest westerns ever made. And you can almost never go wrong with Ennio Morricone doing the music.

(As an aside: in recent years the game Red Dead Redemption had an excellent Morricone-esque soundtrack.)

@MrGrimm888 ” I hear complaints about it being a “spaghetti western,” but I thought it was great.”

Well the term itself isn’t a statement of criticism, but more about production. Films set in the American old west, with largely American casts (at least for the main cast) but filmed in Italy (or sometimes Spain) by mostly Italian directors with mostly Italian crews. Although yeah, stylistically spaghetti westerns did tend to be rougher and more violent and, thematically, tended to stray from the staunch black & white morality of the standard American westerns of the time.

MrGrimm888's avatar

^That’s part of the attraction of those types of movies, to me. The old American west, was indeed violent, dirty, and morals were no more than a convenience.
Most of the older western movies my parents watch seem ridiculous. Crisp, clean, ethical, gentlemanly, chivalrous cowboys. White people playing a stereotype of the American Indians, who were essentially ALWAYS the “badguys,” wasn’t even close to historically accurate. Watching those movies now, they seem more like white propaganda…

Dutchess_III's avatar

Guess I better watch it too.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Be prepared for a long stretch, where you will be able to pay attention. It’s not a movie you should watch with commercials, or attempt to tackle chores while watching.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Short attention spans don’t appreciate this one either.

mazingerz88's avatar

It’s on Prime so easily accessible for me right now. Just bought a bottle of scotch whisky. Maybe tonite it’s “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly and the Drunk Watcher” time!

Thanks jellies for all your enlightening insights. Impeccable as always.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Guess I have a short attention span. Lots and lots of guns fired and even one woman got the absolute shit beat out of her by a cowboy.

stanleybmanly's avatar

No. It is not a chick flick. I don’t mean that as criticism. But it’s interesting, the difference in reactions to movies between men and women. I’ve often wondered whether the Godfather would ever have reached a theater if first previewed by the audience at an Oprah show. What did Rick think of it?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Our tastes run pretty much the same. After the woman got the shit beaten out of her I asked if he wanted to keep watching. He said he didn’t care. So I put on….MY COUSIN VINNIE!

Darth_Algar's avatar

Yeah, it ain’t a pretty or a nice movie. Hence the title.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I am pretty sure my folks took us to the drive in to see that movie when it came out, and I came away thinking it was good. I was 9.
Guess my tastes have changed. I know it was all staged, not real, but he appeared to be hitting her so hard it kind of made me sick to my stomach. At the age of 9 I had yet to be confronted by an enraged, agressive male.

ragingloli's avatar

I will tell you what a must watch western is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP11jDHwX98

stanleybmanly's avatar

It just confuses me. I remember those Nora Ephron movies like Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve got Mail or even When Harry Met Sally. Those are are well scripted movies worthy of viewing , but one time for any of them is enough for me. But the wife and her girlfriends? And then there was that decade of Jane Austin. I mean the saturation was absolutely unbelievable. I still haven’t seen Eat, Pray, Love, and suspect that I will die a happy man if I never see it.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’m pretty sure I’ve seen all of those at least once, except for Eat, Pray, Love. I agree with your assessment @stanleybmanly. Not at the top of my list either.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Any more we buy almost every movie we want. We’re replacing our entire DVD selection. Right out of the box we looked for Mississippi Burning, My Cousin Vinney, A Time to Kill, The Lincoln Lawyer, Second Hand Lions, Remember the Titans, Secretariat, Brian’s Song and bunch more….it’s just too damn easy to buy them, too! Just a bunch of clicking. I guess it’s like buying on credit. It feels painless.

stanleybmanly's avatar

@ragingloli You liked My Name is Nobody, and yet you’ve never seen the good, the bad & the ugly? Do you understand which movies your film parodies.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Oh! We also have To Sir With Love and In the Heat of the Night, both with the incomparable Sidney Poitier.
THEY CALL ME MR. TIBBS!

mazingerz88's avatar

^^Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Oh yes! I will search for that one tonight. Also, “Guess Who’s Coming,” with Bernie Mac.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Does the Hateful Eight count, as a western?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Oh my God that movie was horrible.

MrGrimm888's avatar

I absolutely loved it. I love all of Tarantino’s movies…

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Hateful eight was one of the best films out in a while.

MrGrimm888's avatar

^Thank you. Do you consider it a western?

kritiper's avatar

For a Few Dollars More is one I can always watch.

MrGrimm888's avatar

I just remembered Quigley Down Under. That was a badass western. Well. It was set in Australia….. Can a “western” be set outside of the US?

MrGrimm888's avatar

So. What defines a western?

ragingloli's avatar

Revolvers, lever-action rifles, primitives in silly hats, horses, hot and dry wasteland, redskins covered in feathers

kritiper's avatar

@ragingloli You forgot lawlessness.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Lawlessness and saloon tarts. Sometimes trains.

ragingloli's avatar

Terence Hill and Bud Spencer.

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