December 14, 2010

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Top 63 Marathon, part 60 (#4)

Title: Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo
Year: 1966 (Italy), 1967 (US)
Length: 161 minutes
Director: Sergio Leone
Writers: Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Luciano Vincenzoni & Sergio Leone, with Mickey Knox; story by Vincenzoni & Leone
Starring: Eli Wallach, Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef
Music: Ennio Morricone
Distinctions: currently #4 on the IMDb's Top 250

My reaction
Synopsis: three outlaws are after buried Confederate gold
How I saw it: on video many times (have on DVD), most recently yesterday
Concept: Good.
Story: Great.
Characters: Great.
Dialog: Great.
Pacing: Indifferent. It's too long, but if it were faster it wouldn't work half as well.
Cinematography: Great.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Good.
Music: Great.
Subjective Rating: 9/10 (One of my favorites). The finale showdown is my favorite scene in any movie. If it doesn't give you goosebumps, you need to take a long, hard look at yourself.
Objective Rating: 3.6/4 3.7/4 (Great).

[update: re-watched, 1/16/2014]

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