50 Reasons Why The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Might Just Be The Greatest Film of all Time
16. Quote - The Switcheroo
Look, one son of a bitch goes in, and another son of a bitch comes out!" - Tuco
17. The Character Introductions
Leone introduces each of the three characters through an audacious prologue which lasts for 30 minutes, has no dialogue for 10 of them, and even subtitles each character in brilliant freeze-frame captions. Tuco is seen jumping out of a window (clutching a hunk of meat) to escape bounty hunters, Angel Eyes is shown brutally murdering a man and his son as part of a job for someone who he then double crosses, while Blondie is given an iconic introduction with a showdown which has him gunning down three bandits before any of them even fire a single shot. Openings to films are rarely as cool, stylish or unique as that of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
18. Scene - The Gun Shop
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0uoeZwCOCY The gun shop scene - in which Tuco holds a gun store owner hostage while he finds himself a suitable gun to hunt down Blondie - is one of my favorite scenes in the movie, thanks to Eli Wallach's amazing improvised performance, where he toys around with the parts of each gun as if searching for the perfect killing weapon.
"Leone said, 'Well, go in and put the gun together,' and I didn't know how. But he left the camera on and let me toy with it and imagine what it would be like." - Eli Wallach
19. The Opening Titles
Before we even get to the extensive character introductions that begin the film, Leone immediately sets the film apart from other Westerns of the era with the brilliant title sequence. Using a variety of colours and gritty photos of sequences from the film as well as animation, the titles designed by Iginio Lardani are incredibly cool - especially alongside Morricone's score.
20. Clint and the Kitten
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XpXUAUe-yE In the midst of the violence, Clint can be seen cuddling a random kitten and letting it play around in his hat..... Just to show that he's not all bad. Awwwww
Cult horror enthusiast and obsessive videogame fanatic. Stephen considers Jaws to be the single greatest film of all-time and is still pining over the demise of Sega's Dreamcast. As well regularly writing articles for WhatCulture, Stephen also contributes reviews and features to Ginx TV.