To me, the greatest western ever made. Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef are perfect in their roles as Blondie, Tuco and Angel Eyes. The opening is fantastic, with our introduction to the three primary characters. This is great story telling as we see and learn how their paths intertwine throughout the film and what their fate is at the very end. I canít recall which of the Leone trilogy I saw first. The first two are superb, but I have to rank this one a little higher and it stands as my favorite Eastwood film.
My wife and I had the opportunity to see an extended version of this on the big screen a handful of years ago. I was glad for the opportunity, but disappointed in the results. It was too long and that sentiment has stayed with me after having viewed it at home. Even though the additional scenes didnít add anything, for me, to the original version, I relished in the fact that I was able to experience seeing it in a theater.