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Which Of The Three Leone Films Is Your Favorite & Why?

Fistful Of Dollars
3 (14.3%)
For A Few Dollars More
5 (23.8%)
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
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« on: September 12, 2010, 11:15:51 PM »

I know we had a similar poll a few years ago but I think it's time for a new poll.

So which of the three films is your favorite and what is your reasoning?

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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2010, 11:21:23 PM »

My favorite is The Good, The Bad And The Ugly. There's nothing wrong with the first two films, but for me, the three main characters in The Good, The Bad And The ugly are perfectly cast and portrayed that it surpasses the first two films. Plus add the great music score and the final three way shootout. The whole film is great and the best of the three.
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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2010, 11:23:08 PM »

My fav is a fistful. It's not the best one. GBU is the best one of the lot but it's shorter in length than the other two. I find I watch it more because of that and it's Clint vs everyone else. 
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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2010, 05:31:22 AM »

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly. everytime.   I like the other two but for me the characters and the story are more to my liking.   I especially like the ending and of course the shootout.
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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2010, 06:18:16 AM »

A Fistful of Dollars. I love the scenery, the plot, and especially the ending.
 
I love this quote from the book The films of Clint Eastwood (Boris Zmijewsky & Lee Pfeiffer) about the ending.

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The stranger then rides nonchalantly out of town, leaving a path of destruction behind him.
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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2010, 07:10:15 AM »

My favourite Leone film (out of the three) is The Good,The Bad And The Ugly. :)

This film is just superb in comparison to the other two. Every thing is presented in epic proportions from the soundtrack to Leone's presentation of the Civil War.

The story is much better and the coming together of the three main characters through Leone's visions of America is just pure Perfection.
Each character is unique in his own way. Clint is no longer identified by is poncho, this time it's he is wearing a long coat. Lee Van Cleef plays an entirely different character to the role he played in For A Few Dollars More and Eli Wallach is outstanding as Tuco. He was born to play this role!

The final shootout at the huge circular military graveyard is brilliant in every way from Leone's camerawork to Morricone's score!
It's a movie you can watch over and over again!  I would consider this film to be one of the best westerns ever made and it's just fantastic.

The first soundtrack album I bought was The Good,The Bad And The Ugly. It's a superb film score and everybody should have this album in their collection. O0
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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2010, 02:54:24 PM »

I voted for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly for much of the same reasons already mentioned here.

I'm a bit surprised with the results of the poll though! There's only seven votes, but still... none for For a Few Dollars More? I prefer that one to A Fistful of Dollars. And really, I like Fistful a lot too. I remember at one point Matt used to say he liked For a Few Dollars More the best.
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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2010, 05:30:30 PM »

I remember at one point Matt used to say he liked For a Few Dollars More the best.

I started to type pretty much that exact sentence before I finished reading your post!
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« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2010, 07:49:11 PM »

I don't know how I missed this thread before.  My favorite is For A Few Dollars More.  It's hard to say why, but if I had to pick just one to ever see again, this would be it.  I enjoy watching the developing relationship between Col. Mortimer and Manco.  They start out competing against each other and end up working together.  The music is fantastic, but I like the music for all three movies.  The Good, the Bad and the Ugly runs a close second with its unforgettable ending scenes, but Tuco steals the show and I'm just not very fond of him.  He reminds me of a spoiled child.
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« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2010, 05:20:36 PM »

Ooooh, how to answer this one?

For a few dollars more, is a sentimental favorite. It was my first exposure to the Man with No Name, and I had never encountered anything resembling an anti hero. Also it was kind  of a stretch allowing  Clint to show he had a sense of humor, I always thought that was the one thing that was missing in FFOD.

But in all honesty, for contents sake if I had to rate them, THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY is the best of the three. It seems to me that was Leone's attempt at touching the human soul. Manco showing sympathy for the young dying soldier, showing the madness of war, and finding a way to intertwine it all into the journey these three hardened killers are taking. Finding a way to strongly divide the three characters from the aloofness of Lee Van Cleef to the humor of Tuco.

In that movie there was NO one dimensional characters. And it allowed for human flaw. I would have never known that Lee Van Cleef was missing a finger had it not been for the close up during the showdown on his hand. They could have put a hand model in for that...but they didnt. Little things like that make me put it right up there with one of the best movies of all time.
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« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2014, 05:30:53 PM »

All the points supporting the reason for your favourite of the the three are well made : I agree with these points.

FOFD is of course the original , but there are moments which stretch credulity a bit too far.
Could TMWNN spend a long evening as a guest of the Rojos and make them believe that he really was drunk?
As for the final shoot-out : instead of being goaded by TMWNN into firing at the heart , why did Ramon not have the sense to go for a head shot?

He helps the woman and child,so we are left with the impression of a man who,whilst mercenary, has a sense of justice and decency.
For those of us brought up on Cooper and Wayne , that's important to help us accept the "anti-hero".

GBU was the "epic" of the three : it has the feel of a "big" movie , with its wonderful score , the long-range shots and the Civil War background.
But in this movie , we do not see much evidence of TMWNN  displaying altruism : he is a criminal who - for a price - helps others escape justice.
Sure , he kills the evil Setenza , but that is in order to secure the treasure, without any apparent higher moral purpose.
The only real sense of him having any decency is in what he does not do - namely, he does not cheat Tuco out of his share.
But can one attribute qualities of character to a person for the bad that they do not do?
Eli Wallach's hammed-up performance is a real treat : he just about 'steals' the movie.

I voted for FAFDM as my favourite. As a viewer , the vengeance motif  appears to me the strongest here , as we know exactly the reason for  Mortimer's pursuit of the villain . Gian Maria Volonte's El Indio is pure evil : to me , the act of killing a mother and child  marks him as even worse than Ramon in slaughtering the soldiers in FFOD.
TMWNN does not seem to know what El Indio did to Tomaso and family , but of course he has a good idea of Mortimer's motivation.

He seems happy to have helped him in his pursuit of vengeance.
I cannot quite explain why I believe this. Maybe it's TMWNN's curiosity about the photo in the watch , as we see him interested in something for non-mercenary reasons?

Despite the nastiness in the movie , it is also full of humour - too many examples to mention , but as you have all seen it , there is no need for me to list them.

The relationship between Mortimer and TMWNN is fascinating : this is the only one of three movies where our "hero" is challenged by a decent-minded man of comparable ability. For much of the movie , I felt that Mortimer was the more dominant character , due to being a bit smarter than TMWNN , but the latter re-asserts himself - just like in all good Westerns ! - in the final scene. 
I suppose it is fun to critique the trilogy , but I do not want to overdo it : simple fact is , all three movies were rollicking good entertainment !
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« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2014, 09:55:52 PM »

Good post, thank you Marcus AF, and welcome to the Board!

One comment about the No Name character in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: He does have one moment in which we see his character as "the good," and that is when he comforts the young dying soldier by giving him a puff of his cigar and covering him with his coat. Of course, he then steals the soldier's poncho, but by that time the boy no longer needs it.
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« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2014, 10:06:59 PM »


I voted for FAFDM as my favourite. As a viewer , the vengeance motif  appears to me the strongest here , as we know exactly the reason for  Mortimer's pursuit of the villain . Gian Maria Volonte's El Indio is pure evil : to me , the act of killing a mother and child  marks him as even worse than Ramon in slaughtering the soldiers in FFOD.
TMWNN does not seem to know what El Indio did to Tomaso and family , but of course he has a good idea of Mortimer's motivation.

He seems happy to have helped him in his pursuit of vengeance.
I cannot quite explain why I believe this. Maybe it's TMWNN's curiosity about the photo in the watch , as we see him interested in something for non-mercenary reasons?

Despite the nastiness in the movie , it is also full of humour - too many examples to mention , but as you have all seen it , there is no need for me to list them.

The relationship between Mortimer and TMWNN is fascinating : this is the only one of three movies where our "hero" is challenged by a decent-minded man of comparable ability. For much of the movie , I felt that Mortimer was the more dominant character , due to being a bit smarter than TMWNN , but the latter re-asserts himself - just like in all good Westerns ! - in the final scene. 
I suppose it is fun to critique the trilogy , but I do not want to overdo it : simple fact is , all three movies were rollicking good entertainment !


Agreed!Thanks Marcus,could not say it better myself  O0
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« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2014, 07:41:36 PM »



If Leone would had just shot the 3 way shootout and nothing else it would still be the best, besides the fact Wallach stole the whole movie.
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« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2014, 08:17:42 AM »

Having watched Eastwood's last 3 westerns recently, I was considering watching his first 3 again soon which happens to be these Leone westerns mentioned in this thread.  I find it very difficult to choose, really.  I could easily say the last one because it is an incredibly great western and maybe that statement in of itself is my answer but I still can't choose as yet.  I'm not sure I'll ever be able to.  To me, I consider the Leone westerns not only Eastwood’s best westerns to date, but the best of the genre.  Not head-and-hells above all others, but definitely the top of the heap.   To quote Sinatra, "King of the hill, top of the heap, A-number ooooone!"  Well... 1, 2 and 3   O0

This truly is a great poll but one too hard for me to asnwer right now.  Perhaps, if I get the chance to watch these 3 again soon...     
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« Reply #15 on: June 23, 2014, 05:29:34 PM »

Great post SK!

My favorite has to be GBU!  It's just an all around fabulous western.  With great acting, great scenary, great plot, great music, love everything about it.  Yes it is a bit long.  But if you really enjoy a movie and its very entertaining throughout then lenghth doesnt matter to me at all.  Matter fact I usually watch it all the way through with no break!  This western is a close second to Unforgiven for me! 

For A Few dollars more is defenately my second favorite.  Very entertaining movie!

And I like Fistful but it's just not at the level of the other two.
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« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2014, 03:04:21 PM »



The soldier Eastwood gives his cigar to in GBU to is a dead ringer for Jan Michael-Vincent
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« Reply #17 on: July 19, 2014, 12:18:32 AM »

A Few Dollars More is my favorite, by a very narrow margin.

In my humble ( :2funny:) opinion GBU is the BEST film of the three, but not really my favorite. The poll asked for my favorite.

So coming in 3rd for fave is Fistful.

Howzat......

Fistful came across to me as a little more obviously staged production. I did not have the 100% sensation that I had beamed down in the time machine and was witnessing a real event in the real Old West. This both detracted from my appreciation of it as a fine film and unavoidably also detracted from my liking it as a favorite movie.

A Few Dollars More looked to me more gritty and real. This makes it my favorite. And I personally call it a better film than Fistful.

GBU is a marvelously good film, I call it the best of the three in terms of production values. However there are some anachronisms and other gaffes that are distracting to me and prevent me from enjoying the movie to the fullest. So I call it a very good film but not my favorite of the three, by a narrow margin.

As with many other Eastwood films, I like any of them so much that ranking them almost seems sacriligeous.

If the Movie-Monster came and stole 2 of them and left me only one, I would happily watch any one of them I still had.     
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« Reply #18 on: July 21, 2014, 05:57:30 AM »


The soldier Eastwood gives his cigar to in GBU to is a dead ringer for Jan Michael-Vincent

Hahaha, true, very true!
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« Reply #19 on: July 22, 2014, 11:55:11 PM »

Please indulge me.

Who is Jan Michael Vincent?
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