Sunday, November 7, 2010

Dual for Gold

The movie, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, is about three men-Blondie, Tuco, and Angel Eyes. Blondie, which is the good, is a gunslinger looking for a few bucks. Tuco, which is the ugly, is a wanted criminal always on the run and always in hiding to save himself. Angel Eyes, which is the bad, is a hit man that is always committed to a task given to him. Blondie and Tuco have a partnership to make money off of Tuco’s bounty; Blondie turns Tuco into the authorities, receives the reward, and when Tuco is being hung Blondie helps him escape. When Blondie unties the partnership and leaves Tuco for dead, Tuco pursues Blondie in revenge. Tuco eventually finds Blondie and forces him to walk miles without water in the desert. They come across a wagon full of dead soldiers. A man named Bill Carson, whom Angel Eyes is hunting, is the only survivor. He tells Tuco that $200,000 worth of gold is buried in a cemetery, while he tells Blondie what name the grave is located under. Again, both men are in a partnership to gain riches. Their quest to get gold is filled with adventure; they are captured twice by soldiers because they impersonated soldiers, and that’s where they encounter Angel Eyes. Tuco is posing as Bill Carson, Angel Eyes forces him to talk of where the gold is by inflicting physical pain. Angel Eyes finds out where the gold is located, but needs to know what name the grave is under, so he attempts to befriend Blondie by promising half of the fortune. In the end, they find the cemetery, but the grave that Blondie named is filled with nothing but a skeleton. So, Blondie suggests a solution-a dual between the three men. The dual is intense; Blondie shoots and kills Angel Eyes, but Tuco’s gun is not loaded so he lives. Blondie then forces Tuco to dig an unknown grave at gunpoint, where they find the gold. Blondie forces Tuco to stick his head in a noose while standing on a so-called wooden tombstone, then he rides off with half of the gold leaving him for dead. Tuco is panicking and screaming for Blondie to return. In a distance, Blondie shoots the rope releasing Tuco, just like he used to do in the partnership they once shared.

Gold will attract the good men, the bad men, and of course the ugly men. The movie was fantastic. I have only seen the ending before, but watching the entire film was totally awesome and completely worth it. The overall story was simply genius; a movie with a good and bad guy is classic, but involving an ugly guy is humorous. The dual between the three men was so intense, it kept me on the edge of my seat and my mind was constantly thinking when is the bad guy going to die. The performance of the actors was amazing; my favorites were Blondie and Tuco because they unconsciously have a love hate relationship. I enjoyed the movie so much, I give it two big thumbs up.

1 comment:

  1. It is an amazing film. And I love that Clint Eastwood (Blondie) is now a famous director. Eli Wallach (Tuco) still acts, but he's pretty up in years :-)

    Your summary's a little long, but good post, Tiara!