Clint Eastwood returned to the land of sagebrush and spaghetti for this third and best installment in director Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy, following A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965). He stars as a hired gun looking for buried Confederate gold with the occasional aid of Mexican bandit Eli Wallach (in one of his best roles). They’re the good and the ugly characters, with Lee Van Cleef as a corrupt Union sergeant who proves himself more than just bad. History buff Leone did everything he could to guarantee the film’s authenticity, making it the most lavish entry in the trilogy, with Spanish soldiers hired to build an entire town, a large prison camp modeled on Andersonville and a huge cemetery inspired by an ancient Roman circus. The film also included a bridge explosion so big that the first time they tried to film it, they destroyed all three cameras. A major hit presented here in a world premiere restoration, is now considered one of the greatest Westerns ever made, while its climactic Mexican stand-off inspired Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs (1992).
World premiere restoration presented in collaboration with MGM
Dir. Sergio Leone