The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Italian: Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo) is a 1966 Italian epic spaghetti Western directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach in the title roles. The screenplay was by Age & Scarpelli, Luciano Vincenzoni and Leone, from a story by Vincenzoni and Leone. The widescreen cinematography was by Tonino Delli Colli, and Ennio Morricone composed the film score. The film was the third and final entry in Leone's popular "Dollars" trilogy, following A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965). The Tagline for the film was "For Three Men The Civil War Wasn't Hell. It Was Practice!"
Below: How The Good, the Bad and the Ugly may have opened when seen in UK cinemas with its original X certificate
(Click below to view the Original Trailer)
Good the Bad and the Ugly 1966 Clint Eastwood Lee Van Cleef Spainish original 1 sheet poster
Good the Bad and the Ugly 1966 Clint Eastwood Original German A1 poster
Good the Bad and the Ugly 1966 DVD 2 disc set Extended Version restored and remastered
Below: Here's the rather nice poster design used to promote the Special Edition DVD release
Good the Bad and the Ugly 1966 DVD Clint Eastwood stars in the third part of the Leone Trilogy first issue of the extended version with trailer
Good the Bad and the Ugly 1966 Original NTSC Video tape from CBS/Fox
This was also released in a collectors edition package (below)
Good the Bad and the Ugly 1966 Ennio Morricone Original CD soundtrack release
Good the Bad and the Ugly 1966 Ennio Morricone Original UK 8 Track Stereo Soundtrack U-3027
Good the Bad and the Ugly 1966 Ennio Morricone Re-issue UK vinyl LP soundtrack
Good the Bad and the Ugly 1966 Lobby set x 6 Original French release
Good the Bad and the Ugly 1966 Lobby set x 8 UK original Front of House stills
Good the Bad and the Ugly 1966 Lobby still x1 German original release
Good the Bad and the Ugly 1966 Original UK sheet music, illustrated art to front
Good the Bad and the Ugly 1966 Rolled reprint of the original British Quad poster 30 x 40
Good the Bad and the Ugly 1966 Swedish Original film program
Good the Bad and the Ugly 1966 UK Rare original press book with colour art cover
Below: Good the Bad and the Ugly Original UK press Sheet
Good the Bad and the Ugly 1966 Very rare French 7” record with full picture sleeve
Good the Bad and the Ugly 1966 Very rare Japanese 7” record with very nice picture insert sleeve
Good the Bad and the Ugly 1966 x 3 Diff Original Paperback tie in Novels
Below: This is another version of the paperback which features film images to the cover. I am still looking for this version for my collection.
Good the Bad and the Ugly 1966 Original Radio Spot (30 sec)
Below: Good the Bad and the Ugly 1966 Original Theatrical Trailer on Super 8mm format (for trailer see top). Many thanks to Dave Worrall for sending me this gem.
2 of the many rare stills and images from around the world:
Below: The very rare Thai release poster
Below: Some of the U.S. range of promotional material starting with the 3 sheet poster
The U.S. 1 sheet
The U.S. 6 sheet
The U.S. Insert poster
The U.S. Widow card for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Below: The U.S. Lobby Set Size 14 x 11
Below: 4 Close up examples of the U.S. Lobby set
Above: This U.S. Lobby card is a mystery as it not only shows a scene cut from the original theatrical print but was also missing from the newly restored version of the movie.
Below: The U.S. Press book (Cover and Inside)
Below: 3 super designed posters from Japan
Below: The Beautiful French designed poster
Below: The Italian Insert poster and the 2 folio from the same release
Below An original Good, Bad and Ugly Italian film program from 1966
A very rare item which demands a very high price
Below: An example of some great Italian lobbies (known as the 'green' set)
Below: From an alternative set came this wonderful rare shot
..and from yet another fotobusta set, another example.
Above: An Italian Good the bad and the ugly 2 folio poster featuring Eli Wallach, from the same set
In Europe, the artwork for the dollar trilogy always came good, here are a few more examples of some excellent designs, starting with an alternative French design.
Below: A Great Italian design
Below: A Great Italian locandina
Below; Another Italian locandina from the 1968 re-release and the 4 folio poster size 55x78 from the same release
Below: Although this poster is similar in design to the Italian design insert (See above) and the text is clearly in English, it remains unclear to me exactly where this poster originated from, maybe you know?
Above: Example of an original Mexican lobby Card
Below: The Mexican poster design
Below: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Australian Daybill poster
Below: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Australian re-release daybill poster
Below: The Original Japanese program for The Good , the Bad and the Ugly
Below: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly PEA Italian 4 folio 55 x 78
Below; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Danish 1 sheet poster
Below: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly International 1 stop 23 x 33
Below: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1970's Re issue UK Quad poster 30x40
Below: The British Quad poster for the release of the restored version of the film, released August 2008
Below: A few great behind the scenes and deleted scenes photos, The first is a wonderful photo showing Clint's stunt double in action and preparing for the blowing of the bridge sequence.
Below: Here’s an ad with a couple of interesting points. Firstly, it is obviously a 1970s re-issue due to the U/A logo style, secondly – I don’t recall ever seeing that particular tagline ever used before – ‘The Greed, violence, deceit and desires of…’ – and lastly, even by the 70s U/A still manages to use a picture of Clint with the prostitute (played by Silvana Bacci) which has never actually been in a theatrical release print…
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
Alternate Titles: Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cattivo
Title: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Running Time: 161 Minutes
In the last and the best installment of his so-called "Dollars" trilogy of Sergio Leone-directed "spaghetti westerns," Clint Eastwood reprised the role of a taciturn, enigmatic loner.
Here he searches for a cache of stolen gold against rivals the Bad (Lee Van Cleef), a ruthless bounty hunter, and the Ugly (Eli Wallach), a Mexican bandit. Though dubbed "the Good," Eastwood's character is not much better than his opponents -- he is just smarter and shoots faster.
The film's title reveals its ironic attitude toward the canonized heroes of the classical western. "The real West was the world of violence, fear, and brutal instincts," claimed Leone. "In pursuit of profit there is no such thing as good and evil, generosity or deviousness; everything depends on chance, and not the best wins but the luckiest." Immensely entertaining and beautifully shot in Techniscope by Tonino Delli Colli, the movie is a virtually definitive "spaghetti western," rivaled only by Leone's own Once Upon a Time in the West (1968).
The main musical theme by Ennio Morricone hit #1 on the British pop charts.
Originally released in Italy at 177 minutes, the movie was later cut for its international release Yuri German, All Movie Guide
Director - Sergio Leone
Screenplay - Sergio Leone
Screenplay - Luciano Vincenzoni
Producer - Alberto Grimaldi
Actor - Clint Eastwood
Actor - Eli Wallach
Actor - Lee Van Cleef
Actor - Aldo Giuffre
Actor - Mario Brega
Actor - Luigi Pistilli
United Artists Films
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY / HANG EM HIGH DOUBLE FEATURE RELEASE
I am adding this section here as it was a popular release at the time. I will also be adding material such as posters and pressbooks. For now here is a wonderful photo capturing a theatre front which was showing the double feature.
Below: Original banner for the double bill release
Original US Double Bill 1 Sheet
Original US Double Bill Press book
Below: The Widescreen VHS video cassette released in the UK
Below: Eli Walllach talks about working on The Good, the Bad and the Ugly with Sergio Leone