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Clint Eastwood has long been the epitome of badassery but never has that been more clear than his roles as "The Man With No Name" in a trio of Sergio Leone directed Spaghetti Westerns. Eastwood's performance as "Blondie" in this iconic film--as well as his previous roles as Joe, the foreigner in A Fistful of Dollars and Manco in For a Few Dollars More, has endured since 1966 and influenced every stoic and mysterious hero to come after.
While Quentin Tarantino has called The Good, the Bad and the Ugly "the best-directed film of all time" it was, unbelievably, not well received. Even though Sergio Leone, producer Alberto Grimaldi, and his cast, including Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach, gave their all to retread the well-worn shoes of the Western genre--the American public and its critics looked down on the Italian films. Yet still, as a testament to its enduring power, the film would standout as a brilliant point in Eastwood and Leone's careers and many have come around like Roger Ebert who initially gave the movie three stars but now ranks it as one of the greatest movies of all time.
There was more bad and ugly than good about the film's production though. Leone burned more than a few bridges by the end of his Dollars Trilogy and this last installment would be the last time Eastwood and Leone would work together. Clint turned down a role in Once Upon a Time in the West(that was filled by Charles Bronson) and Leone took his potshots against Eastwood; favoring his, Once Upon a Time in America, lead Robert De Niro saying that "Bobby suffers, Clint yawns."
Despite critical resistance and production woes, the poncho clad gunslinger has remained an icon and the epic movies, masterfully scored by Ennio Morricone, will always be known as a few of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time. Now draw! or pick up your shovel!