The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

14 corrected entries

Corrected entry: In the scene when Tuco has ordered Blondie to stand on a stool and put the hangman's noose around his neck, he orders him to tighten the noose. Just as Tuco aims his pistol to shoot out the leg of the stool, an explosion causes the entire floor to collapse. Tuco drops to a lower level but logically Blondie should have dropped also, thus hanging himself. Instead he mysteriously disappears and lives on for the rest of the movie.


Correction: Two things: first, it's clear when watching the scene that the floor gives way below Tuco, but not Blondie. As the camera pans down, you can see Blondie still standing on the chair. Second, Blondie's hands weren't tied, so it's easy to assume he took the noose off and escaped.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: When Tuco and his associates come to kill him, Blondie stops cleaning his pistol and quickly loads it with brass cartridges, which were not available for pistols until 1873.

Correction: Commonly thought to be an error, civil war revolvers did use brass cartridges. Many thousands were illegally produced in violation of the Smith and Wesson patent. Blondie's pistol is actually constructed to look like a frontier gunsmith conversion of a cap and ball revolver.

Corrected entry: When Lee Van Cleef rides up to the ranch, a boy is riding a mule to draw water. He spots the stranger and stops in front of an overhead barrier. The next shot we see of the boy, he is stopped with the overhead barrier behind him.


Correction: In the 5 seconds the camera is off the boy, the mule could have taken 2 steps forward.


Corrected entry: When Tuco is riding into the three-man bounty hunter ambush, one of the men fires a shot, presumably killing his horse as Tuco is not shot, and if the horse was only startled it would rear back and not tumble forward. The then dead horse is missing from the rest of the scene.


Correction: After the shot, and during the close up of Tuco on the ground is shown, the horse can be heard galloping away.

Corrected entry: In the scene when Tuco is confronted by the three bounty hunters who shoot him off his horse, he is standing in front of several large rocks in the background. When the angle changes he is now standing with no rocks behind him and just open desert.


Correction: The rocks do not disappear. As he stands up, he turns to the side slightly and the rocks are now at his side instead of his back.

Corrected entry: In the beginning scenes of the movie, Angel Eyes shows up at the man's house to get the name Bill Jackson is hiding under. The boy sits at the table and starts to spoon out some of the food from the bowl but his Mother stops him. He puts the spoon down on the table and leaves. The man then picks up the bowl and the spoon is now back in the bowl.


Correction: There are 2 spoons in the bowl, the boy takes out 1, Angel Eyes uses the other.

Corrected entry: After Blondie has "teamed up" with Angel Eyes, he hears a gunshot and says something like "Every gun sings its own tune", indicating that he's recognized the shot as being from Tuco's gun. But how did Tuco get his gun back? It certainly would have been confiscated when he entered the prison camp, and the chance that the guard on the train has that exact gun is extremely unlikely - he would most likely have had an officially issued sidearm.

Correction: Tuco fires MULTIPLE shots. It's the the timing of these shots that Blondie recognises, hence his very next line "its perfect timing", not the report of the particular gun that Tuco was using. Having ridden with Tuco (and presumably been next to him in gun fights) Blondie would have been acutely aware of the idiosyncrasies of Tuco's shooting.

Corrected entry: When Blondie and Tuco are in the POW camp, Tuco tells Blondie to look at their "old friend" Angel Eyes. Yet how did Blondie and Tuco have an "old friend" as they had just met for the first time a few days beforehand?


Correction: They did not "just met for the first time a few days beforehand" They have been running the scam of turning in Tuco to get the reward and then freeing him so the reward will be up for sometime.

Corrected entry: In the final showdown when they do a close up of Angel Eyes' hand moving toward his pistol, you can see that his revolver has a "cap and ball" cylinder in it. Yet he has a belt full of cartridge cases.

Correction: The cartridges found on his belt are for his rifle. On his horse he had what I believe was known as a Spencer Cavalry Carbine.

Corrected entry: During the scene where Blondie and Tuco are wiring the bridge with explosives, Tuco suggests they tell each other their part of the secret. As Blondie is replying, you can see a car drive by in the background. The movie takes place in the 1860s.

Correction: I have watched this scene several times and what you say never happens, there is NO car driving by in the background.

Corrected entry: Watch Tuco's lips while he's saying the "rich but lonely" speech. The words come out of his mouth before he even says them.

Correction: The whole movie is dubbed because of the Italian/English language barrier. None of the movie's dialogue matches perfectly because of the dubbing process.

Corrected entry: Near the end of the film Tuco (Eli Wallach) races around Sad Hill cemetery quickly reading hundreds of tombstones in his rapid search for one marked 'Archie Stanton' - in which he believes is buried two hundred thousand dollars in gold. Yet after having found it Blondie (Clint Eastwood) has to assist him in reading the word 'Unknown' marked on the grave next to that of Stanton. Tuco tries "Unk . . . unk . . ." Strange that an illiterate man had just managed to swiftly read so many names.

Correction: This is not necessarily a mistake because to find the grave, Tuco only really would have needed to be able to quickly recognize the letters A and S (since any grave with both a first and last name that doesn't start with these two letters, for Archie and Stanton, couldn't be the one he was looking for). He would only need to fully read ones with names that started with A and S and it's conceivable that he didn't run into that many, or any at all before he found the one he was looking for.

Corrected entry: At the beginning, when the Bad shoots the farmer, he falls down on his stomach. When the farmer's wife sees him dead, he's on his back.

Correction: We dont see the farmer falling but when camera switches behind the Bad, the farmer is laying on his back.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Blondie and Ugly are rigging the bridge with explosives, Blondie has the long fuse in the water, thus becoming wet. Fuses don't work wet.

Correction: Blasting fuse is wax coated and does work wet. However, TNT, which they are apparently using, was not invented yet.



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Man With No Name: The way I figure, there's really not too much future with a sawed-off runt like you.



In the very last scene of the movie, and just before Blondie shoots the rope that is holding Tuco on the grave's cross. You can see a car moving in the background, screen right of Tuco's head.



When the camera crew were rigging the bridge to be blown up, the supervisor in charge of the detonation who didn't speak any foreign language thought he had been given the instruction to blow up the bridge and proceded to do it. Trouble was, the camera crew hadn't finished setting everything up and it was not filmed at all. Sergio Leone was (according to Clint Eastwood) the angriest anyone had ever seen him. As a result, the army agreed to rebuild the bridge for free and it hired a detonator who did speak the right language. This time they got the shot.