‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’s Production Was an Explosive Mess

If one were to make a list of the best Westerns of all time, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly would be at the top.

The Spaghetti Western, the third in director Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy, finds three men competing against one another to find a buried stash of Confederate gold.

Clint Eastwood, aka “Blondie,” the good, is steely perfection.

Lee Van Cleef, the bad, delivers a villain well-deserving of his black hat, while Eli Wallach, the ugly, steals the show with a performance that’s equal parts funny, devious, and, well, ugly.

All three stars and the director would all live to see the film’s release in 1966.

It may sound funny to say, but the truth is that with the events that occurred during filming, a number of which were dangerous, being alive became a goal unto itself.

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