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DeanMoto26 Jul 2008 6:37 a.m. PST

Not sure if this has already been asked, but "Fistful of Dollars" is on right now. One my favs, although fairly long to watch, is "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly". These movies don't necessarily have be ones with The Man with No Name, nor ones directed by Leone.

Hacksaw26 Jul 2008 6:50 a.m. PST

Hard to pick a fave, so I'll say all of the above plus "For a Few Dollars More" and "Once Upon a Time in the West". I'm sure I'll be reminded of more as the thread progresses :-)

Martin Rapier26 Jul 2008 6:53 a.m. PST

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Best of the bunch, seen it loads of times including on one memorable occasion on the big screen at the Scala cinema in London – the final faceoff was just fantastic on a 40' high screen….

I can't take 'For a Few Dollars More' seriously after the Comic Strip spoof.

The Beast Rampant26 Jul 2008 7:01 a.m. PST

Hard to choose between "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" and "Once Upn a Time in the West", SL's two most 'epic' films kind of hog the spotlight.

aecurtis Fezian26 Jul 2008 7:49 a.m. PST

"My Name is Nobody": I like Terence Hill. That Fonda feller is pretty good, too.


coryfromMissoula26 Jul 2008 8:01 a.m. PST

I've always enjoyed Fist Full of Dynamite.

The Hound26 Jul 2008 8:09 a.m. PST

A Few Dollars More, Fistful of Dollars(though the original Yojimbo is much better) and the Good the Bad and the Ugly.

Topkick89026 Jul 2008 8:40 a.m. PST

Once Upon a TIme in the West

PC473RG26 Jul 2008 8:51 a.m. PST

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and A Few Dollars More. The GBU finale is classic cinema, the opening scene with Lee Van Cleef in AFDM is great, especially the girl in the bath tub!

Frothers Did It Anyway26 Jul 2008 9:16 a.m. PST

I have a soft spot for The Great Silence and Django – both directed by Sergio Corbucci.

Regrebnelle26 Jul 2008 9:57 a.m. PST

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly if I have to choose.


The Gray Ghost26 Jul 2008 10:55 a.m. PST

Fistful of Dollars and A Few Dollars More, but The Good, the Bad and the Ugly has the best gunfight scene ever.
The Trinity movies with Terence Hill are a lot of fun.

asa106626 Jul 2008 11:16 a.m. PST

I kind of like Red Sun, the Samurai western with Charles Bronson and Toshiro Mifune. Also, Two Mules for Sister Sarah is a lot of fun.

David S.

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian26 Jul 2008 12:49 p.m. PST

Not sure Two Mules would be spaghetti though… Eastwood's own company produced it.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian26 Jul 2008 12:56 p.m. PST

GBU, best "spagetti" western

DeanMoto26 Jul 2008 1:35 p.m. PST

"Guns for San Sebastian" had both Quinn & Bronson – alas, Clint stole the spotlight.

Juan Kerr26 Jul 2008 1:42 p.m. PST


Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian26 Jul 2008 1:58 p.m. PST

"GBU, best "spagetti" western"

Spaghetti is the generally accepted proper spelling. Both are accepted in usage, though spaghetti is usually the predominantly listed form in dictionaries.

Capt John Miller26 Jul 2008 4:32 p.m. PST

It's all about the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. That is the ultimate spaghetti western. THAT was the big budget spectacular. Of course, Ennio Morricone's music just tops it all off in a way that I just cannot describes. I have the soundtrack to it as well and enjoy it immensely. It had the gold, the battle scene (nice epic shots there), the physical beatdowns, marksmanship beyond compare and lots of iron in the form of irony. Oh yeah, and the classic showdown.

Oh, it's also all about Arch Stanton. ;P

quidveritas26 Jul 2008 8:23 p.m. PST

Uhhh… I thought a Spaghetti western was a TV series not a movie.

Gunsmoke has to be the best of them all.

The Rifleman was one I watched religiously


Cerdic27 Jul 2008 12:50 a.m. PST

Spaghetti westerns – surely called that because they were produced in southern Europe (mainly Spain rather than Italy though!).

Good the Bad and the Ugly got to be the best. Closely followed by Once Upon A Time In The West.

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian27 Jul 2008 3:55 a.m. PST

Spaghetti Western is a phrase coined for the genra of western films typified by those directed by Sergio Leone. Generally, they were produced by Italian film companies, with Italian as the spoken languge, then dubbed in English and other languages for international distribution.

Leone himself directed some of the most famous.

Dr Mathias Fezian27 Jul 2008 7:23 a.m. PST

I just watched Fistful and Few Dollars more a week ago-
I didnt enjoy For a Few Dollars More that much for some reason, although I'm sure I'd seen it before. I did watch one right after the other if that makes a difference.

I love Pale Rider and High Plains Drifter, and the Good the Bad and the Ugly.

Virtual- When you say Italian was the spoken language, did Eastwood speak Italian as well?

Juan Kerr27 Jul 2008 9:06 a.m. PST

High Plains & Pale Rider are not really Spaghetti westerns. The Trinity movies, Django, Sabata trilogy and the Man with No Name were ' Spaghetti' westerns. Some of Clint's early US movies were obviously influenced by the Italian movies though.

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian27 Jul 2008 9:47 a.m. PST

"did Eastwood speak Italian as well?"

Yes, he is fluent in Italian.

High Plains Drifter and Pale Rider (and Outlaw Josey Wales) are indeed Malpaso productions (Eastwood's company) directed by Eastwood himself. Two Mules is from Malpaso, but not directed by Eastwood. Joe Kidd and Hang'um High are a US films but not from Malpaso.

Personal logo Battle Cry Bill Supporting Member of TMP27 Jul 2008 3:47 p.m. PST

The Good The Bad and The Ugly is the best in my mind. It has Union and Confederate troops, a big battle, and so many western themes all brought together.

And the music is superb. Owe owe ooooo..da.da.da. owe owe oo da da DA

Winchester 73 has to be one of the best all round westerns. Again the late unpleasantness hangs heavy in the story line.


cfuzwuz27 Jul 2008 4:26 p.m. PST

GBU is the best and it was an epic. As others have mentioned, the soundtrack was also great.

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian27 Jul 2008 4:56 p.m. PST

Rule number one…. Virtualscratchbuilder should never ever post on TMP without appropriate dosages of coffee.

GBU = Good, Bad and the Ugly. duh.

""GBU, best "spagetti" western"

"Spaghetti is the generally accepted proper spelling. Both are accepted in usage, though spaghetti is usually the predominantly listed form in dictionaries."

In my stupor, I read GBU as "Just Between Us". Double Duh. Duh. See what not having the coffee lense does? See what grading graduate student papers day in day out does?

Sorry for the totally useless response.

Eclectic Wave28 Jul 2008 7:02 a.m. PST

Once upon a time in the West, without a doubt.

quidveritas28 Jul 2008 9:26 a.m. PST

No they are called Spaghetti Westerns because they were sponsored by . . . guess what? . . . Spaghetti manufacturers.

If you can't remember this, you don't know what you are talking about.



Old Digger28 Jul 2008 9:53 a.m. PST

Hard to decide a favorite. When flipping through the channels and any of them are on I'll stop and lose a few hours.


brevior est vita28 Jul 2008 11:57 a.m. PST

My favorite is also 'Once Upon A Time in the West.' The opening credits serve as a terrific mini-film all on their own!


Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2008 7:47 p.m. PST

Good, Bad and Ugly because it Tuco in it; an ab/fab character. I think of his wit and wisdom constantly. "If you need to shoot, shoot, don't talk."

hurcheon29 Jul 2008 7:55 a.m. PST

Outside of Sergio Leone I always had a soft spot for "Sabata"

Cerdic29 Jul 2008 8:01 a.m. PST

But when 'blondie' reads out the note that says "see you later idiots", he turns to Tuco and tells him "its for you".

Tuco did not have a monopoly on wit and wisdom!

iouliared29 Jul 2008 9:30 p.m. PST

dont really think ole Clint spoke Eye-tye do ya? He spoke his lines in English while the other dudes answered in Italian. Thought The Silence was a great movie and the music even better.

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