_______ The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Directed by Sergio Leone Starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach Released December 23, 1966 (Italy); December 29, 1967 (US) I think I mentioned upthread that I hadn't been getting into the prior installments of the Dollars trilogy much. I can certainly see where they were stylistically influential, but this is one of those cases where I feel more on the same page with the original critics. I'm not big on characters having to be "likeable," but there's nothing much to invest in with these films. Eastwood's character is labeled "The Good," but we barely see the slightest hints of conscience, compassion, and morality from him toward the end of the film, which is when the best stuff happens. The rest just sort of rambles. With that in mind... That was a nice bit at the end, teasing us into thinking that Blondie was just going to let Tuco hang, then having him pull his old trick of shooting the rope, which had been their con game earlier in the film--Blondie collecting the reward for turning him in, then rescuing him from hanging in that manner. I also thought it was a bit of an odd choice to have a Western set during the Civil War rather than the usual timeframe of after it. I have to wonder if there's anything that I hadn't known to look for in the previous two films to contradict that. _______ https://www.metv.com/videos/the-doris-day-show Decades has Binged it in the past as well.