The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Spaghetti Western film, set during the American Civil War, about three gunmen who set out to find a hidden fortune.

Directed by Sergio Leone. Written by Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Luciano Vincenzoni, and Sergio Leone.
For Three Men The Civil War Wasn't Hell. It Was Practice!


  • [During their stay in the Union camp, watching Confederate and Union soldiers fight over the bridge] I've never seen so many men wasted so badly.
  • Two hundred thousand dollars is a lot of money. We're gonna have to earn it.
  • I'll sleep better knowing my good friend is by my side to protect me.
  • After a meal there's nothing like a good cigar.
  • The way I figure, there's really not too much future with a sawed-off runt like you.
  • [to Tuco] Tut, tut. Such ingratitude after all the times I saved your life.
  • Put your drawers on, and take your gun off.
  • Every gun makes its own tune.
  • [to Tuco] Were you gonna die alone?
  • [After the stand-off, where in Angel Eyes is killed and Tuco finds out that there're no bullets in his gun] You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.
  • [Upon reading angel eyes' "see you soon, idiots" note] [to Tuco] It's for you.
  • It's the spurs.


  • When you have to shoot, shoot; don't talk.
  • But if you miss, you had better miss very well. Whoever double-crosses me and leaves me alive, he understands nothing about Tuco. Nothing!
  • There are two kinds of people in the world, my friend. Those who have a rope around their neck and those who have the job of doing the cutting.
  • If you save your breath I feel a man like you can manage it. And if you don't manage it, you'll die. Only slowly, very slowly, old friend.
  • Don't die, I'll get you water. Stay there. Don't move, I'll get you water. Don't die until later.
  • You want to know who you are? Huh? Huh? You don't, I do, everyone does... you're the son of a thousand fathers, all bastards like you.
  • Who the hell is that? One bastard goes in, another one comes out.
  • You never had a rope around your neck. Well, I'm going to tell you something crazy. When that rope starts to pull tight, you can feel the Devil bite your ass.
  • [to a chicken] If you work for a living, why do you kill yourself working?
  • There are two kinds of spurs, my friend. Those that come in by the door, [crosses himself] those that come in by the window.
  • If I get my hand on the two hundred thousand dollars, I'll always honor your memory. I swear.
  • That's so. Even a tramp like me, no matter what happens, I know there's always a brother who won't refuse me a bowl of soup.
  • I... I must tell you the truth, Blondie. In my place, you would do the same thing. It's all over for you now. There's nothing anyone can do any more. (Buries his face in his hands, letting out a sob) Oh, God, forgive me! It's my fault! (Beats the sides of his head in frustration) Mine, mine, mine, mine! I'll tell you one thing, Blondie. If I knew that my last hour had come, I swear, in my place... in your place I would do the same thing. I would tell about the gold. Yes, yes, I would. I would tell the name on the grave. What good is the money if you're dead? I know the name of the cemetery. But you know how many graves there are there? Please. Blondie, please. Have a little... coffee? Please, tell me the name. On... on the grave. If I get my hands on the 200,000 dollars, I'll always honour your memory. I swear, I'll always honour your memory.
  • I like big fat men like you. When they fall they make more noise and sometimes they never get up!
  • [To his brother Pablo] You think you're better than I am? Where we came from, if one did not want to die of poverty, one became a priest or a bandit! You chose your way, I chose mine. Mine was harder. You talk of our mother and father. You remember when you left to become a priest? I stayed behind! I must have been ten, twelve. I don't remember which, but I stayed. I tried, but it was no good. Now I am going to tell you something. You became a priest because you were... too much of a coward to do what I do!
  • I have a system, very much like yours. Only difference is I don't shoot the rope, I shoot the legs off the stool. Adios.
  • The world is divided into two kinds of people, those who have friends and those who are lonely like poor Tuco.
  • Hijo de una gran puta! "Son of a bitch!"
  • Hey Blondie! You know what you are?! Just a dirty son of a b-[gets cut off by the ending music]

Angel Eyes[edit]

  • [In a note pinned to a dead man] See you soon, idiots.
  • [to Blondie] You're smart enough to know that talking won't save you.
  • [to Blondie] You're not digging.
  • People with ropes around their necks don't always hang. Even a filthy beggar like that has a protecting angel. A golden-haired angel watches over him.
  • Oh, I almost forgot, he paid me a thousand. I think his idea was that I kill you. But you know, the pity is when I'm paid, I always follow my job through. You know that. [Angel Eyes shoots his boss]
  • Two people can dig a lot quicker than one. Dig.
  • Is this your family? Nice family.


  • Stevens: You're... from Baker... Tell Baker that I told him all that I know already. Tell him I want to live in peace, understand? That it's no use to go on tormenting me! I know nothing at all about that case of coins. Now that gold has disappeared, but if he'd listened, we could have avoided this altogether. I went to the Army court; there were no witnesses. They couldn't uncover any more. I can't tell Baker what happened to the money; go back and tell him that!
  • No-Legged Soldier: Hand me down a whiskey!
  • Union Captain: Whoever has the most liquor to get the soldiers drunk and send them to be slaughtered, is the winner.


[Approaching a column of grey-clad cavalry]
Tuco: (shouting) God's with us because he hates the Yanks too!
[Riding up to Blondie and Tuco, an officer pats the grey dust from his blue uniform.]
Blondie: God's not on our side because he hates idiots also.

Angel Eyes: Like a little music with your meal, Tuco?
Tuco: Music? Yeah, it's very good. It's very good for the digestion.

Tuco: The name of the cemetery is ... (hesitating) .. Sad Hill. Now it's your turn.
Blondie: The name on the grave is ... Arch Stanton.
Tuco: Arch Stanton? You sure?
Blondie: Yeah. Sure I'm sure.

Blondie: [Seeing blood on the floor] You're not going to give me the same treatment?
Angel Eyes: Would you talk?
Blondie: No... probably not.

Tuco: You pig! You wanted to get me killed. When d'ya unload it?
Blondie: Last night. You see in this world there's two kinds of people my friend - those with loaded guns, and those who dig. You dig.

[Angel Eyes prepares to board a stagecoach during Tuco's execution]
Woman on stagecoach: Glad they got him. A man guilty of all those crimes!
Angel Eyes: People with ropes around their necks don't always hang.
Woman on stagecoach: What do you mean?
Angel Eyes: Even a filthy beggar like that has a protecting angel.
[Angel Eyes looks around and catches sight of Blondie]
Angel Eyes: A golden-haired angel watches over him.

Blondie: You may run the risks, my friend, but I do the cutting. We cut down my percentage - uh, cigar? - liable to interfere with my aim.
Tuco: But if you miss you had better miss very well. Whoever double-crosses me and leaves me alive, he understands nothing about Tuco.

Tuco: [trying to read a note] "See you soon, id..." "id..." "ids..."
Blondie: [taking the note] "Idiots". It's for you.

Baker: Here, this is for you. You did a good job for me. [hands over a purse]
Angel Eyes: Oh I almost forgot. He paid me a thousand. I think his idea was that I kill you. [they both laugh] But you know the pity is when I'm paid, I always follow my job through. You know that.
Baker: Noo! Angel Eyes!

One Armed Man: I've been looking for you for 8 months. Whenever I should have had a gun in my right hand, I thought of you. Now I find you in exactly the position that suits me. I had lots of time to learn to shoot with my left.
[Tuco kills him with a hidden gun]
Tuco: When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk.

Blondie: [counting Angel Eyes' men] One, two, three, four, five, and six. Six, the perfect number.
Angel Eyes: I thought three was the perfect number.
Blondie: I've got six more bullets in my gun.

Tuco: I'll kill you.
Blondie: If you do that... you'll always be poor... just like the greasy rat you are.

Tuco: I'm innocent! I'm an honest farmer!
Sheriff: [shows Tuco the wanted poster] Come here, you! Just a simple farmer, eh? Who is this?
Tuco: Me?
Sheriff: Yeah, you.
Tuco: Who says so? You can't even read! [the Sheriff rolls up the poster] Go ahead, roll it up! I'll give a good idea where you can put it!

Tuco: [to Blondie] Get on that stool and put the rope around your neck. I have a different system, my friend; I don't shoot the rope, I shoot the legs from under the stool.
[Sound of distant rumbling]
Tuco: Even when Judas hanged himself there was thunder.
Blondie: That could be cannon fire.
Tuco: Thunder or cannon fire, it's all the same to you. Adios, Blondie.

Tuco: I'm very happy you are working with me! And we're together again. I get dressed, I kill him and be right back.
Blondie: Listen, I forgot to mention... He's not alone. There's five of 'em.
Tuco: Five?
Blondie: Yeah, five of 'em.
Tuco: So, that's why you came to Tuco. It doesn't matter, I'll kill them all.

Bounty Hunter #2: [three bounty hunters have cornered Tuco] No! No pistol, amigo! It won't do you any good!
Mexican Bounty Hunter: [holding a wanted poster] Hey, amigo! You know you have a face beautiful enough to be worth $2000?
Blondie: [from behind them] Yeah, but you don't look like the one who'll collect it.


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