"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" Trivia Quiz

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Ride along with three unsavory characters seeking hidden Confederate gold while the Civil War rages in the background. This Spaghetti Western has it all: scenic landscapes, uneasy alliances and intense gunfights.

Who played Tuco Ramírez?

Originally, Sergio Leone was looking to cast Gian Maria Volontè in the role of Tuco--the somewhat bumbling but also resourceful and conniving bandit--but he decided that he instead wanted someone with very strong comedic timing. During filming, Leone and Wallach became good friends, and the character of Tuco is the only one to have his backstory elaborated on, while Eastwood and Van Cleef's character's retain an air of mystery.

Who played the character known as "Angel Eyes"?

Lee Van Cleef had previously worked with both Leone and Eastwood in "For a Few Dollars More", where he played Douglas Mortimer, an older, more experienced bounty hunter who teamed up with Eastwood's character. Sergio Leone frequently re-hired actors to play different characters in each "Dollars" movie.

Tuco is without a doubt a very clever, resourceful character. What skill does he not have?

Several times in the movie, Tuco struggles to read. This is not treated as a mark against the character's intelligence, as he's shown to be extremely sharp in other areas, but rather a way of demonstrating the education and options he had.

The film was the third collaboration between Leone and Clint Eastwood, and the second with Lee Van Cleef. What are the names of the two other movies?

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was marketed as the third and final installment in the Dollars Trilogy, following A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More. The film was a financial success, grossing over $25 million at the box office. Because of general disapproval of the Spaghetti Western genre at the time, critical reception of the film following its release was mixed, but it gained critical acclaim in later years. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is now seen as a highly influential example of the Western film genre and one of the greatest films of all time.

What war is going on during the story?

This story was told during the Civil War (specifically the New Mexico Campaign in 1862). Tuco and Blondie travel to Sad Hill, now held by Confederate troops on one side of a strategic bridge against the advancing Union troops. Blondie decides to destroy the bridge to disperse the two armies to allow access to the cemetery. Both Tuco and Blondie wire the bridge with explosives.

Which of these sets had to be built?

The movie required elaborate sets, including a town under cannon fire, an extensive prison camp and a Civil War battlefield. For the climax, several hundred Spanish soldiers were employed to build a cemetery with several thousand grave stones to resemble an ancient Roman circus.

Who is Tuco talking to? "When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk. Don't stand around trying to talk him to death."

In the first scene of the movie Tuco shoots two bounty hunters and wounds a third by shooting him in the arm. This one -armed man then confronts Tuco while he is taking a bubble bath with a long speech :“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.” Then Tuco kills him with the gun he has hidden in the foam and tells him to shoot, not talk. Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef) observed, "Tuco is the only one of the trio the audience gets to know all about. We meet his brother and find out where he came from and why he became a bandit. But Clint's character and Angel's remain mysteries."

Who says [referring to Tuco], "Even a filthy beggar like that has got a protecting angel. A golden-haired angel watches over him" ?

Angel Eyes had five men with him to help unearth the gold. In the original working script, Angel Eyes was named "Banjo", but is referred to as "Sentenza" (meaning "Sentence" or "Judgement") in the Italian version. Clint Eastwood came up with the name Angel Eyes on the set, for his gaunt appearance and expert marksmanship.

When Angel Eyes (disguised as a Union sergeant) is berated by the camp commandant about his treatment of Confederate prisoners, he sarcastically asks the commandant if Union soldiers are treated any better in Andersonville? What is Angel Eyes referring to?

The Union prison camp "Battleville" was inspired by the actual Confederate prison camp of Andersonville, where thousands of Union prisoners died. Sergio Leone, who contributed to the screen play as well as directed the movie, built upon the screenwriter's original concept to "show the absurdity of war ... the Civil War which the characters’ encounter. “In my frame of reference, it is useless that 120,000 people died in Southern camps such as Andersonville. I was not ignorant of the fact that there were camps in the North. You always get to hear about the shameful behavior of the losers, never the winners.”

Which character is the “Bad” in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly?

Angel Eyes is played by Lee Van Cleef as a ruthless, unfeeling, and sociopathic mercenary who always finishes a job he is paid for (which is usually finding—and killing—people). He becomes a Union sergeant and is known for torturing and stealing from prisoners. He tortures them while the other prisoners play music to cover the sound of any screaming.

Who says this? "You never had a rope around your neck. Well, I'm going to tell you something. When that rope starts to pull tight, you can feel the Devil bite your ass.”

In the movie, Eli Wallach, (Tuco) was either at the end of a rope or facing a gun. Sergio Leone, the Director, combined the two. He said that Tuco would carry his pistol on a lanyard. The Director asked Wallach to grasp the gun by swirling his neck, thus making the gun land in his hand. Wallach claimed that he wasn't able to do the intended action, and asked Leone to demonstrate it. When Leone tried, the pistol missed the director's hand and hit his crotch. Leone then told Wallach to hold the gun in the belt.

Who said this? “Two hundred thousand dollars is a lot of money. We're gonna have to earn it.”

Blondie says this line prior to one of the most high-tension scenes in the movie. The film is known for Leone's use of long shots and close-up cinematography, as well as his distinctive use of violence, tension, and stylistic gunfights. Blondie, Angel Eyes and Tuco are waiting to see who will pull the trigger first. The trio stare each other down. Everyone draws, and Blondie shoots and kills Angel Eyes, while Tuco discovers that his own gun was unloaded by Blondie the night before.

How did Tuco break the chain that handcuffed him to the prison guard, Corporal Wallace?

For the scene in which Tuco escapes Union captivity by cutting his chain and handcuffs under a moving train, director Sergio Leone wanted to make sure the audience saw Wallach himself, and not a stuntman, lying beside the train as it sped by. Wallach agreed, then realized after the first take that a metal step affixed to one of the cars had missed his head by inches. “I realized that if I had raised my head four or five inches I’d be decapitated,” Wallach said.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was re-evaluated by the critics and has earned many accolades including which of these?

The movie is listed in Time's "100 Greatest movies of the last century" as selected by critics Richard Corliss and Richard Schickel. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 97% percent of film critics gave the film positive reviews. Empire magazine added The Good, the Bad and the Ugly to their Masterpiece collection in the September 2007 issue, and in their poll of "The 500 Greatest Movies", The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was voted in at number 25. In 2014, Time Out polled several film critics, directors, actors and stunt actors to list their top action films. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly placed 52nd on their list.

Who said this, “Hey Blondie, do you know what you are? A dirty son of a bitch.”

This is the last line in the movie. Although it could have been said at any time throughout the movie as Tuco and Blondie didn’t have the best relationship. Both of them were either trying to hang each other or kill each other in the desert. But Eli Wallach, his troubles were off screen as well. During the film’s climax, when Tuco unearths the gold hidden in the cemetery, the crew applied acid to one of the bags of gold, so that when Wallach hit it with his shovel it was guaranteed to split open on cue. What the crew didn’t tell Wallach was that they were keeping the acid in a bottle that once held a brand of lemon soda that he enjoyed. Wallach saw the bottle and, thinking it was his favorite drink, took a sip. Luckily, he realized his mistake before it was too late. However, he drank a lot of milk and filmed the scene with a mouth full of sores.

On what did Blondie write the name of the grave which contained the buried gold coins?

Blondie writes the name of the grave on the rock and places it equidistant from the three of them. This scene depicts the iconic Mexican standoff, with Tuco on the left, Angel Eyes in the middle, and Blondie on the right. The scene is accompanied by Ennio Morricone's "The Trio".

What could be said of the theme song to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly?

The main theme song titled "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" was a hit in 1968 with the soundtrack album on the charts for more than a year, reaching No. 4 on the Billboard pop album chart and No. 10 on the black album chart. The main theme was also a hit for Hugo Montenegro, whose rendition reached number two in the pop single Billboard in 1968.

Which character is the “Ugly” in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly?

Eli Wallach portrays Tuco Benedicto Pacífico Juan María Ramírez, who is also known as "The Rat" according to Blondie. The Ugly, is a comical, oafish (though very dangerous, cagey and resilient), fast-talking Mexican bandit wanted by the authorities for a long list of crimes. Blondie and Tuco come up with a scheme where Blondie turns Tuco into the authorities, then helps him escape by shooting the rope of the noose before Tuco is hanged. The two split the reward money.

Who said this? [appearing beside Tuco] “Were you gonna die alone?”

Blonde is with Angel Eyes and the five other gun slingers when he hears Tuco’s gun go off. He says, “Every gun makes its own tune.” Blondie finds Tuco who he then asks for help in killing Angel Eyes and his cronies. As Tuco walks through town to find them, Blondie shows up and says the line and the two of them kill all but Angel Eyes who slips away.

Who said this? [to his surgeon] "Can you help me live a little more? I expect good news."

Captain Clinton is a drunken Union officer who befriends Tuco and Blondie. He feels that the bloody confrontation his men are involved in is a futile waste, and dreams of destroying Branston Bridge—a wish carried out by Blondie and Tuco. Mortally wounded in the ensuing battle, he dies smiling just after hearing the bridge's destruction. Aldo Giuffrè who portrays Captain Clinton was an Italian film actor and comedian who appeared in over 90 films between 1948 and 2001.

Who says this to Tuco? “You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.”

Blondie says it to Tuco as Tuco is trying to find the gold hidden at the cemetery. Sad Hill Cemetery was a very convincing set piece constructed by the pyrotechnic crew, and not a real cemetery. Today the site is marked as a local point of interest. Though the central stone "proscenium" and parapet are gone, the circles of grave mounds are still quite prominent.

The first time we see Tuco, he crashes through a window in the midst of having a meal. What happened?

At the beginning of the movie, we see three Bounty Hunters go after Tuco. He not only escapes death by crashing through a window, but my killing two and wounding the third. The Director, Sergio, originally considered Gian Maria Volontè for the role of Tuco, but felt that the role required someone with "natural comic talent". In the end, Leone chose Eli Wallach, based on his role in How the West Was Won.

Who said this? “Even when Judas hanged himself there was a storm, too.”

During a scene where Tuco comes through a window of Blondie’s room and tells him to put a noose around his neck, the sounds of thunder can be heard. That’s when Tuco utters this line. But actually, the town is being bombed by the Yankees, and an explosion that hits the hotel allows Blondie to escape. Although it was a close call for Blondie, Tuco has more brushes with death in the movie. For the scene in which Tuco is about to be hanged while sitting atop a horse, Blondie was supposed to fire a rifle at the rope, breaking it, so Tuco could run free. To portray this while filming, a small explosive charge in the rope would then detonate, thus freeing Wallach. What the Director didn’t count on was that the horse would be spooked by the sound of the rifle, and take off at a dead gallop with Wallach on its back, his hands still tied. “It took me a mile before that horse stopped,” Wallach recalled.

What was the initial reception of The Good, The Bad and the Ugly?

Upon release, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly received criticism for its depiction of violence. In a negative review in The New York Times, critic Renata Adler said that the film "must be the most expensive, pious and repellent movie in the history of its peculiar genre." Many reviewers at that time looked down on Spaghetti Westerns. Roger Ebert, who later included the film in his list of Great Movies, retrospectively noted that in his original review he had "described a four-star movie, but only gave it three stars, perhaps because it was a 'Spaghetti Western' and so could not be art". The fans knew they liked it. On a budget of 1.2 million dollars it earned 25.1 million dollars at the box office.

Which character is the “Good” in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly?

Blondie, played by Client Eastwood (a.k.a. The Man with No Name) is a subdued, cocksure bounty hunter who teams with Tuco, and Angel Eyes temporarily, to find a cache of Confederate gold. Why is he good? He has more of a heart than the other two. This can be seen in Blondie's pity for the dying soldiers in the chaotic carnage of the War. "I've never seen so many men wasted so badly," he remarks. He also comforts a dying soldier by laying his coat over him and letting him smoke his cigarillo.

Who says this? [To Corporal Wallace] "I like big fat men like you. When they fall they make more noise. And sometimes they never get up.”

Although Tuco looked like he know what he was doing in fight scenes and when shooting guns, in the gun store, everything Eli Wallach does with the guns is completely unscripted. Wallach knew little about guns, so he was instructed to do whatever he wanted. Most of Enzo Petito's bemused reactions throughout the scene are genuine. The scene where Tuco shoves the open/closed sign in his mouth was also Wallach's idea.

Who said this to Tuco? “How’s your digestion now?”

Angel Eyes, now a disguised Union sergeant at the prison camp, invites Tuco to his quarters for a meal, which Tuco heartily eats. Angel Eyes wants Tuco to reveal what Ben Carson said to Tuco before he died. Specifically, about where he hid the gold. Angel Eyes has Colonel Wallace torture Tuco to get the information. That is when Angel Eyes sarcastically asks about Tuco’s digestion. Charles Bronson was supposed to play Angel Eyes, but he was in England filming The Dirty Dozen. Henry Fonda and Lee Marvin were also considered.

How did Leone, the Director, heighten the drama of the gunfights?

Leone also incorporated music to heighten the tension and pressure before and during the film's many gunfights. In filming the pivotal gunfights, Leone largely removes dialogue to enhance the focus on the actions of the characters, which was important during the film's iconic Mexican standoff.

The composition of the score contained what?

The score is composed by frequent Leone collaborator Ennio Morricone, whose distinctive original compositions, containing gunfire, whistling (by John O'Neill), and yodeling permeate the film. The main theme, resembling the howling of a coyote (which blends in with an actual coyote howl in the first shot after the opening credits), is a two-note melody that is a frequent motif, and is used for the three main characters

Who is Maria talking to? Maria: “Is that you Bill? Bill!” [She runs into a dark room and is grabbed by the arm] Maria: “Who are you? What do you want with me?” “Go on talking about Bill Carson.”

In the scene where Angel Eyes interrogates Maria the prostitute for information about Bill Carson, Lee Van Cleef was appalled by the fact that he was required to actually hit Maria (played by Rada Rassimov), complaining "I can't hit a woman." Rassimov replied with, "Don't worry. I'm an actress. Even if you slap me for real, it's no problem," but Van Cleef further stated, "I know, but I can't!" As a result, a stunt double was used for shots where Rassimov was slapped, which were intercut with shots of Van Cleef himself. As he later put it: "There are very few principles I have in life . . . one of them is I don't kick dogs, and the other one is I don't slap women in movies".

What type of revolver does Blondie carry?

The following guns are used in this movie. Blondie uses: a Colt 1851 cartridge conversion revolver (with silver snake grips), AND a Winchester 1866 "yellow boy" with ladder elevated sights. Tuco uses a Colt 1851 Navy cartridge conversion revolver with a lanyard. Angel Eyes uses a Remington 1858 Army percussion revolver. And finally the soldiers used Gatling guns with drum magazines, and Howitzer cannons.

Who played the Man With No Name, called "Blondie" in the movie?

In his third outing as The Man With No Name (the first being "A Fistful of Dollars" in 1964 and the second being "For a Few Dollars More" in 1965), Eastwood once again took on the role of the subdued, mysterious bounty hunter. His real name and backstory are never revealed, but Tuco calls him "Blondie". Although The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly was the third movie made and is considered part of the Dollars trilogy, it is considered to be a prequel to the other two movies, as Blondie acquires the articles of clothing he wears in the other two movies.

In the score, each character had an instrument that accompanied them. What instrument was associated with Blondie?

A different instrument was used for each character: flute for Blondie, ocarina for Angel Eyes and human voices for Tuco. (The ocarina is an ancient wind musical instrument—a type of vessel flute. Variations exist, but a typical ocarina is an enclosed space with four to twelve finger holes and a mouthpiece that projects from the body.) The score complements the film's American Civil War setting, containing the mournful ballad, "The Story of a Soldier", which is sung by prisoners as Tuco is being tortured while under the care of Angel Eyes.

Who says this? “After a meal. There’s nothing like a good cigar.”

After Blondie learns that the Catholic Friar is Tuco’s brother and that they had a big fight. He agrees with Tuco as to how he sees his life and offers his cigarillo as a show of camaraderie. Eastwood’s “Man With No Name” character is easily identified by the little cigarillos he’s almost constantly smoking. Unfortunately for Eastwood, he didn’t really have a taste for them, and Director Sergio Leone was a fan of multiple takes. So Eastwood had to smoke quite a bit, and sometimes he felt so bad that he had to lay down an ultimatum. According to Wallach, Eastwood would sometimes tell the Director: “You’d better get it this time, because I’m going to throw up.”

Who named "Angel Eyes" on set?

Although Blondie (Clint Eastwood) is labeled "the good" in the film, he actually kills 11 people during the course of the movie, which is more than Tuco (Eli Wallach) and Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef) combined. Tuco, "the ugly", kills six people while Angel Eyes, "the bad", has the lowest body count with three.

What is the Italian title of the movie?

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly has an Italian title of Il buono, il brutto, il,cattivo. It literally translates a little bit differently than the English title as "The Good, the Ugly, the Bad". This 1967 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film is directed by Sergio Leone.

How did Clint Eastwood get along with director Sergio Leone?

By the spring of 1966, Sergio Leone had made two films with Eastwood, one film with Van Cleef, and was about to make a third film along with another American actor: Eli Wallach. Despite this, Leone did not speak English and relied on an interpreter. Wallach, however, was able to communicate with Leone in French, in which the director was fluent.

What year was the movie shown in the U.S.?

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was released 29 December 1967 in the U.S. Which was 12 months after its release in Italy.

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