With ''3:10 to Yuma'' riding into town next week, it's a good time to honor the best of the West -- from Clint Eastwood in ''The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly'' to John Wayne in ''The Searchers'' to Gary Cooper in ''High Noon''
THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY (1967)
Clint Eastwood's third and final collaboration with spaghetti-Western maestro Sergio Leone brings The Man With No Name trilogy to a baroque close. Everything here is epic: Clint's poncho and squint; Ennio Morricone's score; and the film's three-hour running time. Leone wasn't easily restrained, and after the success of A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More, he was given a free hand to make this three-way hunt for Civil War gold as bloody and mythic as he wanted. And thank goodness for that. With the snake-eyed Lee Van Cleef as ''The Bad'' and the fabulous Eli Wallach as ''The Ugly.''
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