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would you rather team up with Tuco and Blondie and why?

I found this link with a blank bio of Aldo Giuffre on it.   I thought it would be fun to see how much information you can find about him to insert in the blank spaces.   Since he was mentioned on another thread (Besides LVC, what other actors...), I thought I would continue it with this new topic regarding his bio.  Unfortunately, there's nothing on the site about him, so here's your chance to see what you can find out and then go there and fill in the blanks.   Knowing that he did play a great role in GBU, but isn't mentioned too often, I  thought that this would be a great thread about him - knock yourselves out - lol.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / How many towns...
« on: January 08, 2009, 12:10:49 AM »
are named/mentioned in the GBU?  The only one I can think of off the top of my head is Andersonville (AE confronts the commandante at the prison camp).  Places like Sad Hill Cemetery are excluded from this question because I'm only asking about names of towns.  If Andersonville IS the only named town in the whole movie, why weren't the other towns given names, such as the one that Tuco ends up in after his long walk across the desert and walks into a gunshop?   I'm just curious as to why SE didn't name the towns, unless it's because Blondie, Tuco and AE didn't stay long in any one place.   This is just a 'thought to ponder' question - lol. 

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / What was the instrument that Blondie...
« on: December 20, 2008, 12:06:26 AM »
was going to use to write with to put the name of the grave on the stone?   I'm not quite sure about this.  It's one of those easily-overlooked trivial things in the movie.    Considering ball point pens weren't around then, my guess would be that it's a sharp stone that he intended to use to etch the name with or his cigar ashes.   A quill pen wouldn't be any use, considering he doesn't carry ink with him and any ink already on the pen would be dried up due to the exposure to the air.  Can anyone fill me in on this?  Thanks. ;)

I was just curious as to what everyone thinks is the best line or most creative quote from the movie.    I know there are alot of choices, considering the length of the movie.   I like Blondie's line, "If you cut down on my percentage, it may interfere with my aim".   I also like the drunk Captain's line "Both sides reek with alcohol" (I think that's the exact wording - not sure - feel free to clarify this if you like).  Thanks in advance.

I know well that Blondie is the 'good' in the movie, but isn't what he did with Tuco, collecting the reward money, then shooting him down,  considered stealing?   He turned Tuco in for the reward money, then shot him down and took him to another town for more reward money ($3,000).   Isn't rather ironic that he's called the 'good' in the movie, but dishonestly collects the reward money?   Your thoughts?

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / GBU soundtrack on vinyl - anyone else...
« on: October 11, 2008, 06:56:49 PM »
have this?   I went to a flea market today and saw it in the front of a pile of other vinyl record albums.  I walked up to it and grabbed it, of course.  The plastic is still covering the sleeve and the record itself is in excellent condition!  Even the original price tag is still on it - from a store called 'Korvettes', if anyone remembers that store (I've heard of it, but never been in one or seen one).   I couldnt' believe the price - only $2.00!   I was wondering if anyone else has this??  BTW, it IS Ennio Morricone's music - NOT a 'tribute' or 'remake' album.   The list of music on it, beside the main title song is: The Sundown, The Strong, The Desert, The Carriage of the Spirits, Marcia, The Story of a Soldier, Marcia Without Hope, The Death of a Soldier, The Ecstasy of Gold, and The Trio.   The music company is United Artists.  Does anyone else have this and/or know how much it may be worth?   Just curious 'cause, being a GBU fan, I CERTAINLY was NOT going to let this bargain slip by me - lol.   Btw, the artwork on the front of the sleeve is excellent.  I'm not sure of the artist, but it's fantastic!  If you know anything regarding who the artist of the cover is, feel free to jump in and add your two sense - lol - thanks! ;)

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / A question about Maria
« on: September 22, 2008, 08:34:19 PM »
This has baffled me a bit, as many times as I've seen the movie.   When 'Half Soldier' tells AE about Maria, referring to her as "a fresh new whore in town", why does he call her that if she's 'new' to the town?   He doesn't even know her personally, so how would he know unless he's just going by what someone else told him or what he's heard from the grapevine in town?  She's riding with a bunch of drunks in the wagon and, as they drop her off at her place, she looks at them with sheer anger on her face and says, "You filthy rats!"  If she was a 'whore', why did she despise being with those men?  Wouldn't she enjoy the company of those men rather than showing contempt toward them?  Also, she was obviously involved with Jackson/Carson because she called out his name as she was walking to her room when AE spoke her name.   If she didn't want to get involved with one man (as even women today that are prostitutes don't stick with one man), then why did she get involved with Jackson/Carson?  Wouldn't she just go from guy to guy, as 'whores' usually do?   That's a bit puzzling to me, though I know it's not a very significant part of the movie, considering AE just goes to her for information about Jackson/Carson.

What are your thoughts on this?   

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / GBU movie sets - 2 questions
« on: September 19, 2008, 11:25:45 PM »
What GBU movie sets still exist today that are now tourist attractions?

If Sad Hill was just a movie set, couldn't they have at least left it after  the film was done being shot?  If not, how come?  I'm not familiar with Spanish laws (if they affected Sad Hill Cemetary remaining as a tourist attraction), so feel free to fill me in.  I think it would have been fantastic if they had been able to leave it alone after the movie was done being filmed, considering it was the backdrop to the biggest climax in the movie!  What are your thoughts on these two questions?   ;)

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Did Stevens have any idea that...
« on: September 13, 2008, 10:03:57 PM »
he was going to get shot and killed by AE, even after giving AE the thousand bucks worth of gold to kill Baker?  If so, then it seems to me that, even having an idea that AE was going to shoot him anyway, he was still willing to give AE the money to kill Baker.   The thing is, if Stevens had an idea that AE was going to kill him anyway, what benefit is there to Stevens if he's dead?   That kinda confused me a bit there - thanks for the insight!   ;)

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / A remake of GBU: would you go see it if...
« on: September 10, 2008, 11:58:16 PM »
there was going to be a new version of the movie - same storyline, but just different actors?   I know this may be a very dumb question, but I thought I'd ask and see what everyone's opinion is about it.  It's only a hypothetical question, of course, but just want to get some opinions and reactions to the idea - thanks.

I personally would flat out refuse to go see a remake, considering no director alive today could EVER top Leone's film nor could any actors alive today top the performances of Clint, Eli, Lee, Mario, and the rest of the cast.    If you were a director and were approached with the idea of a remake, though, who would you have as Tuco, AE, Blondie, Wallace, the drunk Captain, Maria, Stevens, Baker, etc.?   I haven't given it much thought yet as to who I would have play those roles if I were a director and asked to do such a film.  I strongly doubt, though, that a remake today would get decent reviews.  Most everyone would agree that Leone's film is and always will be the best one - hands down.  :D   

Again, this is just a hypothetical question - that's all.  :D   

I don't know if this question has been asked before, but here it goes:  Does anyone know why the actors in the orchestra at the prison camp have not been listed on the GBU credits?  There's no mention of them on the IMBD site.  Just curious because the camera focuses on them on and off through the whole scene of Tuco getting beaten.   

My second question in relation to the orchestra is, why does the camera zoom in on the fiddle player - the one that stops playing in the middle of the song - what was the reason he stopped playing the fiddle?  Here's my guess so you can say whether or not I'm right on this.  The only thing I can see in that scene when he stops (and even shortly before he does) is that he's looking through the window and knows what is going on inside; he can see Tuco getting beaten and, when Tuco is thrown a hefty punch by Wallace, he gets thrown back against the wall by the force of the punch.  The fiddle player sees this and it was too shocking or disturbing for him to continue playing. It also appears as if he's shedding a few tears because of the brutality that Tuco is going through.  I take it, the fiddle player is familiar with the 'routine' of prisoners getting beaten and tortured in that building.  What's your take on this scene?  It has grabbed my curiosity, so I thought I'd post this to see what everyone else believes, thinks or knows about this scene.  Thanks!   ;)

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Did Tuco know 'Shorty'?
« on: August 31, 2008, 11:32:14 PM »
In the scene where Tuco finds Blondie about to shoot down another bandit, he grabs Blondie's gun.  Blondie looks at the guy about to be hanged and asks Tuco if that's 'Shorty'.   Tuco looks, then turns to Blondie and says "No".   How does he know if it's Shorty or not?  I've often wondered this.  Perhaps Tuco met up with him somewhere or they were in the same jail together perhaps?  Or did Tuco just tell Blondie that to be 'smart' and 'snide'?   Just curious.  Thanks in advance for shedding some light on this.   ;)

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / What's your favorite scene in GBU?
« on: August 29, 2008, 09:17:45 PM »
I know this may be a bit difficult to answer, considering the entire movie was superb, but I'm just wondering what your favorite scene is in the movie.  Feel free to post more than one fave if you like - I know how hard it is to choose - lol.    ;)

are no longer with us?  I've always pondered this.  I checked the IMBD site, but unless I'm missing something, I didn't get much info from there.   Of course, not many actors in the movie (i.e. Mario Brega) outside of LVC, Clint and Eli are well-known here in the US, but still great actors nonetheless.  Leone couldn't have chosen anyone better to play the other roles (Wallace, Mulloch, the wounded captain at Branson Bridge, etc.)  Just wondering how many have left us since the movie was made.   I don't mean to sound morbid or anything of the sort - just asking out of curiosity.  Thanks in advance! 

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