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« on: July 29, 2006, 08:13:35 AM »

In the last scene of "For a Few Dollars More", Colonel Mortimer gives all the reward money away.  As he turns to ride off, he performs a classic, Newmanesque, nose rub.  Did Sergio Leone write this into the script or did Van Cleef just throw it in on his own?  And for the bonus question; were the writers of "The Sting" Sergio Leone fans?

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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2006, 11:21:28 AM »

  I've always noticed that, Carl, and welcome to the boards!  He also does that thing where he briefly rubs his ear after he gave Manco all the reward money.  It's always reminded me of Ethan Edwards in The Searchers where he grabs his arm at the end.  I wonder if LVC's move had some significance or was it just something to add texture to the scene.

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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2006, 12:59:17 PM »

  I've always noticed that, Carl, and welcome to the boards!  He also does that thing where he briefly rubs his ear after he gave Manco all the reward money.  It's always reminded me of Ethan Edwards in The Searchers where he grabs his arm at the end.  I wonder if LVC's move had some significance or was it just something to add texture to the scene.

I remember the ear rub but not the nose rub. When exactly does that happen?

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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2006, 03:08:25 PM »

I remember the ear rub too. "Maybe next time"


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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2006, 04:21:14 PM »

Just watched it again, there's definately no nose rub only an ear rub.......

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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2006, 04:29:15 PM »

Just watched it again, there's definately no nose rub only an ear rub.......

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That's what I thought.

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« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2006, 06:33:06 PM »

Maybe I'm wrong, but my guess (and it's just a guess) is that Leone showed van Cleef how he wanted him to rub his ear, how to rub his fingers together in GBU ("a tidy sum").  Those little gestures add a lot.

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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2006, 12:30:31 AM »

how to rub his fingers together in GBU ("a tidy sum").  Those little gestures add a lot.

i do that same hand gesture whenever I'm eating with my hands.

It has been imprinted into to me for years now.

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