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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: The name "Tuco"
« on: September 23, 2011, 03:10:06 AM »
I tend to believe Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez is an amalgamation of all his pseudonyms. Benediction, Pacific, Juan, Maria - all these tend to be the allusions to his self-proclaimed gentlemanly nature in different counties. Remember, he says "not one, but lots of them" when his brother asks about his wife?   :P

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Tuco's literacy
« on: September 23, 2011, 03:00:32 AM »
Even the "unk.. unk.. there's no name on it!" too. Tuco might not have been as literate, but at least he's street smart. He could have known 'Arch Stanton' starts with an 'A', and the grave must be freshly dug relative to the others.

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Why didn't Tuco kill Blondie?
« on: September 22, 2011, 11:46:36 PM »
On a lighter note as to why Blondie wants to split the money: After Blondie shoots Tuco's rope for the second time and they flee 70 miles into the desert, he says ".... 'cause I don't think you'll ever be worth more than $3000" - which seems to suggest Blondie has some heuristic measure of financial planning. Perhaps he thinks his share of $ 100,000 would be more than enough for him to lead a good life, unless he is obscenely prodigal. And carrying all $ 200,000 during the Civil War is too much of a risk.   ;)

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Why didn't Tuco kill Blondie?
« on: September 22, 2011, 11:34:19 PM »
I just watched the 3-way shootout at Sadhill again. Tuco was emptying his gun at AE/Sentenza. Perhaps Blondie noticed this and therefore split the loot with him?

Thanks for bringing this in. To bring in a touch of math, this is the perfect state of Nash Equilibrium. In this case Tuco is making the best decision that he can, mindful of the decisions of Blondie and Angel Eyes. Here, Tuco having spent enough time with Blondie clearly knows he is a rational thinker and would not renege on the booty-split pact. The only logical way out is to eliminate the latter. Blondie would have similar thoughts, perchance. Blondie evesdropping on the Ramirez brothers' conversation must have revealed the gentle side of Tuco. In any case, when the duo regrouped - it's quite clear the two men have some respect towards each other that even they failed to realize.

The only concern Blondie would have is to take care of Tuco's greed, not Tuco per se.

His noticing Tuco not aiming at him would not have perhaps been a reason for Blondie to split the treasure - he would have anyhow wanted to give him his share, the only assumption would be if he were alive at the end of the truel. And Blondie pretty well knows he won't be the one who would kill him.

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Why didn't Tuco kill Blondie?
« on: September 21, 2011, 06:00:13 AM »
Just a passing thought, why did Blondie initiate the canon duel in the first place? Is it because he knows that the cemetery was on the other side, but difficult to find out without a horse (which Tuco rode away)? Or just to teach him a lesson? In either case, Blondie would leave the greedy Tuco the asinine task of finding the treasure for him.

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Why didn't Tuco kill Blondie?
« on: September 19, 2011, 05:15:20 AM »
Over the course of the film, Tuco's character comes across as someone who is as oafish as dangerous he can be. He had two instances previously to kill Blondie - hanging in the hotel and shooting in the desert - both interrupted miraculously. If he had no qualms of killing Blondie just for revenge, his avarice can as well lead him to go on to kill him (while tending to the soldier) which would make him have the entire booty.

Blondie wanted to teach him a lesson by deliberately firing the canon shot near him, but not at him. This might have led Tuco believe Blondie was going to kill him and therefore retaliate. But it seems equally incredulous that after the (deleted) canon fire exchange, he (forgets all this? and) simply throws away the map and goes on to search for Stanton's grave - despite having a belligerent Blondie after him.

I'm sorry if this is too trivial a discussion, but don't shoot me down for this!

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Why didn't Tuco kill Blondie?
« on: September 19, 2011, 04:02:13 AM »
But the canon duel was initiated by Blondie, evident as his canon shot dehorses Tuco. I guess Tuco then fires the shots in retaliation. If Tuco had to kill him, he could have used his gun (which he is adept at handling) rather than resort to heavy ammunition. Moreover, you can see Tuco's emotions when Blondie spotted the soldier - clandestinely skedaddling from the scene to find the fortune by himself - his intent seemingly innocuous.

Probably if he did use his gun, he would have known it's empty - which would mean we wouldn't have the famous truel.  ::)

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Why didn't Tuco kill Blondie?
« on: September 18, 2011, 07:22:01 AM »
Hello friends, am new to the forum. Don't know if the question has already been posed, but this is it: After Tuco and Blondie barter their half of the secret, why didn't Tuco kill Blondie afterwards? Going by his goofy nature, he would have believed Blondie must've told him the truth and killed him. There were two main opportunities - while crossing the river and while Blondie was tending to the dying Confederate soldier. This has always perplexed me. ???

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