In The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly (1966), the immoral Tuco crosses himself when he realizes he is at a graveyard, the same graveyard he is going to for the soul reason to defile a grave. Just an amazing character detail. Tuco sees himself as a righteous and spiritual, when he is an immoral coward.

  1. And Blondie knows he's full of crap, but pretends to believe him and offers him his cigar. Tuco's reaction is some perfect acting.

  2. Say what you will, Eli Wallach is the star of this movie. Not Eastwood. His character, his performance is iconic. All the great lines in the movie, not Blondie's, but Tuco's.

  3. Yeah, I agree, Tuco is the most complete, fully realized character, he just has this great richness. The last hour of the movie is the best, imo. Hard to believe Eli Wallach was in his late 40s, I believe, when he did this role! Edit: He was 51 when this came out.

  4. Tuco is amoral but he’s not a coward. He goes after everyone who double crosses him. He’s greedy for sure and that’s why he ends up digging and standing on the cross at the end. Also, he was most likely Catholic so that’s why he crosses himself at the graveyard.

  5. Imagine if the scene did not have a score at all. It turned just some homeless looking cowboy running in circles in a graveyard to one of the most epic and climactic scenes in film history

  6. What does Tuco do that is cowardly? I agree he is immoral, like everyone else in the movie, but I don't recall any cowardice.

  7. Right? The One time you take your gun to the bubble bath and shoot a guy and people call you a coward

  8. That ending with him on the cross was so suspenseful, that when I watched it for the first time I legitimately started crying. This movie was incredible for its character development.

  9. Tuco is not a coward but he is amoral though. He was also accused of raping, robbing, killing, and a whole bunch of other crimes. That’s why there was a bounty on his head. He knew right from wrong but he didn’t care so he kept committing crimes. All (Tuco, Blondie and Angel Eyes) of them are amoral, to different degrees. Blondie is the “Good” in comparison to the other two. And vice versa for Angel Eyes (the “Bad”). Tuco is a very complex character and that’s why you root for him. You want him to get his share of the gold but also get a little comeuppance (for double-crossing Blondie) at the end. It’s a great movie.

  10. One of the best scenes in film history. Absolutely iconic cinematography and music. So innovative on multiple fronts.

  11. He is a superstitious coward, but I think he's too self-aware to consider himself righteous. The anxiety and discomfort in conversations his brother are excruciating and show how much Tuco realizes exactly what he is and how much he probably hates himself.

  12. There are two kinds of people, my friend. Those who come in by the door—makes sign of the cross—and those who come in by the window.

  13. “Your enemy is never a villain in his own eyes. Keep this in mind; it may offer a way to make him your friend. If not, you can kill him without hate — and quickly.” - Robert Heinlein

  14. The first time I actually thought about this concept was in the second Eragon book. There was some philosophy about evil and morality and it's asked whether or not Eragon thinks the villain of the series thinks of himself to be evil or not, and it goes on to describe the logic behind the villain and how the evils he creates are possibly for a good cause in his head that's warped and perverted so that his methods are what we consider evil, but he considers necessary.

  15. I just watched this movie two days ago, and fell in love with it, then i watched django unchained yesterday, and it was such a good movie as well, does anyone have any recommendations for any other wild west movies?

  16. There’s the other two movie in the “dollars” trio, fist full of dollars and For a Few Dollars More, both are good. But my pick is Once Upon a Time in the West. It’s either that movie, or The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as my top western.

  17. The remake of True Grit with Hailee Steinfeild, Jeff Bridges, and Matt Damon was excellent imo. Also enjoyed The Ballad of Buster Scruggs on NETFLIX. The Revenant is outstanding.

  18. Man, so many mad props that English is not your first language and you did so awesome with this post. I can’t speak a second language for crap. Just one hot tip, you meant to use “sole” and not “soul .” Homophones in English are the worst.

  19. Back than characters had a story arc and purpose. Now we are stuck with F9, MiB international, Captain Marvel and Avatar. Not to mention the useless remakes.

  20. I feel there are a lot of nasty people out there who wear the cross. A lot of people in gangs and narcos doing vile things yet they believe themselves pious.

  21. I was fully expecting there to be no grave, and then for the grave to be empty. Just the theme of greed and getting your comeuppance throughout the movie makes me think that could have been a better scene, but that standoff at the end makes it worth it. But still, while Tuco lives, I don't think he's going to redeem himself.

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