Eli Wallach is Clint's sidekick and they are looking for stashed gold. But so is Lee Van Cleef, a true villain who kills everyone with whom he comes in contact. This story takes place during the Civil War. But the long running goal of all three men is the gold that is buried in a cemetery "out in the West." Eli Wallach's character is a slippery character who has hidden the gold and is trying to find it without sharing it with his partner, Eastwood, before Van Cleef does.
This is a very long movie. The movie takes you from the Southwestern Desert of the United States to the South for the Civil War battle scenes and to a Civil War prison run by the Confederates. Back they go to the desert where Wallach finally digs up the gold from a grave.
The review of this Movie prepared by kerry bulls
In the American Southwest, temporary partners "Blondie" (Eastwood, playing the tall thin Man With No Name, aka "The Good") and Tuco (Wallach, a cowardly, greedy wanted man aka "The Ugly") have a great con going: Blondie repeatedly hauls Tuco in to the law, collects the reward money, then helps the outlaw escape just as he's about to be hung and splits the money with him. One day Blondie tires of the con and abandons Tuco in the desert, and an enraged Tuco vows revenge. The two of them inevitably cross trails again but while Tuco is punishing his old friend, they learn of a treasure in gold coins hidden by the dying man who tells them about it. Each has half of the key -- Tuco knows the location of the cemetery, Blondie the name on the grave where the gold is buried -- so they're tied together again. Briefly taken for Confederate soldiers and jailed in a Union Army prison camp, they run across another familiar face, the contract killer Angel Eyes (Van Cleef, "The Bad"), who is temporarily moonlighting as a Union Army officer and prison official and also wants to track down the treasure with his gang. The stage is set for a terrific showdown. Not even the Civil War as carried on in distant Texas makes more than a brief interruption in their greedy quest. This 1966 film, the final in a trilogy by writer-director Sergio Leone, actually precedes the other two ("A Fistful of Dollars" and "For a Few Dollars More") in time sequence. The trio made a superstar of Eastwood, though Wallach and Van Cleef are equally powerful presences in this oddly paced, eccentric, and by turns extremely violent and funny movie.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus
During the Closing Months of the Civil War, Blondie (Clint Eastwood)and Tuco (Eli Wallach) are partners in a risky money making scheme. Blondie turns Tuco in for the bounty which is currently out on his head, and then shoots the rope, just before he is hung, and they make off with the money. Eventually, Blondie grows tired, and doubts the future of this business, so he abandons Tuco in the middle of the desert, and finds another partner. However, Tuco survives, and finds Blondie. Tuco eventually wins, and forces Blondie to walk the desert, just as he did. However, they come across a dying soldier, who confides in hem a secret. He had come across a large sum of money, and it was buried in a graveyard. He tells each man half of the location, one the cemetary, the other the grave. This sets them on a cooperative journey, but also pits them against Angel Eyes, a high ranking Civil War Soldier. The three eventually meet in the graveyard, and the oft-parodied showdown ensues.
The review of this Movie prepared by Tom Stern