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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Theatrical Poster
Country ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Sergio Leone
Release Date 1966
Language English
Studio Produzioni Europee Associate
United Artists
Distributor Produzioni Europee Associate
Main Cast
Character Actor
"Blondie"/The Man with No Name Clint Eastwood
Tuco Ramirez Eli Wallach
"Angel Eyes" Lee Van Cleef

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Italian: Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo, lit. "The good, the ugly, the bad") is a 1966 Italian Western directed by Sergio Leone. The film stars Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach as the titular "good, bad, and ugly", respectively.

Set in 1862 New Mexico, the film follows three outlaws on the trail of a buried hoard of Confederate gold. The gunslingers must variously compete and cooperate with each other in order to survive their journey amidst the ongoing American Civil War.

All the guns in this film were supplied by Aldo Uberti Inc. of Italy.

The following weapons were used in the film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly:



Allen & Thurber Pepperbox

After Tuco horribly throws all the guns off the table, an Allen & Thurber Pepperbox with a ring trigger becomes visible.

Allen & Thurber Pepperbox revolver - .32 caliber
Allen & Thurber pistol circled in red.

Bodeo M1889

Tuco picks up an Bodeo M1889 revolver before discarding it. A major anachronism as the film takes place over twenty years before the revolver was introduced.

Bodeo M1889 - 10.4x22mm Italian
Tuco inspects a Bodeo - note lack of trigger guard and locking mechanism for folding trigger.

Colt 1851 Navy (Cartridge Conversion)

Blondie (Clint Eastwood) carries a metallic cartridge converted Colt 1851 Navy which is actually non-historical as it is not actually a "conversion" of a cap and ball revolver but more in the way of a factory cartridge revolver--a conversion revolver has a "filler ring" which mounts the loading gate and a turned-off cylinder. However, these guns have full length cylinders and loading gates which are factory engineered into the frames. In fact, these revolvers are essentially Model 1872 factory cartridge revolvers except for the fact that a Model 1872 would not be able to mount the Model 1851 barrel. Uberti, then, has created the world's first Model 1851 factory cartridge revolvers by specially machining some raw forgings to become .38 centerfires.

Tuco (Eli Wallach) also carries a cartridge-converted Navy, his being fitted with a lanyard loop, which instead of a holster, is stuck in his pocket (because Eli Wallach had trouble holstering a revolver without looking at the holster.) Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef) also uses a cartridge-converted Navy to murder a sickly old man toward the beginning of the film, firing it through his pillow. He keeps this Navy when serving in the Union, but carries a Remington 1858 for his own use. Throughout the film, it becomes obvious that if they have a cartridge revolver, they are going to fire it in the scene. In any other scene, the revolvers change to unloaded percussion models (with the exception of Blondie's). Cartridge revolvers were being manufactured even this early in the American Civil War (see 1861 Prescott Revolver, .38 Rimfire). A rimfire revolver would not actually be an anachronism, however, Colt never chose to violate the patent while many others did.

Colt Navy 1851 with loading gate cartridge conversion with silver snake grips - .38 Special. This is a reproduction model from Cimarron Arms.
Colt Navy 1851 with loading gate cartridge conversion with standard grips - .38 Special. This is a reproduction model from Cimarron Arms.
Angel Eyes fires his Colt Navy into the old man, covering his face with a pillow.
Blondie fires his Colt Navy at the men trying to arrest Tuco. Note how quick he is, none have even hit the ground yet.
Close-up of Blondie's Navy after dispatching the assassins.
After piecing together several Navys, Tuco listens to see how well the cylinder divots fit with the cylinder lock. Note that he is holding a percussion revolver that changes to a cartridge revolver before he cocks it. Samuel Colt actually played mix n' match with ten Colt revolvers in 1850 before an astonished audience in London.
Tuco threatens the gun store owner with the Colt Navy. Note how the hammer has been modified to fire centerfire rounds instead of striking percussion caps.
Blondie cleans his Colt Navy. Blondie must shoot his gun quite often to get it so dirty.
Blondie sleeps with his hand on his Colt Navy in a deleted scene. Note the silver inlaid snake grips.
Blondie: "One, two, three, four, five, six. Six. Perfect number".
Angel Eyes: "Isn't three the perfect number"?
Blondie: "Yeah, but I got six more bullets in my gun". (deleted scene)
Blondie fires his Colt Navy during the graveyard standoff.

This side-by-side shows how Tuco's revolver switches from a cartridge revolver to a percussion revolver in the scene. A goof also worth noting is how his revolver is capable of firing under water, while he is in the bathtub. Well, it wasn't in the water per-se, just under the bubbles.

Tuco with his Navy. To the left, it is a cartridge revolver, which he fires to kill the one armed assassin. To the right, it is a percussion, because he doesn't have to fire it.

Colt 1851 Navy Percussion

A percussion Colt 1851 Navy is used by Tuco (Eli Wallach) when firing the gun is not required or he must point the gun at a fellow actor. There is also a "stunt" version of Blondie's "conversion" revolver, a standard cap and ball, carried by Tuco when he stops the horses in the desert. Still photos show the stunt revolver in Eastwood's holster during the deleted scene with a prostitute (Silvana Bacci) and it is the revolver taken from him at the Shorty Larson hanging.

Colt Navy 1851 - .36 caliber
Tuco holds his Percussion Navy to the inn owner.
"There are two kinds of spurs, my friend. Those that come in by the door... and those that come in by the window".
Close up of Tuco's percussion Navy.
Tuco prepares to kill Blondie with his Colt Navy.
Closeup of Tuco's Colt Navy during the standoff. On closer inspection, you can see that the percussion cap is missing from the exposed nipple.
Another closeup from the standoff.
Tuco fans his Colt Navy during the standoff, only to discover it is empty.

Colt 1860 Army (Colt 1851 Mock-Up)

One of the bounty hunters was originally thought to be trying to capture Tuco while armed with a Colt 1860 Army revolver; closer inspection reveals it is actually a mocked-up Colt 1851. This is an easy mistake to make given that the 1860 is simply an adaption of the 1851 frame; the definitive proof is seen when the bounty hunter stands up to walk and it is apparent that the gun has a standard Model 1851 rammer and not the streamlined "Root Rachet" of an 1860. In terms of this film, it is noteworthy that about 60 specimens of 1860s exist which are unusual "long cylinder" conversions without loading gates. These are not factory conversions and may be the work of the incredibly talented gunsmiths that were over the border in Mexico.

Colt 1860 Army - .44 caliber
A bounty hunter approaches Tuco with the Colt which is mistaken for a Model 1860.

Galand Revolver

Tuco (Eli Wallach) inspects a Galand Revolver in the gun store. It is an anachronism for this gun to be in Tuco's hands as the gun was invented in 1868, this film takes place in 1862.

Galand 12mm with lever open.
Tuco (Eli Wallach) plays with a Galand in the gun shop.

Remington 1858 New Army

Angel Eyes/Sentenza (Lee Van Cleef) carries a Remington 1858 New Army as his personal sidearm. It appears to be two-toned, with a blued or black cylinder and barrel, and a grey cylinder housing. When not carrying his 1858, he carries his Union-issued Colt Navy. He uses it to kill Stevens, on behalf of Baker, and moments later, Stevens' oldest son. After that, he's not seen firing it again, instead using his Colt Navy. It is a somewhat notable goof that he keeps a cartridge belt despite using a percussion revolver. Also, a common continuity error is the that the gun is loaded or unloaded with percussion caps between scenes. Blondie (Clint Eastwood) is seen carrying a Remington Model 1858 when he first turns Tuco over to the law. You may see it when he dismounts his horse; as the revolver is totally unembellished, it is likely a temporary prop, utilized until the cartridge revolvers were available (this is reportedly the first scene filmed).

Remington Model 1858 - .44 caliber
Angel Eyes' (Lee Van Cleef) Remington 1858 is seen in his holster as he talks with the half-soldier (José Terrón).
Angle Eyes sleeps with his 1858 nearby in a deleted scene. Note how he keeps a useless cartridge belt.
Side by side shot showing how his Remington goes from being unloaded to loaded during the final standoff. Note how the bullets are jacketed, which is a feature that was not invented until the 1880s. Van Cleef's gunbelt is actually worn backwards because this is not a crossdraw rig; the holster is a metal lined "gunbucket" with extreme muzzle cant, intended for blank firing competitions using heavily modified 1873 revolvers.
A wounded Angel Eyes after the standoff armed with his '58.

Remington Rolling Block Cavalry

A pistol version of the Remington Rolling Block, known as the Cavalry model is seen on the table in the gun shop.

Remington Rolling Block Cavalry - .50 caliber
A Remington Rolling Block Cavalry is visible when Tuco (Eli Wallach) knocks the pistols off the table.

Howdah Pistol

Some type of sawed-off double-barreled gun is seen on the table in the gun shop, perhaps a sawed-off shotgun or more likely a Howdah Pistol.

Howdah - .577
Possible Howdah circled in red.

Victor Collete Pepperbox

Tuco (Eli Wallach) inspects a Victor Collete Pepperbox revolver in the gun shop, apparently disliking it for its smell. This is a pun on the term "pepperbox".

Victor Collete Pepperbox
Tuco picks up the Victor Collete Pepperbox, and unfolds the trigger.

Unknown Revolvers

On the table in the gun shop, a few unidentified revolvers are seen.

Unknown revolver #1 circled in red. It may be an Adams Revolver due to the barrel and grips.
Unknown revolver #2 circled in red. It appears to be a swing-out cylinder revolver (akin to the Smith & Wesson Model 10 or Colt New Service), although it's hard to say more precisely.


Remington 1858 "Cattleman's Carbine"

One of Angel Eye's (Lee Van Cleef) thugs tries to shoot Tuco (Eli Wallach) with a Remington 1858 "Cattleman's Carbine", a rifle version of the Remington 1858 revolver, before being shot by Blondie. This gun actually appears to be one of the few percussion guns actually fired in the film as opposed to cartridge guns.

Uberti copy of the Remington 1858 "Cattleman's Carbine" - .44 caliber
The shooter cocks his Cattleman's Carbine.
Note how lead balls are loaded in the Cattleman.
As the camera pans to the right side of the gun, note how two chambers have no lead balls packed in. Those are the chambers loaded with blank shot. The manner of holding the carbine is historically accurate but note that many soldiers were injured using this technique- it is now considered to be quite unsafe to hold a percussion carbine forward of the cylinder due to risk of chain fire.

Spencer Model 1860

As Tuco (Eli Wallach) hangs from a rope in the graveyard, Blondie (Clint Eastwood) fires a rare Civilian Model 1860 Spencer Rifle with an octagon barrel, easily mistaken for the 1874 Sharps because Eastwood keeps his hand over the breechblock pivot area. The actual rifle is featured in the making-of book Behind the Scenes of Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Peter J. Hanley, 2016, il buono pub.). It may also be seen momentarily the very early "muddy street" scene filmed outside of Rome- look at the exact moment Blondie dismounts his horse. This is the first scene Wallach filmed and we can see that the scope is mounted on the Spencer, indicating that this was to be the rifle that Blondie would use during the later hanging scenes filmed in Spain. Some technical difficulty must have caused the crew to abandon this rifle, substituting the bounty hunter's Model 1866 which later received the scope at the time of the second hanging. Certainly, the Spencer could never have fired with the rapid cadence of the Model 1866 (the book has a still photo of Eastwood struggling to operate the rifle at the cemetery). Any sporting model of Spencer would be anachronistic to the 1862 timeframe as very few (less than 100) were manufactured just prior to war's end; this particular rifle is serial number 1448.

Spencer 1860 Sporting Rifle - .46 RF
Blondie fires the Spencer Model 1860, which was in the scabbard on Angel Eye's (Lee Van Cleef) tall, black horse.

Springfield Model 1863

The Union and Confederate soldiers are seen mainly armed with Springfield Model 1863 rifles throughout the film.

Springfield 1863 - .58 caliber Minié ball
Union soldiers guarding the Confederate POWs are seen armed with Springfield 1863s as seen through the spyglass of the Commandant of the prison camp.
Union soldiers guard the Confederate POWs with Springfield 1863s.
Union soldiers execute one of their own for thieving (according to the plaque he was forced to carry) with possible Model 1863 rifles.
Confederate soldiers march through town with possible 1863 rifles slung over their shoulders. The soldiers (including the cavalry) are shown to be impeccably dressed and equipped to a degree that was rarely accomplished in the Civil War by the Confederates.

Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" (Mocked-Up as a Henry 1860)

Blondie (Clint Eastwood) uses a Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" with a side folding scope. He is prominently seen using it as a means to con law officials by giving up Tuco (Eli Wallach), a wanted criminal, for a bounty. He then uses the rifle to shoot the rope before Tuco is hanged, and they split the reward. He also is seen with it when a man named "Shorty" (José Terrón) is to be hung, but Tuco doesn't allow him to shoot the rope, and poor Shorty hangs. A bounty hunter is also seen using this rifle to shoot out Tuco's horse towards the beginning of the film. It should be noted that while the gun is anachronistic to the time, it is made to look like a period-appropriate Henry 1860 by removing the wooden forend. The dead giveaways are the loading gate on the right side, the lack of a magazine tube loading break switch, and the lack of slits in the mag tube which allows the user to see bullets left in the gun. Note that muzzle reports for this gun are a second unit insert utilizing a modern Winchester Model 1894 with a sweated-on ramp front sight, pointing to some difficulties in locating or possibly cobbling together blank .44 Rimfire ammo; blank ammo in .44 RF would have been ancient and uncommon in 1966, not loaded for studio use but for acclimating cavalry horses to the sound of gunfire!

Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" - .44 Rimfire. Model in film has forend removed and has a side folding scope.
Henry 1860 - .44 Rimfire. The gun being replicated by the Yellow Boy.
A bounty hunter shoots out Tuco's (Eli Wallach) horse with a Winchester 1866.
Blondie (Clint Eastwood) fires his Winchester 1866. Note the loading gate on the right, helping tell it is a Yellow Boy and not a Henry.
Blondie fires a second shot after only skimming the rope with the first.
Blondie prepares to shoot out Shorty's (José Terrón) rope. Note the side-folding scope which was not present at the first hanging. This scope has been moved from the Spencer Rifle seen in the first scene filmed in Italy. The Davidson scope is fairly authentic, being the model attached to Whitworth sniper rifles of the Civil War but it is actually a bit anachronistic given the Queen's Patent Date of December 1862.

Remington 1863 Zouave

The Union soldier is seen with a short Remington 1863 Zouave. This is historically inaccurate: though around 12,500 Remington 1863 Zouaves were produced, none were ever issued. However, large amounts of them were sold for cheap to the burgeoning Civil War reenactment community in the later half of the 19th century and still show up in present day reenactments.

Remington 1863 Zouave Rifle - .58 Minié ball
The kneeling solder on the far left is seen with a rifle.
The kneeling solder on the far left is seen with a rifle.

Machine Guns

Colt Gatling Gun

Union soldiers utilize Colt M1865 and M1874 Gatling Guns during the battle scene, some fitted with 20-round vertical magazines, some fitted with 100-round drum magazines. This is an anachronism because the film is actually set in 1862 and Gatling Guns were developed in 1861 and patented on November 4, 1862 while the later M1865 and M1874 didn't exist at that time. The first combat usage of the early M1862 Type II Gatling Guns was at the Siege of Petersburg in 1864.

Colt Gatling Gun 1865 - .50-70 Government
Colt Gatling Gun with Bruce Feed Guide - .45-70 Government
Close up shot of M1865 Gatling Gun muzzle to right. Note the central front sight confirming this Gatling to be the M1865 model. The non-octagonal barrels suggest that this is a prop rather than a real gun.
An M1874 Gatling Gun fitted with a Broadwell Drum is seen during a long camera pan.
A Union Soldier fires an M1874 Gatling Gun fitted with a 20-round magazine.
A soldier fires an M1874 Gatling Gun.
An M1874 Gatling Gun is seen with a Broadwell Drum.


Dahlgren Cannon

What appears to be a Dalhgren Cannon is used by the Union during the battle scene.

The Union soldiers fire the Dahlgen at the Confederates.


Howitzers are seen several times during the battle scene and Blondie (Clint Eastwood) uses one to fire on Tuco (Eli Wallach) as he attempts to run away on his horse.

A howitzer is seen when the men look out at the bridge.
Blondie (Clint Eastwood) fires a howitzer at Tuco (Eli Wallach) as he flees on a horse. This model has an octagonal muzzle.

Krupp Field Gun

The Union troops use a Krupp field gun of unknown model.

Union soldiers man a Krupp field gun.
Union soldiers fire the Krupp field gun.
Rear view of the gun with breech visible.

Spanish 10-inch Siege Mortar

Union troops use an archaic (from late 18th century) Spanish 10-inch siege mortar throughout the film, most prominently seen used during the battle scene, and one manages to prevent Tuco (Eli Wallach) from hanging Blondie (Clint Eastwood) when a mortar ball destroys the floor, allowing Blondie to escape. The movie was filmed mostly in Spain, making this vintage piece likely a local acquisition.

The barrel of a sled-base mortar before firing a round to interrupt Blondie's (Clint Eastwood) hanging.
The Union soldiers fire the cauldron mortars.

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