Certain Movies every man should see, some he should know by heart. These are the movies we’ll be featuring in the Proud Boy Movie Club. Some films will be new to some of us, some we’ve seen a dozen times. Either way you’re encouraged to watch or take the opportunity to re-watch these films every man should know. All Proud Boys can follow the films week to week here and discus and post thoughts, questions and comments in the Proud Boys Facebook Group.
This week’s Movie Club: THE GOOD, THE BAD, & THE UGLY
Directed By: Sergio Leone
In Theaters: Dec 23, 1966 wide
Runtime: 161 minutes
Certain films become emblematic of something a Proud Boy would watch not just because of its cool factor, but because it’s something that is a benchmark in our lives. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is not just a definitive Western, but it’s one of those movies our fathers and grandfathers loved. The reason being that this film was made for men… real men. Salt of the earth, blue collar men with no job too dirty and who wouldn’t think twice about teaching a lesson in respect if crossed.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly has a tone and attitude the Proud Boys would be happy to revive. It takes place in America when it was a different world, and in many ways simpler. No one was going to break Clint Eastwood’s balls about the wrong gender pronoun. There were no safe spaces. Whining got you anything but a shot to the chops. The grit is what we missed out on. The confrontation. The opportunity. The smartest, fastest guy surviving is what “Makes America Great Again” means to me.
This was the last in the “Dollars” trilogy (A Fist Full of Dollars, A Few More Dollars, and The Good, the Bad & the Ugly) all directed by the great Sergio Leone. These where “spaghetti westerns” which were cowboy movies from the 60s crewed by Italians and in some cases shot in Italy. The language barrier didn’t make a difference because Leone was a master at telling a story in pictures. Without a word, he could build suspense and having a young rising star in Clint Eastwood didn’t hurt.
The film is about 3 men looking for Confederate gold in the old west. Tuco & Blondie (Eastwood) have been scheming together until Blondie leaves Tuco to die in the desert. Tuco tracks him down and abandons him in the desert chained to a man who claims there is gold buried in a grave at the “Sad Hill Cemetery”. The man dies leaving the name on the grave with Blondie. A mercenary named Angel Eyes has tortured Tuco into giving up the name of the Cemetery and begin to also go after the gold. The 3 of them form alliances, and back stab their way to the graveyard which ends with an epic 3 way duel between the Good (Blondie) the Bad (Angel Eyes) and the Ugly (Tuco).
Feelings don’t enter into the equation in this world. Each character only lives as long as they’re usefulness. The film is rolled in grit, violence, and opportunity. It’s a universe the blue collar men of this country were well versed in once upon a time. This is one of those things unfashionable in today’s world and we dare to ask the question “Is that better or worse?”.
All our eyes are on the prize and we all have opportunity, but it’s never that simple. There are gate keepers. There are rivals. There are friends. Most of us never make it to the gold, but The Good the Bad and the Ugly reminds of that with the right timing, improvisation and creativity we can ride off into the sunset with our rivals vanquished in the background holding as much gold as we can carry.