Friday, January 25, 2019

Spaghetti Western Trivia ~ The Good, the Bad and the Ugly cut desert scene

One of the missing scenes deleted from the release of “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) was during the desert crossing where Tuco forces Blondie to march on foot while he rides behind on his horse in relative comfort using a parasol to shade himself from the burning desert sun.
Blondie is now seen in the distance. His steps are heavy and sluggish. The heat has worn Blondie down. Nevertheless, he seems to have noticed that Tuco has fallen into a light sleep under his parasol. Blondie looks around as if he is searching for something. About 10 feet in front of him is a white, gnawed animal skeleton. Blondie’s eyes appear to be hypnotized by this sight. He staggers towards the skeleton. Close-up: Blondie’s hand appears in the frame and he grasps a club-like bone. The camera zooms to Tuco, who suddenly turns, grabs his revolver and fires a shot. The bone flies out of Blondie’s hand and Tuco threatens him saying, “Don’t try that again. Now, get going!” Blondie sets off again on his endless trek across the burning desert sand.

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