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Old 01-07-2004, 08:19   #1
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Question Which to watch first: Once upon a time in the west or The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly?

On the strength of reviews of both films and dvds I got both of these SE's a while back and have never seen either. Now i know that they aren't connected stories, but i was wondering if there was a recommended order to watch them in. As in watching 1 first will make watching the other better or its easier to watch etc. Cheers!
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Old 01-07-2004, 08:21   #2
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Since Once Upon A Time deals with the end of the old west then I'd advise that you watch The Good, the Bad and the Ugly to see what Leone was saying goodbye to.
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Hmmm, don't know if watching one first will make the other easier to watch but if I was you, I'd watch OUATITW first (great film), then if you like it, get Fistful of dollars and For a Few Dollars More and watch them in the order they were made, i.e

Fistful of Dollars.
For a Few Dollars More.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (which i like equally to OUATITW)
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The thing is, 'West' is very different in tone to the Dollars Trilogy. I watched all 4 films in the order they were made, and I think that worked well. 'A Fistful of Dollars' and 'For A Few Dollars More' are more tongue-in-cheek action westerns with hints of epic, and then GBU, a more epic western that at times takes itself seriously, forms a transition between that and OUATITW, which has a lot more weight than the other films.

But between the two that you own, I'd definitely watch GoodBadUgly first. Harsin's reasoning is very good.

All of Leone's westerns (that lot and 'Duck, You Sucker!' aka 'A Fistful of Dynamite') are really great to watch.

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I'd also watch The Good, the Bad and the Ugly first, mainly because it was made before OUATITW, although Harsin's reason is a far better argument for watching The Good, the Bad and the Ugly first.
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I love the last half hour of The Good the Bad and the Ugly. But when I think of the rest of the film I think of Clint Eastwood crawling round the desert for two hours.
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I personally prefer The Good, The Bad & The Ugly by a long stretch in comparison to Once Upon A Time in the West. Though as poissony suggested if you have the other dollars films, I'd watch them in order. Once Upon A Time in The West possibly has the best beginning to a film ever but the rest leaves a lot to be desired i.e. I found it pretty dull and far too long. TGTB&TU is fairly long too but it held my interest far more. Of the lot I would say For a Few Dollars More is paced the best and is a cracking film to boot! If it's not in your collection - you know what to do
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Both The Good, The Bad & The Ugly and Once Upon a Time in The West are magnificent westerns, brilliantly orchestrated by a director at the peak of his game. I think the only way to watch them is in the order they were made, if you want to appreciate how Leone grows with each film.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by poissony
Hmmm, don't know if watching one first will make the other easier to watch but if I was you, I'd watch OUATITW first (great film), then if you like it, get Fistful of dollars and For a Few Dollars More and watch them in the order they were made, i.e

Fistful of Dollars.
For a Few Dollars More.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (which i like equally to OUATITW)
Have to agree with that way
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Old 01-07-2004, 21:25   #10
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Good the Bad and the Ugly!!

not a fan on OUATIW.
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