The Eastwood Standoff

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (1966) | Sergio Leone


“There’s two types of people in this world, those with loaded guns and those who dig…. you dig”.

Every film deserves a climatic shootout and very few are as epic as this Sergio Leone portrayal. I am torn between the Sad Hill Cemetary search and the Mexican standoff, it’s arguable which of the two is more memorable; I chose the standoff.

However, the marriage between Ennio Morricone score and Leone’s shots created a timeless moment that many reference but few have actually endured. Take a minute to witness the most dramatic Mexican standoff in cinema history. But more importantly note the way Morricone’s classic score builds it up.

You should probably also listen to the score: The Ecstacy of Gold.