“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 score: The Ecstacy of Gold.