Sergio Leone’s sequel to his ground-breaking A Fistful of Dollars (1964) is longer, more accomplished, and provides the first example of a complex three-way dynamic between heroes and villain which the director further explored in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966), and Once Upon a Time in the West (1968).
Clint Eastwood’s ‘Man with No Name’ teams up with Lee Van Cleef’s bounty hunter to foil a gang of bank robbers led by the brilliant Italian actor Gian Mario Volonté.
Ennio Morricone’s iconographic theme has been reborn in dance remixes, and the film is filled with gallows humour and moments of pathos – especially the extraordinary moment where Volonté plays with a dying beetle while he listens to the sound of his men dying in a gunfight outside.
Colonel Douglas Mortimer
Lee Van Cleef
Gian Maria Volonté