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CB’s Favorite Performances : Eli Wallach – Tuco

 

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Without a doubt one of my all time favorite film performances is Eli Wallach in ‘The Good, The Bad, The Ugly. He steals the show and it’s a big show to steal it from. I’ve seen ‘The GBU’ to many times to count. Eli is a force of nature in it. He is relentless. He never takes a scene off. He’s nasty, selfish, dirty, ignorant, a liar, violent, funny and a genuine badass.

Wallach breaths life into the character. He makes him a living, breathing person (not a very nice person). Sergio Leone had a stroke of genius in this casting choice. Just say “action’ and let Eli do his thing. He has some big emotional swings. Mostly he’s a self serving, self centered bandit but in a scene with his brother you get some background that might explain a little of why he is the way he is. Wallach as the character “Tuco” stands into this motivation. It justifies his choices to himself as the character. No apologies. If there was one donut left between him and you he would wolf it down and give you a big grin with donut falling out of his mouth. He’s that kind of guy. You can see Van Cleef and Eastwood totally engaged in his performance. I know I was.

Eli Wallach was a great actor and in this role he more than proved it. 11 out of 10 on the CB Meter.

“Blooooondeeeee”

“I’m looking for the owner of that horse. He’s tall, blonde, he smokes a cigar and he’s a pig”

 

34 comments on “CB’s Favorite Performances : Eli Wallach – Tuco

  1. hotfox63
    October 13, 2019

    Yep, Eli Wallach is terrific – incredible attention to detail. The movie is full of irony and yet serious. I love this.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 13, 2019

      He had chemistry with everyone in the film especially Eastwood.

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      • hotfox63
        October 14, 2019

        There is only one Spaghetti Western I like more: “Once Upon A Time In The West”, by a certain… Sergio Leone.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 14, 2019

        I like the $$$ Trilogy and ‘Once Upon ..”

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      • hotfox63
        October 14, 2019

        The movie theatre was never bigger in my youth than with a film by Sergio Leone…

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 14, 2019

        Eli’s face filled the screen. That’s what the experience was supposed to be about. Do you think Sergio made them to be viewed on a phone?

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      • hotfox63
        October 15, 2019

        I think we both agree that Leone’s images are not made for a iphone.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 15, 2019

        The bigger the screen the better.

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  2. Yeah, Another Blogger
    October 13, 2019

    Morning, CB. He had a long career. I liked him a lot in The Misfits, which is such a great movie.

    Bye till next time!

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  3. Jim S.
    October 13, 2019

    Oddly enough, either I never saw this or I saw it so long ago I can’t remember it. We may have discussed this one before. At the place where I’m currently working the big boss has a poster of this movie on his wall and his phone ringtone is the movie theme. A serious fan. I’ve never asked him about it because he is not the kind of guy you sit around and chit-chat with.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 13, 2019

      Come on Doc, GBU and Bridge On The River Kwai are yearly watches.
      Yes you mentioned the poster and the ring tone. Earls brother has the same one on his phone.
      Anyways talking about awards, hall of fames etc, Eli gets the CB blue ribbon for his work as Tuco.

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      • Jim S.
        October 13, 2019

        That’s a 3-hour commitment! I’m still not done watching the Country thing.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 13, 2019

        There’s so much good stuff . You have Ennio Morrconi’s soundtrack which would probably sound good coming through your sound system. Tell the wife it’s a romantic comedy.

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      • Jim S.
        October 13, 2019

        She saw it years ago at the drive-in. For the record, she’s about as much a romcom fan as CB. She loves a good courtroom drama.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 13, 2019

        It’s officially on the record. She can join my Gal and me any night for a flick.

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      • Jim S.
        October 13, 2019

        Good. That’ll give me some much-needed ‘alone’ time.

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  4. greenpete58
    October 15, 2019

    Wallach/”Tuco” does indeed “steal the show.” (Eastwood and Van Cleef have great screen presence, but are typecast.) I’m not sure how much freedom Leone gave Wallach, but he was perfect in this part. He also played a Mexican badass in The Magnificent Seven, without the humor, and his role there isn’t as memorable.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 15, 2019

      I think Leone’s job was made easy with his casting choices. Half the battle. Worked for me.
      Yeah Eli was good in “7” but more of a cameo but he did have a presence.
      Being a man of adventure and the sea Pete, how a bout his role in ‘Lord Jim’. He was good in that also. I figure you for a Conrad type guy.

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  5. BuriedOnMars
    October 18, 2019

    He couldn’t save Godfather III though.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 18, 2019

      Eli couldn’t but Tuco could have. Godfather lll, what the hell was that?

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    • J.
      November 11, 2019

      Haha. I’ve got a soft spot for Godfather 3, y’know.

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      • BuriedOnMars
        November 15, 2019

        It has its moments but…. Sofia Coppola….

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      • J.
        November 15, 2019

        Aye… if there has been a worse performance by any one ever I have yet to see it. Truly horrible.

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  6. Chris
    October 25, 2019

    Eli Wallach was great in The Good, The Bad, The Ugly and I ought to check out his other notable roles. Thanks for shining a light on this film/performance

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 26, 2019

      His performance is the first one I’m featuring on this new take. That kind of puts it in perspective on how much I like it. He has a pretty solid slate of work.

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  7. J.
    November 11, 2019

    “I’m looking for the owner of that horse. He’s tall, blonde, he smokes a cigar and he’s a pig”. Yasss! One of my top 5 movies right here – have I told you that? I must have. If not, well, I am now. Used to watch this on January 1st. This and the original Star Wars trilogy (perfect for a hangover).

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 11, 2019

      GB&U and ‘River Kwai’ are pulled out on a regular basis.
      I was always waiting for Lucas’s ‘American Graffiti’ trilogy.

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      • J.
        November 11, 2019

        Haha. He’d have fucked it with digital remastering and CGI.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 11, 2019

        He should have put ‘Toad ‘ in Star Wars.

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      • J.
        November 11, 2019

        Probably about all he missed when he did those special editions!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 11, 2019

        Toad on his spaced out scooter. Still one of my favorite openings when he slams his scooter into the garbage can. I still laugh.

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