There are so many great aspects to this film, it is difficult to know where to begin. The direction, visuals, cast, and soundtrack all lead to the most atmospheric film that I have ever seen, along with the Godfather.
The plot is dual threaded, telling the tale of two rival bounty hunters. Both of which are tracking a group of viscious outlaws, led by the sadistic and brutal El Indio, played magnificantly by the late Gian Maria Volante. The two bounty hunters have different motives for the capture of Indio. Manco (Eastwood) is in it purely for the money, whereas Colonel Mortimer (Van Cleef) is seeking revenge for the death of his sister. The tale takes plenty of turns and you end up with a beautiful and poignant ending, one which is on a par with the great Casablanca. A special mention must go to Lee Van Cleefs performance, he was awesome and I find it hard to believe that this was his first 'proper' role.
Another special mention must go to the restoration team, they have done a wonderful job in giving this film the treatment it deserves, the picture is great.
Leone was a genius and showed the Americans how westerns should be done. My favourite film of all time!