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Eli Wallach – Rest in Peace.

It was with various sadnesses I learned of the death of Eli Wallach. Obviously to hear of someone you liked in movies pegging-out is sad but he was 98 which is a bloody good innings so…

Anyway, let’s just see him in a truly brilliant scene of cinema. And recall Lee Van Cleef, Sergio Leone and recall that Clint and Ennio are still with us. This is the final scene (pretty much) of one of my fave movies of all time… I make no spoiler alerts because you will have seen it – or should have done. And I make no apology for that either because it is magnificent. And this is the finest Mexican stand-off ever so enjoy for it is glorious…

Rest in Peace Eli Wallach.


  1. Roue le Jour says:

    A masterpiece.

    RIP ugly.

  2. NickM says:

    The odd thing was that Eli Wallach hadn’t been told he was playing “The Ugly”. Well, a difficult sell for any agent I guess.

  3. Paul Marks says:

    Good post Nick.

  4. Laird says:

    An excellent movie, but my favorite of his is The Magnificent Seven. Sorry to hear of his death, but as you say 98 is a good run.

  5. NickM says:

    Laird (and maybe others), the thing is for me (and I appreciate this is personal and probs directly relate to my age. I am 40 but quite frankly a Western ain’nt a Westen without a certain Mr Eastwood making the poncho sexy for the only time in history. My absolute to kill for is “The Outlaw Josey Wales”. It has more quotable lines than Shakespear but on returns to me, daid to a US senator, “Don’t piss on my back and tell me it is raining”. I didn’t want in this post to up the ‘wood so to speak because it was about Eli Wallach.

    But this blew me away as a kid…

  6. NickM says:

    And another thing. As a kid I confused the hell out of my mother by using the term “Cactus Music” to describe the soundtracks by Ennio Morricone. I have told few people of that.

  7. Paul Marks says:

    Nick “The Outlaw Josey Wales” is one my favourites as well.

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