Last night I watched the 4K Remastered Edition of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. What a great movie!

Now I noticed something I'm curious about. There are several (at least 3, maybe 4) appearances of dogs in the movie. What does Leone want to say with the wild dogs? I think it's too easy to say the dogs stands for something like freedom or to try to illustrate the empty desert better. The pictures are the first and the last appearance of dogs in the movie.

Maybe the last dog is important to answer the question. It looks like the dog wants to run to Tuco but he scares the dog, so it runs out of the picture.

On youtube you can find the whole movie if you have to rewatch it ;-)

First appearance Last appearance

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    Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Commented Jun 8, 2014 at 21:25
  • @MeatTrademark good answer, +1 ;)
    – Ankit Sharma
    Commented Jun 10, 2014 at 7:12
  • Maybe you're right :-) Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
    – Charmin
    Commented Jun 10, 2014 at 9:32
  • The three main characters are rather like stray dogs.
    – user43097
    Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 2:31

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It's a nice scene just when the song Ecstasy of Gold starts. Actually the dog was not part of the original script. It was Leone's dog and it ran and escaped when the scene was shot. Elli's reaction is a natural instinct on being startled. Leone (perfectionist as he may be) liked the result so much that he decided to keep it

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    While this is an interesting information, do you have any evidence for this, or just an info where you got this from?
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Commented Jun 29, 2014 at 20:04
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    IMDB.com 2nd trivia
    – Déjà vu
    Commented Jul 22, 2014 at 5:00
  • An intresting information?
    – user43097
    Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 2:27

The dogs represent, believe it or not, the Holy Spirit connection of Tuco in this Divine story of how a border-line archetype learns and earns redemption... The movie is about the long journey Tuco has in learning to be a human. Angel Eyes has lost redemption. Blondie has learned it, has learned: when you hit someone, remain human. Tuco acts like this is not the assignment. Blondie insists it is. The surprise ending allows Tuco to have the faith Blondie has in him… right now, Tuco cannot be trusted… but in time, he may learn… and later act more or less like the Jedi Master Blondie has become, and Tuco may someday teach a slow-learner, or stubborn one such as he, Tuco, is throughout the movie. The song is all about Tuco learning, the movie is about the audience learning.

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