For a Few Dollars More (1965)

When the man with no name (Clint Eastwood) meets fellow bounty hunter, Colonel Douglas Mortimer (Lee Van Cleef), they don’t exactly like each other. They are in each other’s way, and so a battle of wills ensues. Clint Eastwood shoots his rival’s hat off, and surely a duel to the death will follow. Instead, director Sergio Leone, one of the greatest  ever to step figuratively behind the camera and master of his own brand of tough guy humor crafts one of his most memorable scenes with a terrific payoff. Instead of rising to Eastwood’s provocation, Van Cleef calmly goes to retrieve his hat. Eastwood shoots it again pushing it back farther. Van Cleef again goes to retrieve it. Eastwood shoots it back farther. This goes on until Eastwood misses, and Van Cleef gets his chance to put the young man in his place (one of the rare times that can be said about Eastwood). The scene amounts to an elaborate pissing match, and one of the coolest scenes in movie history.

-Walter Howard-

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