TUCO

(Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez)

Eli Wallach's Tuco is one of, if not the best, character perfomances in a Spaghetti Western. He steals the show from Clint Eastwood and Lee van Cleef. Eli Wallach actually has the most screen time of the three main characters in 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly'.

Tuco has the longest crime record of the Spaghetti West bandits.

He has an exeptional talent to survive from life threating situations.

Tuco is a bit stupid and have a hard time to read, exept when there is $200.000 in stake, then Tuco has no problem reading the name Arch Stanton. Bound on revenge you shouldn't double-cross Tuco - he will hunt you down.

 

 

 

Tuco's firearm is a combination of three different revolvers. The grip from a Colt Navy, the cylinder from a Joslyn and the barrel from a Smith & Wesson. (This combination would not have been possible in real life.)

Rather than having a pistol belt Tuco keeps his revolver in his pocket. Attached to a rope around his neck. In a duel Tuco lets the gun hang from the rope freely beside him for a quick draw.

The rope attached to the gun was an idea of Sergio Leone. Sergio wanted Eli to turn his hips so the gun would jump to his hand. When Eli asked Sergio to show him how it was done Sergio hit the gun to his groings and said to Eli: "-Just keep it in your pocket."

 

 

Quotes:

"-There are two kind of people in this world, my friend. -Those with a rope around their neck and people who have the job of doing the cutting."

"-Who ever doublecrosses me and leaves me alive... -He understand nothing about Tuco, nothing."

"-What the hell is this? One bastard goes in, another comes out!"

"-I'm alive you bastards and I always will be."

"-Where we came from if one didn't want to die of poverty, one became a priest or a bandit. -You chose your way I chose mine. -Mine was harder."

"-I like big fat men like you, when they fall they make more noise and sometimes they never get up."

"-You talked you traitor! -You talked!"

"-It doesn't matter, I'll kill them all."

"-When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk."

 

 

 

Tuco's crimes quoted from the hangmen:

First Hangman: "...wanted in fourteen counties of this state, the condemned is found guilty of crimes of murder, armed robbery of citizens, state banks and post offices; the theft of sacred objects, arson in a state prison, perjury, bigamy, deserting his wife and children, inciting prostitution, kidnapping, extortion, receiving stolen goods, selling stolen goods, passing counterfeit money and contrary to the laws of this state the condemned is guilty of using marked cards and loaded dice. Therefore, according to the powers vested in us, we sentence the accused before us, Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez and any other aliases he might have, to hang by the neck until dead... may god have mercy on his soul... proceed."

Second Hangman: "...wanted in fifteen counties of this state, the condemned standing before us... sitting before us... Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez has been found guilty by the third district circuit court of the following crimes: Murder, assaulting a justice of the peace, raping a virgin of the white race, statuatory rape of a minor of the black race... derailing a train in order to rob the passengers, bank robbery, highway robbery, robbing an unknown number of Post  Offices, breaking out of the state prison, using marked cards and loaded dice, promoting prostitution, blackmail, intention of selling fugitive slaves, and counterfeiting. Crimes against  places of high authority include burning down the courthouse and sheriff's office in Sonora. The accused is also guilty of cattle rustling, horse thievery, supplying Indians with firearms... misrepresenting himself as a Mexican General, unlawfully drawing salarly and living allowances from the Union Army. For all these crimes the accused has made a full and spontaneous confession. Therefore we condemn him to be hung by the neck until dead... may the lord have mercy on his soul... proceed."