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What You’re Saying About Breaking Bad‘s Western Influences

Breaking Bad fans in the off-season are busily dissecting every aspect of their favorite series. The topic of conversation this week: The show’s film influences, particularly with respect to Westerns like Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) and Once Upon a Time in the West (1968). What connections have the commenters made? Read on.

• “I was watching that old Clint Eastwood western, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly when I realized The Ugly’s name was Tuco. Also, he is always delivering lines like, ‘…there are two kind of men in this world…’ He sounded just like old Tortuga in the bar before El Jefe had the twins chop off his head.” — bullieboi

• “[The Good, the Bad and the Ugly] does call to mind some of Breaking Bad‘s themes — the fight for survival, the unforgiving landscape, the bonds of family, etc… Some of the events of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly seem to be metaphors for life itself. And that’s true of most great movies and TV shows, such as, of course, Breaking Bad.” — rockmama

• “A major influence for Breaking Bad was an old western called Once Upon A Time In The West.” — Quebrando Mal

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