Well, i wouldn't mind even if the Bad Guy got away in the end. But, the way they did it with that drawn out cat scene with Sheriff Bell talking to that guy about nonsense for 15 minutes straight was killing me. Here's how i would have done it:
Have Sheriff Bell, Llewelyn, Anton, and the Mexicans all show up around the same time, and have an awesome shootout. Have the sheriff walk in on the Mexicans torturing Llewelyn in the bathroom of the hotel room, demanding the location of the money. The mexicans shoot Bell, but he is not quite killed, and Llewelyn is able to get to a stashed weapon under the sink, and takes out 3 at once after a huge struggle, and one almost strangles him to death. Llewelyn is shot in the stomach (a fatal wound we find out later). He and the sheriff go to take off in the cruiser, only to realize that Anton is outside with Llewelyn's wife, and is offering a trade for the money. Just as they're about to make the trade, An Al Paso policeman is able to shoot Anton in the neck, so Anton fires on Bell, and kills him, and has to release Llewelyn's wife, and run. Llewelyn is in no shape to chase Anton, and stays with his wife to tell her where the money is at. Al Paso police chase Anton in his car, but he has a plan to jump the car (already stashed with a dummy body) over a cliff, and fake his own death, meanwhile he is in a cave under the mountain that he set up previously with medical supplies. The police see the body in the exploded car, and assume it's Anton (since they had no medical records for him, dental, etc, they think it's him, and close the search for him). Cut to a couple weeks later, and Anton finds Llewelyn's wife, and is able get the money from her before murdering her after flipping a coin, and she looses. So, instead of BS talking around a breakfast table talking utter unrelated nonsense by Sheriff Bell, we get my action packed heart bounding ending, and bad guy still wins. :-)
You have a great sense of humor.