Once Upon a Time in the West (C'era una volta il West)

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  • Clip: Opening Scene

Movie Info & Cast


A woman returns to her ranch out west to find her husband has been killed by a band of outlaws who want the railroad-valuable land. A brooding, young cowboy steps in to stop them.


  • Claudia Cardinale
  • Henry Fonda
  • Jason Robards
  • Charles Bronson
  • Gabriele Ferzetti
  • Paolo Stoppa
  • Woody Strode
  • Jack Elam
  • Keenan Wynn
  • Frank Wolff

Did You Know?


  • The final duel between Frank and Harmonica was shot almost exactly like the one in The Last Sunset (1961) between Rock Hudson and Kirk Douglas, a film, of which, Bernardo Bertolucci was a huge fan.
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  • As Frank and his gang ride away from the train, tire tracks are visible in the dirt.
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    • [of Harmonica]
    • Cheyenne: He not only plays, he can shoot, too.
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It’s probably unwise to come to Leone looking for too much in the way of feminism. Instead, Once Upon a Time in the West offers quintessential examples of the things he was better known for, including another blustery Ennio Morricone score. Visually, he mostly vacillates between extreme close-ups of intense faces and vast widescreen compositions, a technique that is lurching but also luridly beautiful.

Josh Larsen

Good fun, especially if you like Leone's way of savoring the last morsel of every scene. (Review of Original Release)

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times