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

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A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.


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

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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

An additional treat is seeing Hollywood good guy Henry Fonda playing one of the nastiest curs in the West. Once Upon a Time in the West is one of the great films in cinema history. (8/30/2000 Review)

Metacritic review by Marjorie Baumgarten
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Leone brought back a masterpiece, a film that expands his baroque, cartoonish style into genuine grandeur, weaving dozens of thematic variations and narrative arabesques around a classical western foundation myth.(Review of Original Release)

Metacritic review by Dave Kehr
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader