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

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Synopsis

Directed by Sergio Leone, this epic Western re-established the genre, and still stands as one of the greatest, artistic films of all time. Henry Fonda stars as Frank, a ruthless murderous psychopath who feels no remorse, even after annihilating Mrs. McBain's (Claudia Cardinale) entire family. Charles Bronson plays The Man, a harmonica wielding loner who will never forget how his brother was savagely tortured. The Man joins forces with Cheyenne (Jason Robards), the man wrongfully accused of murdering Mrs. McBain's family, to put an end once and for all to Frank's reign of terror.

Cast

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

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • 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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Goofs

  • As Frank and his gang ride away from the train, tire tracks are visible in the dirt.
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Quotes

    • Harmonica: Your friends have a high mortality rate, Frank. First three, then two.
    • Frank: So, YOU'RE the one who makes appointments.
    • Harmonica: And you're the one who doesn't keep 'em.
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Metacritic

88

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
LarsenOnFilm
63

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