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Once Upon a Time in the West (21-Dec-1968)

Original Title: C'era una volta il West

Director: Sergio Leone

Writers: Dario Argento; Bernardo Bertolucci; Sergio Donati; Sergio Leone

Music Composed and Conducted by: Ennio Morricone

Producer: Fulvio Morsella

Keywords: Spaghetti Western

A woman's family is murdered by orders of a railroad baron who coverts their land for its water. The widow comes to claim her property; a man with a harmonica stalks the assassin for his own personal reasons. Sergio Leone's finest western. Entered into the National Film Registry in 2009.

"OUATITW in particular is a huge and wonderfully vulgar overstatement of the already overstated archetypes of American film westerns. In this movie gunshots seem as loud as atomic blasts; close-ups seem to go on for minutes at a stretch, gunfights for hours; and the streets of Leone's peculiar little Western towns all seem as wide as freeways." -- Stephen King

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Charles Bronson
3-Nov-1921 30-Aug-2003 Death Wish
Claudia Cardinale
15-Apr-1938   Once Upon a Time in the West
Jack Elam
13-Nov-1918 20-Oct-2003 The Sundowners
Henry Fonda
16-May-1905 12-Aug-1982 12 Angry Men
Jason Robards
26-Jul-1922 26-Dec-2000 All The President's Men
Lionel Stander
11-Jan-1908 30-Nov-1994 Chauffer Max on Hart to Hart
Woody Strode
28-Jul-1914 31-Dec-1994 Sergeant Rutledge
Keenan Wynn
27-Jul-1916 14-Oct-1986 Col. Bat Guano in Dr. Strangelove


Claudia Cardinale   ...   Jill McBain
Henry Fonda   ...   Frank
Jason Robards   ...   Cheyenne
Charles Bronson   ...   Harmonica
Gabriele Ferzetti   ...   Morton
Paolo Stoppa   ...   Sam
Guest Stars
Woody Strode   ...   Stony
Jack Elam   ...   Snaky
Keenan Wynn   ...   Sheriff
Frank Wolff   ...   Brett McBain
Lionel Stander   ...   Bartender


Review by Sheron Phelps (posted on 14-Mar-2008)

This is perhaps the best western movie I have ever seen. Aside from the fact that it brings together some of the finest actors available (including amazing character actors Woody Strode and Jack Elam), the costumes, the scenery and the action are amazing! To my knowledge, this is the only role where Henry Fonda plays a "super baddie" and he does it so well that it makes me wonder why he's never been cast as a heavy before this. The musical score completes the whole presentation and offers the viewer a truly exciting viewing experience. This movie is one that I visit at least once a year.

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