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Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
"C'era una volta il West" (original title)

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

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Storyline

Story of a young woman, Mrs. McBain, who moves from New Orleans to frontier Utah, on the very edge of the American West. She arrives to find her new husband and family slaughtered, but by who? The prime suspect, coffee-lover Cheyenne, befriends her and offers to go after the real killer, assassin gang leader Frank, in her honor. He is accompanied by Harmonica on his quest to get even. Get-rich-quick subplots and intricate character histories intertwine with such artistic flair that this could in fact be the movie-to-end-all-movies. Written by DrGoodBeat

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harmonica | assassin | epic | widow | death | See more »

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There were three men in her life. One to take her... one to love her... and one to kill her.

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Rated PG-13 for western violence and brief sensuality | See all certifications »

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21 December 1968 (Italy)  »

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Once Upon a Time in the West  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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(international) | (1970)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Harmonica's unfortunate brother is played by the production manager Claudio Mancini. See more »

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During The Man's flashback which explains how he came to possess the harmonica, the harmonica changes from undamaged to damaged and back. See more »

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[first lines]
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Danny Boy
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Written by by Frederick Edward Weatherly
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Fonda's favorite, and mine too
15 January 1999 | by (Glendale, Az) – See all my reviews

There are few movies that can combine great directing, acting ,music, cinematography, and writing into one movie, but this one does. There are no weak points. Every scene is a piece of art. I know of no other film that affects the senses as this one. Henry Fonda said this was his favorite film and role. It's easy to see why. He created 1 of the great "bad guy" roles in history. In a side note, Leone wanted to put brown contacts in Fonda's eyes,("who ever saw a villain with blue eyes", Leone said), but Fonda wouldn't have it, and the effect is magic in the famous Leone close-ups. Bronson, Cardinale, and Robards are equally powerful, all have great lines and the camera loves them. Speaking of cameras, the visuals are stunning. There is nothing fancy about this movie. Raw power is what you see and feel. Simply the best western if not film ever made.


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