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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
When Harmonica arrives at the McBain ranch and plays his harmonica at night, he lights a match, which is shot out by Mrs. McBain. In the shot of Harmonica the next day when he confronts Mrs. McBain, he has a cut on his left cheek from the earlier night with the gunshot. In all following scenes, the wound has disappeared. See more »
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Sergio Leone's director credit swings down in an arc as if to stop the train. See more »
There's two things that stand out to me always about this movie, and
indeed about all of Sergio Leone's movies. One is his understanding of
pacing events, and the other is using his actors/actresses to actually
When you see Claudia Cardinale riding up to the ranch, all you see is
her face, but you can tell instantly what she is looking at and
everything she's feeling. You know Henry Fonda's the bad guy, but when
he smiles faintly at the young boy, you feel there's something more to
him, a personality and human qualities, even if he is evil.
The final shoot-out itself is a masterpiece. The two protagonists say
nothing, but as they face off the music lets you know the moment as
come. As they stand ready the scene that's been hinted at throughout
the movie plays out like a dream, revealing what the whole story was
about. Then, without warning, they draw and fire. Just as in real life,
it's over before you notice it.
What today's movies lack is how quickly they cater to MTV video
inspired nonstop action and endless clichés. The bad and good guy duke
it it out, the violence is so extreme that no human could actually
survive it, and always just when you think the bad guy is dead he gets
back up for one last shot. How much I wish today's film makers would
learn Leone's lesson about TIMING, and let suspense build rather than
force it in.
The music score, which had certain pieces and sections for various
moods and to signify the main characters, is one of my favorites. Even
if Clint Eastwood wasn't in it, Charles Bronson fills the role of the
mysterious stranger and adds his own elements to the character.
How I wish they still made movies like this
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