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Director:
Writers:
Sergio Leone (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
21 December 1968 (Italy) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
There were three men in her life. One to take her... one to love her... and one to kill her.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Claudia Cardinale ... Jill McBain

Henry Fonda ... Frank

Jason Robards ... Cheyenne

Charles Bronson ... Harmonica

Gabriele Ferzetti ... Morton - Railroad Baron
Paolo Stoppa ... Sam

Woody Strode ... Stony - Member of Frank's Gang

Jack Elam ... Snaky - Member of Frank's Gang

Keenan Wynn ... Sheriff - Auctioneer
Frank Wolff ... Brett McBain

Lionel Stander ... Barman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Livio Andronico ... Bit part (uncredited)
Salvatore Basile ... Member of Cheyenne's Gang (uncredited)
Aldo Berti ... Member of Frank's Gang Playing Poker (uncredited)
Frank Braña ... Member of Frank's Gang Smoking Pipe at Auction (uncredited)
Marilù Carteny ... Extra (uncredited)
Saturno Cerra ... Hired Gun on Train (uncredited)
Luigi Ciavarro ... Older Sheriff's Deputy (uncredited)
Spartaco Conversi ... Member of Frank's Gang Shot Through Boot (uncredited)
Bruno Corazzari ... 3rd Member of Cheyenne's Gang (uncredited)
Paolo Figlia ... (uncredited)
John Frederick ... Jim - Member of Frank's Gang (uncredited)
Don Galloway ... Member of Frank's Gang in Flashback (uncredited)
Michael Harvey ... Frank's Lieutenant (uncredited)
Robert Hossein ... Member of Frank's Gang in Flashback (uncredited)
Stefano Imparato ... (uncredited)
Francesca Leone ... Girl at Flagstone Station (uncredited)
Raffaella Leone ... Girl at Flagstone Station (uncredited)
Frank Leslie ... Member of Frank's Gang in Flashback (uncredited)
Luigi Magnani ... (uncredited)
Claudio Mancini ... Harmonica's Brother (uncredited)
Dino Mele ... Harmonica as a Boy (uncredited)
Antonio Molino Rojo ... Member of Frank's Gang at Auction (uncredited)
Enrico Morsella ... (uncredited)
Umberto Morsella ... (uncredited)
Al Mulock ... Knuckles - Member of Frank's Gang (uncredited)
Ricardo Palacios ... Morton's Train Conductor (uncredited)
Tullio Palmieri ... Flagstone Carpenter (uncredited)
Antonio Palombi ... Station agent (uncredited)
Renato Pinciroli ... First Bidder at Auction (uncredited)
Lorenzo Robledo ... 2nd Member of Cheyenne's Gang (uncredited)
Sandra Salvatori ... (uncredited)

Aldo Sambrell ... Cheyenne's Lieutenant (uncredited)
Conrado San Martín ... Vecino (uncredited)
Enzo Santaniello ... Timmy McBain (uncredited)
Simonetta Santaniello ... Maureen McBain (uncredited)
Claudio Scarchilli ... Member of Frank's Gang (uncredited)
Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia ... (uncredited)
Robert Spafford ... Construction Yard Owner (uncredited)
Benito Stefanelli ... Small Role (uncredited)
Luana Strode ... Indian Woman (uncredited)

Fabio Testi ... Member of Frank's Gang with Black Hat at Auction (uncredited)
Dino Zamboni ... (uncredited)
Marco Zuanelli ... Wobbles (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sergio Leone 
 
Writing credits
Sergio Leone (screenplay) &
Sergio Donati (screenplay)

Dario Argento (from a story by) &
Bernardo Bertolucci (from a story by) &
Sergio Leone (from a story by)

Mickey Knox (dialogue: English version)

Produced by
Bino Cicogna .... executive producer
Fulvio Morsella .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Tonino Delli Colli (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Nino Baragli (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Carlo Simi (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Carlo Simi (sets by)
Rafael Ferri (uncredited)
Carlo Leva (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Carlo Simi (costumes by)
Antonella Pompei (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Alberto De Rossi .... makeup supervision
Giannetto De Rossi .... makeup
Grazia De Rossi .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Claudio Mancini .... production manager
Ugo Tucci .... production supervisor
Camillo Teti .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Giancarlo Santi .... first assistant director
Adolfo Aristarain .... assistant director (uncredited)
Salvatore Basile .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Antonio Palombi .... assistant production designer (uncredited)
Enrico Simi .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Fausto Ancillai .... sound engineer
Luciano Anzellotti .... sound effects (as Luciano Anzilotti)
Roberto Arcangeli .... sound effects
Italo Cameracanna .... sound effects
Claudio Maielli .... sound engineer
Elio Pacella .... sound engineer
 
Special Effects by
Eros Bacciucchi .... special effects (as Bacciucchi)
 
Stunts
John Landis .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Franco Di Giacomo .... camera operator (uncredited)
Roberto Forges Davanzati .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Giuseppe Lanci .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marilù Carteny .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Andreina Casini .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Carlo Reali .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ennio Morricone .... conductor
Alessandro Alessandroni .... musician: whistle (uncredited)
Cantori Moderni .... music performers (uncredited)
Franco De Gemini .... musician: harmonica solo (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Manuel Amigo .... second production supervisor (uncredited)
Serena Canevari .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Roberto Chevalier .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Corrado Gaipa .... voice dubbing: Frank Wolff (uncredited)
Lauro Gazzolo .... voice dubbing: Josef Egger (uncredited)
Nando Gazzolo .... voice dubbing: Henry Fonda (uncredited)
Anna Rita Pasanisi .... voice dubbing: Simonetta Santaniello (uncredited)
Bruno Persa .... voice dubbing: Jack Elam (uncredited)
Cesare Polacco .... voice dubbing: Lionel Stander (uncredited)
Giuseppe Rinaldi .... voice dubbing: Charles Bronson (uncredited)
Carlo Romano .... voice dubbing: Jason Robards (uncredited)
Rita Savagnone .... voice dubbing: Claudia Cardinale (uncredited)
Stefano Sibaldi .... voice dubbing: Keenan Wynn (uncredited)
Benito Stefanelli .... master of arms (uncredited)
Glauco Teti .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"C'era una volta il West" - Italy (original title)
"There Was Once the West" - USA (literal English title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for western violence and brief sensuality (Mpaa re-rating) (2003)
Runtime:
Italy:175 min | 165 min (international version) | Finland:137 min (1970)
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) (re-rating) (2004) | Finland:K-15 (uncut) (2003) | Finland:K-16 (heavily cut) (1969) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Spain:12 (2010) | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2000) | UK:15 (video rating) (1989) | UK:A (1969) (cut) | USA:M (original rating) | USA:PG-13 (Mpaa re-rating) (2003) | USA:PG (re-rating) (1969) | West Germany:16 (f)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
After completing the Dollars trilogy (Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)), Sergio Leone didn't want to do another western and began working on Once Upon a Time in America (1984). However, after the huge success of the Dollars Trilogy in the States in 1967 Leone wanted to produce films in the United States and he began selling the idea for Once Upon a Time in America, but studios wouldn't let him do it until he made another Western for them. After thinking about it, Leone concluded that he should do another trilogy which begins with Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), develops into Duck, You Sucker (1971), and ends with Once Upon a Time in America (1984). "Three historical periods which toughened America."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The shadows change direction between cuts throughout the gunfight scene between Frank and Harmonica.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Station agent:Hey - hey hey hey hey, if you want any tickets, you'll have to go around to, eh, to, eh, the front of the, eh... oooh, well, I s'pose it'll be all right.
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Movie Connections:
References The Bravados (1958)See more »
Soundtrack:
Danny BoySee more »

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559 out of 674 people found the following review useful.
No western has ever come close to this one....and no western ever will., 23 June 2002
Author: daniken (rcp@planet.nl) from Leiden, Netherlands

I can't quite find the words to even come close to describing the pure brilliance of this movie. When this movie was made, the western genre was dominated by the big hollywood studios. The western was taken by these studios and transformed into an opportunity to portray classic superheroes like John Wayne and Burt Lancaster in their fight against all sorts of smalltime crooks and outlaws in smalltime stories and smalltime towns. It was a genuine effort to portray 'Americanism', the American Way, along with a romanticised view of the west as 'Frontier country' where good always triumphed over bad and where the life was hard but honest. It was the American Way.

And then came this film. The title, 'Once Upon A Time In The West' must have seemed to mean nothing more than 'just another western' to the unexpecting viewers at the time. Oh boy were they wrong. With this movie, Sergio Leone singlehandedly redefined the western genre and no American western would ever match the brilliant spirit in which it was made. While the story is basically the same as in any other western, it is the WAY in which it is presented that so clearly distances this western from others. Whereas other westerns are simply stories that are designed to entertain, this movie is an emotional masterpiece that will move your heart. Sergio Leone takes the ordinary western and replaces words with looks, and conversations with feelings and emotions. With his brutal but honest portrayal of the sheer hardness of life and death in those times he thoroughly destroys the old romantic idea of the west as a 'generally-hunky-dory-kind-of-scene with the occasional bad guy and indian' and replaces it with an eerie, dark, hot and dry place where life is cheap and only the strongest will survive.

I cannot adequately convey in words the way in which Sergio Leone deepens and defines the characters by pure means of visual persuasion. It starts with the three gunman in the beginning of the movie, waiting for some reason at a train station for someone or something that obviously is going to be on the next train. No explanation, no conversation; not a word is said. Even the stationmaster is ushered into captivity without a single audible threat. Then comes the waiting... Any other director would have skipped directly to the moment of arrival, but Sergio Leone takes minutes of boredom and translates it into a visual feast, deepening the characters that are portrayed and making them more human, more real to the viewer, while at the same time encompassing us with a deep dark sense of foreboding. This way in which the story is not just augmented but in times completely replaced by the sheer visual drama, is perfected by the absolute fantastic music, directed by Ennio Morricone. Who needs words and explanations when the combined forces of cinematic mastery and heart-tearing music are not just able to carry the story, but pick it up and push it up to such heights of excellence that it has no equal in it's genre?

Another great feat that adds to the power of this movie is the minimalistic way of portrayal of the characters as real, emotional people. Not a single word is said that isn't required for the understanding of the story, yet the characters feel more true than those in movies where whole conversations are added merely to explain their motives. Instead of words, the camera focuses on the characters...so that you can simply read the emotion off their faces. Often no explanation is given other than than a mere facial expression. No superheroes or supercriminals, just real, desire-laden, traumatised, obsessed people that act upon motives inherently understood by the viewer.

All in all this is without a single doubt in my mind the greatest western of all times, and even though Sergio Leone has made many more mindblowing, heart-shattering westerns like this one, like 'A Fistful of Dynamite', 'The Good The Bad and The Ugly', and 'For a Few Dollars More', none could equal 'Once Upon A Time In The West' in sheer magnitude of perfection. Western has never been the same since....

I only wish I'd have been there in 1969 when the movie was new and see it, for the first time with fresh innocent eyes and an unexpecting mind..just like 2001: A Space Odyssey (also of 1969, a year of legends).

A tip for those who have never seen this movie: Bribe, beg, borrow, or steal yourself into possession of a Videobeam and Hifi-audio equipment if you can't find a cinema that is showing this movie. Turn the audio up WAY HIGH (never mind the neighbors) and prepare never to be the same again.........

I (obviously) gave this movie a 10 because no matter how hard I try I can't find anything less than perfect about it.

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