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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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5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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A Potpourri of Vestiges Review: A piquant cocktail of style and substance in equal parts See more (526 total) »

Cast

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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 .... music conducted by
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:
The Indian woman who flees from the train station in the opening sequence was actually played by a Hawaiian princess, Luukialuana (Luana) Kalaeloa (aka Luana Strode). She was the wife of actor Woody Strode.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
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:
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FAQ

What does Frank mean when he says "keep your loving brother happy" to the young Harmonica before he puts the harmonica into his mouth?
What is the sequence of events involving the ambush of Frank in Flagstone and Cheyenne's attack on Morton's train?
Is this movie based on a book?
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58 out of 87 people found the following review useful.
A Potpourri of Vestiges Review: A piquant cocktail of style and substance in equal parts, 4 March 2010
Author: Murtaza Ali from India

Once Upon a Time in the West (OUTW) is a piquant cocktail of style and substance in equal parts, potent enough to catapult the viewer into a whirlpool of incessant excitement transcending him beyond the usual realms of an adrenaline rush. Vintage Leone, OUTW is inarguably the best Western ever made and undoubtedly features amongst the very best works of cinema, period. Leone incredibly surpasses the brilliance of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (TGTBTU) with OUTW by blending his favorite theme of Greed with that of Revenge. The only thing that TGTBTU lacked was the presence of a strong female character and Leone more than makes up for it in OUTW. Its eccentric yet consummate plot revolves around a female protagonist, thereby revolutionizing the very tenets associated with the genre where machismo and chivalry had solely held sway, hitherto.

OUTW is a juxtaposition of the lives of five individuals, viz. Harmonica - a mysterious stranger, Cheyenne – a notorious desperado, Frank – a ruthless assassin, Jill – a beautiful widow with an obscure past, and Morton – a railroad baron, whose motives inevitably make them cross each other's paths albeit through an act of fate.

Henry Fonda is a revelation as the cold-blooded assassin, a portrayal that is remarkably contrasting to his usual 'good guy' on-screen image. He goes about his business with a sublime touch of feral grandeur that makes him equally chilling and fascinating as 'Frank'.

Charles Bronson plays his part with utmost conviction and incredibly manages to conjure up an element of mystery in his portrayal that not only brings 'Harmonica' to life, but also gives it a very distinct identity despite Harmonica's conspicuous similarities with Eastwood's 'Man with no name'.

The role of 'Cheyenne' is played with equal brilliance by Jason Robards. He has taken care of the various subtleties and nuances to such an extent that he perfectly fits into the shoes of notorious, yet likable, 'Cheyenne'.

Claudia Cardinale is ravishing as the beautiful, yet vulnerable, 'Jill McBain'. She has fully justified the trust shown by Leone in casting her and by Bertolucci in penning down a strong feminine part in a Western. She truly entrances the viewers with her mystifying pulchritude and enigmatic charm. She meticulously highlights the flaws in Jill's character while also managing to depict the elements of tenacity and grit which represent the true spirit of femininity.

Gabriele Ferzetti is quite effective in his cameo as the crippled railroad baron, 'Morton'. He suffers from the tuberculosis of bones and each passing day brings him closer to his end, thereby further intensifying his desperate urge to fulfill his far-fetched ambition of taking the railroad to the Atlantic. He truly represents a man worthy of achieving the impossible, unfortunately cut short by his haplessness. Despite the inhuman and unjust means adopted by him to fulfill his naked ambition, one finds it excruciatingly hard to derive pleasure from his perpetual plight and eventual doom.

Contrary to the popular belief, the slow pace of the movie and laconism in dialogue pose no impediment to the viewing and in fact this deliberate pacing enormously adds to the detail and beauty of the movie, and also helps in brewing the desired level of tension before it is finally punctuated suddenly with quick bursts of action.

Tonino Delli Colli's cinematography is vividly descriptive and has elements which have become his and Leone's trademarks like the extreme close-ups, the quick panning of the terrain, the rotating camera shots etc.

The haunting score written yet again by the master composer, Ennio Morricone enhances the grandeur of the movie tenfold. If Leone's direction and Colli's cinematography are the backbone of the movie, then undoubtedly Morricone's plaintive score is its heart and soul. The surreal score has shades of melancholy, intrigue, and romance that become more obvious with each passing moment. The music features leitmotifs (a melodic phrase that accompanies the reappearance of a character) that relate to each of the main characters (each with their own unique theme music). The soundtrack to the opening scene is a creative orchestration of ordinary sounds like that of the dripping water, the clicking of a telegraph, a buzzing fly, and the screech of a windmill after Morricone experienced a musical performance created by the medley of these sounds. This created an exaggerated version of what had come to be known as 'Spaghetti sound'.

OUTW is a magnum opus unparalleled in direction, screenplay, cinematography and music. With its slower pace and relatively somber theme (compared to Leon's previous works), Leone managed to transform his image of a satirical showman into that of an accomplished auteur capable of producing much profound works. OUTW also served as the harbinger for Leone's surrealistic masterpiece, 'Once Upon a Time in America'.

P.S: OUTW is an absorbing masterpiece; an absolute gem of a movie and a must watch for those who understand the true meaning of 'A Timeless Masterpiece', and are willing to indulge themselves completely through the whole length of the movie. 10/10

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