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Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) More at IMDbPro »C'era una volta il West (original title)

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Director:
Writers:
Sergio Donati (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
4 July 1969 (USA) 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 »
User Reviews:
Fonda's favorite, and mine too See more (564 total) »

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)
Joseph Bradley ... Train Station Master (uncredited)
Frank Braña ... Member of Frank's Gang Smoking Pipe at Auction (uncredited)
Marilù Carteny ... Mourner at Brett McBain's Funeral (uncredited)
Saturno Cerra ... Member of Frank's Gang 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)
Bill Crawley ... Railway Worker (uncredited)
Paolo Figlia ... Member of Frank's Gang (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 ... Patrick McBain (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 ... Unconfirmed Role (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 ... Member of Frank's Gang in Flashback (uncredited)
Umberto Morsella ... Member of Frank's Gang in Flashback (uncredited)
Al Mulock ... Knuckles - Member of Frank's Gang (uncredited)
Ricardo Palacios ... Morton's Train Conductor (uncredited)
Tullio Palmieri ... Flagstone Carpenter (uncredited)
Antonio Palombi ... Cattle Corner Station Agent (uncredited)
Renato Pinciroli ... First Bidder at Auction (uncredited)
Lorenzo Robledo ... 2nd Member of Cheyenne's Gang (uncredited)
Sandra Salvatori ... Mourner at Brett McBain's Funeral (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 ... Unconfirmed Role (uncredited)
Robert Spafford ... Construction Yard Owner (uncredited)
Benito Stefanelli ... Frank's Lieutenant (uncredited)
Luana Strode ... Indian Woman at Cattle Corner Station (uncredited)

Fabio Testi ... Member of Frank's Gang with Black Hat at Auction (uncredited)
Dino Zamboni ... Man in the Bar (uncredited)
Marco Zuanelli ... Wobbles (uncredited)

Directed by
Sergio Leone 
 
Writing credits
Sergio Donati (screenplay by) &
Sergio Leone (screenplay by)

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

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)
 
Visual Effects by
Carlo De Marchis .... miniature maker (uncredited)
 
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)
Angelo Novi .... still photographer (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 Di Alessandroni .... music performers (uncredited)
Franco De Gemini .... musician: harmonica solo (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ferruccio Amendola .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Manuel Amigo .... second production supervisor (uncredited)
Serena Canevari .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Roberto Chevalier .... voice dubbing: Stefano Imparato (uncredited)
Carlo D'Angelo .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Luciano De Ambrosis .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Manlio De Angelis .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Arturo Dominici .... voice dubbing: Michael Harvey (uncredited)
Corrado Gaipa .... voice dubbing: Frank Wolff (uncredited)
Lauro Gazzolo .... voice dubbing: Antonio Palombi (uncredited)
Nando Gazzolo .... voice dubbing: Henry Fonda (uncredited)
Joyce Gordon .... voice dubbing: Claudia Cardinale (english version) (uncredited)
Bernie Grant .... voice dubbing: Gabriele Ferzetti (english version) (uncredited)
Sergio Graziani .... voice dubbing: Aldo Sambrell (uncredited)
Oreste Lionello .... voice dubbing: Marco Zuanelli (uncredited)
Pino Locchi .... voice dubbing: Benito Stefanelli (uncredited)
Anna Rita Pasanisi .... voice dubbing: Simonetta Santaniello (uncredited)
Bruno Persa .... voice dubbing: Jack Elam (uncredited)
Mario Pisu .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Cesare Polacco .... voice dubbing: Lionel Stander (uncredited)
Giuseppe Rinaldi .... voice dubbing: Charles Bronson (uncredited)
Carlo Romano .... voice dubbing: Jason Robards (uncredited)
Giovanni Saccenti .... voice dubbing: Renato Pinciroli (uncredited)
Rita Savagnone .... voice dubbing: Claudia Cardinale (uncredited)
Stefano Sibaldi .... voice dubbing: Keenan Wynn (uncredited)
Benito Stefanelli .... master of arms (uncredited)
Sergio Tedesco .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Glauco Teti .... production secretary (uncredited)
Wanda Tettoni .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Renato Turi .... voice dubbing: Tullio Palmieri (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) | USA:145 min (theatrical version)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Dolby (2003 DVD release)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (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) | Germany:16 | 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:12 (video rating) (2011) | 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)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Henry Fonda prepared for his role as the villain "Frank" by arriving in Italy with a pair of brown colored contact lenses and a mustache. When Sergio Leone saw them, he ordered them removed. Leone had planned an important close-up shot of Frank's entrance and wanted the audience to instantly recognize Fonda with those blue eyes.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the very end of the movie, the camera pans back to show the complete scene of men working at the station. The train and carriage have come through the embankment 'cutting' and are passing through the new station. Then the scene cuts to a camera behind the 'cutting' and the train has only just passed through it.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Cattle Corner Station Agent:Hey. Hey-hey-hey-hey, if you want any tickets, you'll have to go around, eh, to, eh, the front of, eh, eh... oooh, well, I s'pose it'll be all right. The hell am *I* doin' around here if they walk in and can do as they damn please?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
Danny BoySee more »

FAQ

What is the sequence of events involving the ambush of Frank in Flagstone and Cheyenne's attack on Morton's train?
What are the differences between the International DVD Version and the Italian Version?
Is this movie based on a book?
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136 out of 238 people found the following review useful.
Fonda's favorite, and mine too, 15 January 1999
Author: anonymous from Glendale, Az

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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