Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) - Plot Summary Poster

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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 whom? 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, a man already on a quest to get even.

    - Written by DrGoodBeat / edited by statmanjeff
  • The sprawling railways are reaching the far-west, and somewhere along its way, in a small border town, the paths of four characters are going to cross and clash: a young woman looking for a fresh start, an outlaw on the run for a crime he (this time) didn't commit, a ruthless killer on the payroll of a railroad tycoon, and a mysterious man with no name who plays a couple of sad chords on a harmonica and a few cadences on his revolver.

    - Written by Azeitonascomchantili / edited by statmanjeff
  • The beautiful Jill McBain, married in New Orleans a month ago, arrives at her new husband's place to find him and his children dead. Also new to the area, a man known only as Harmonica (met by three gunmen whom he soon dispatches). All the men - those at the McBains and the train depot - wore long coats, a trademark of local bandit Cheyenne and his gang, but it's Frank, who works for a railroad baron, who wants McBain's land and is trying to frame Cheyenne for the killing. Harmonica has his own reasons for seeking Frank, leading to a showdown.

    - Written by garykmcd / edited by statmanjeff
  • A prostitute leaves her job and town to come to a part of the west with a long history of violence and avarice in order to join her new husband. When she finds him brutally murdered by a unknown assailant (Frank), she gets help from a mysterious harmonica player with a great talent for working with guns. He knows it's Frank, whom he's already been looking for himself for a long time (for an undisclosed purpose). While "Harmonica" continues his hunt for Frank, another outlaw, Cheyenne, also seeks Frank, killing his people to find him for his own reasons.

    - Written by J. S. Golden / revised by statmanjeff
  • A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad in this long frontier epic. Mysterious pasts and the strength of loyalties are explored amid lightning fast gun battles and stylish vistas.

    - Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>
  • 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.

    - Written by Anonymous


In the desert Southwest of America during the waning days of the Old West, three gunmen ( ...

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