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

Plot Summary

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

    - Written by Azeitonascomchantili
  • 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 is explored amid lightning fast gun battles and stylish vistas.

    - Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>
  • Frank, a gunslinger, is hired by the powerful owner of a railroad conglomerate to kill anyone who derails the project. But Frank contends with the wrong person when he murders Brett, a landowner. After his death, Brett's wife demands revenge, hiring 2 renegades to go after Frank.

    - Written by pmmom38
  • 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

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

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