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 on his quest to get even.

    - 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
  • The beautiful Jill McBain was married in New Orleans a month ago and arrives at her new husband's place to find him and his children dead. Also arriving in the area is a man known only as Harmonica. He's met by three gunmen, but soon disposes them. All the men - those at the McBains and the train depot - all wore long coats, known to be the trademark of local bandit Cheyenne and his men. It's clear that Frank, who works for a railroad baron who wants McBain's land, is trying to frame Cheyenne for the killing. Harmonica has his own reasons for seeking out Frank leading to a showdown.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • A prostitute leaves her job and town and comes to a part of the west with a long history of murder and avenge in order to marry the man she has fallen in love with. When she finds him murdered by a brutal murderer, Frank, she sicks help of an unknown harmonica player with a great talent of working with guns; whom has been looking for Frank himself for a long time and an unknown reason. While the Harmonica player continues hunting for Frank, another conman, Cheyenne is also killing Frank's people and looking for him because of his own reasons.

    - Written by J. S. Golden
  • 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


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

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