Once Upon a Time in the West ()

C'era una volta il West (original title)
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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.


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Jill McBain
Manuel 'Cheyenne' Gutiérrez
Morton - Railroad Baron
Stony - Member of Frank's Gang
Snaky - Member of Frank's Gang
Sheriff - Auctioneer
Brett McBain
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Livio Andronico ...
Bit part (uncredited)
Member of Cheyenne's Gang (uncredited)
Member of Frank's Gang Playing Poker (uncredited)
Joseph Bradley ...
Train Station Master (uncredited)
Member of Frank's Gang Smoking Pipe at Auction (uncredited)
Marilù Carteny ...
Mourner at Brett McBain's Funeral (uncredited)
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)
3rd Member of Cheyenne's Gang (uncredited)
Bill Crawley ...
Railway Worker (uncredited)
Paolo Figlia ...
Member of Frank's Gang (uncredited)
Jim - Member of Frank's Gang (uncredited)
Member of Frank's Gang in Flashback (uncredited)
Frank's Lieutenant (uncredited)
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)
Harmonica as a Boy (uncredited)
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)
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)
Cheyenne's Lieutenant (uncredited)
Vecino (uncredited)
Enzo Santaniello ...
Timmy McBain (uncredited)
Simonetta Santaniello ...
Maureen McBain (uncredited)
Claudio Scarchilli ...
Member of Frank's Gang (uncredited)
Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia ...
Sheriff's Deputy (uncredited)
Robert Spafford ...
Construction Yard Owner (uncredited)
Frank's Lieutenant (uncredited)
Luana Strode ...
Indian Woman at Cattle Corner Station (uncredited)
Member of Frank's Gang with Black Hat at Auction (uncredited)
Dino Zamboni ...
Man in the Bar (uncredited)
Wobbles (uncredited)

Directed by

Sergio Leone

Written by

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 (produced by)

Music by

Ennio Morricone ... (music composed by)

Cinematography by

Tonino Delli Colli ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Nino Baragli ... (edited by)

Editorial Department

Andreina Casini ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Carlo Reali ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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
Gilles Barberis ... audio restorer
Alessandro Biancani ... audio restorer
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)


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)

Music Department

Ennio Morricone ... music conducted by
Alessandro Alessandroni ... musician: whistle (uncredited)
Cantori Moderni Di Alessandroni ... music performers (uncredited)
Guido Cenciarelli ... musical assistant (uncredited)
Franco De Gemini ... musician: harmonica solo (uncredited)
Edda Dell'Orso ... soloist (uncredited)
Sergio Marcotulli ... music engineer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Serena Canevari ... script supervisor (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Ferruccio Amendola ... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Manuel Amigo ... second production 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: Joseph Bradley (uncredited)
Nando Gazzolo ... voice dubbing: Henry Fonda (uncredited)
Joyce Gordon ... voice dubbing: Claudia Cardinale (uncredited)
Bernie Grant ... voice dubbing: Gabriele Ferzetti (uncredited)
Sergio Graziani ... voice dubbing: Aldo Sambrell (uncredited)
Igino Lardani ... titles (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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Plot Summary

Jill McBain travels to the wild frontier; Utah - where she and her new husband planned to settle down. Upon arrival, she finds him and his children dead. There's a lot of land, and potential, but there's those who want to take it - at any cost. Even if it means killing a man and his kids. Written by DrGoodBeat

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Taglines There were three men in her life. One knew her past. One wanted her land. One wanted revenge. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Once Upon a Time in the West (United States)
  • There Was Once the West (United States)
  • Once Upon a Time in the West (World-wide, English title)
  • Once Upon a Time in the West (Europe, English title)
  • C'era Una Volta Il West (India, English title)
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  • 165 min
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Budget $5,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Henry Fonda originally turned down the role of Frank. Director Sergio Leone flew to the United States and met with Fonda, who asked why he was wanted for the film. Leone replied, "Picture this: the camera shows a gunman from the waist down pulling his gun and shooting a running child. The camera pans up to the gunman's face's Henry Fonda" (until then, with one exception, Fonda had only been cast in "good guy" roles. Leone wanted the audience to be shocked). See more »
Goofs Frank goes to Morton's train and finds that dead bodies are scattered around. But the train's fireman appears not to be bothered. The engine's safety valve opens frequently, which means that the fireman dutifully keeps doing his job and keeps the boiler at maximum pressure. (The fireman and the driver never appear in the movie, but they must be there.) See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Clock (2010). See more »
Soundtracks Danny Boy See more »
Crazy Credits The film's title does not appear until the end of the final scene. See more »
Quotes Harmonica: [facing three men] And Frank?
Snaky: Frank sent us.
Harmonica: Did you bring a horse for me?
Snaky: Well... looks like we're...
Snaky: ...looks like we're shy one horse.
Harmonica: [shaking head] You brought two too many.
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