Once Upon A Time in the West

DVD - 2003
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Once Upon A Time in the West
Frank is a ruthless murderous psychopath who suffers no conscience pangs after annihilating an entire family and a half-breed is falsely accused of the terrible slaughter. A member of the family, The Man, remembers how his brother was savagely tortured.


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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. A Sergio Leone's classic, and listed by Quentin Tarantino as one of the top 20 Spaghetti Westerns.

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Mar 11, 2015
  • catmchardy rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The movie had good stars but it droned on and I wasn't very impressed.

Jan 23, 2015
  • pol rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Just simply one of the greatest films ever made. Its over the top opera, its political history, its personal revenge fantasy, its an encyclopedia of film history, its slow burn-sudden finish action, its erotic scantily clad movie stars, its incredible cinematography and music, its lack of exposition dialogue, its macho without shame. One of the best.

Aug 05, 2014
  • iloveyprl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This movie is sublime - it is simply one of the best.

Jan 20, 2014
  • WALTER ALLAN KUCIEJ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is my favorite western. Epic in scope, operatic in the music and plot, with a message of both revenge (Harmonica), and redemption (Cheyenne). Superb acting from a great cast.Truly a masterpiece of the genre, and worth watching the uncut version.

Apr 29, 2013
  • tj_is_cool rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Kind of long but well-made Western classic.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A languid, epic Spaghetti Western co-written by the master, Sergio Leone, and Sergio Donati, from a story devised by Leone, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Dario Argento. Signature score with a '60s flavor (fuzz guitar, harmonica) from his quintessential film music maestro, Ennio Morricone. John Ford-esque visuals in Monument Valley by cinematographer Tonino Delli Colli. Fonda was delightfully evil -- the only film I'm aware of with him cast as a villain. Bronson, the antihero, tough as nails, man, a steely eyed bulldog. Claudia Cardinale: delectable. Leone's directing just simply demonstrated exceptional ability and vision. He breathed new life into the Western genre. They broke the mold after him. One of a kind. FIVE STARS.

Feb 10, 2012
  • weeee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Along with 'Shane' perhaps the best western made. And the actors' very laconic interplay during the first 10 minutes of the movie (up to the shootout with Bronson) is brilliant directing by Sergio.

Although 165 minutes long, you'll be enjoying the movie too much to notice.

Jan 30, 2012
  • Michael rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In the top 3 of my all-time favourite westerns!!!

Jan 13, 2012
  • joseph rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good - Wonderfully filmed western by Sergio Leone shines with an incredible score by Ennio Morricone. May be a little long for some but it's the long shots that stands out from the rest.

Mar 28, 2011
  • lasfoca rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent. That is all I can say. One of my favorite films

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Snaky (at the train station with two gunslingers, and three horses): "Frank sent us." Harmonica: "Did you bring a horse for me?" Snaky: "Well... looks like we're... (snickers) ...looks like we're shy one horse." Harmonica: "You brought two too many."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Harmonica: "I saw three of these dusters a short time ago, they were waiting for a train. Inside the dusters, there were three men." Cheyenne: "So?" Harmonica: "Inside the men, there were three bullets."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Cheyenne: "You know, Jill, you remind me of my mother. She was the biggest whore in Alameda and the finest woman that ever lived. Whoever my father was, for an hour or for a month -- he must have been a happy man."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Frank: "How can you trust a man who wears both a belt and suspenders? The man can't even trust his own pants."

Jul 24, 2009
  • DavidB rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

People like that have something inside... something to do with death.


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