Once Upon a Time in the West Poster

Release Date: July 24th, 1997

DVD Release Date: November 18th, 2003

PG-13|2 hr 45 min

Plot Summary
There's a single piece of land around Flagstone with water on it, and rail baron Morton (Gabriele Ferzetti) aims to have it, knowing the new railroad will have to stop there. He sends his henchman Frank (Henry Fonda) to scare the land's owner, McBain (Frank Wolff), but Frank kills him instead and pins it on a known bandit, Cheyenne (Jason Robards). Meanwhile, a mysterious gunslinger with a score to settle (Charles Bronson) and McBain's new wife, Jill (Claudia Cardinale), arrive in town.

Cast: Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson, Jason Robards, Frank Wolff, Gabriele Ferzetti, Keenan Wynn, Paolo Stoppa

Director: Sergio Leone

Genres: Western

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Sergio Leone's masterpiece. In Once Upon a Time in the West, Leone pulls together all the themes, characterizations, visuals, humor, and musical experiments of the three "Dollars" films and comes up with a true epic western. It is a stunning, operatic film of breadth, detail, and stature that deserves to be considered among the greatest westerns ever made. (Review of Original Release) show more

  • Good fun, especially if you like Leone's way of savoring the last morsel of every scene. (Review of Original Release) show more

  • Alas, the big screen also magnifies the problems with Once Upon a Time in the West. Specifically, Leone’s insistence on style trumped the need for substance. The film is basically a B-Western stretched an agonizing 165 minutes. show more

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