Once Upon a Time in the West

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

Keywords: Underdog , Wife , Revenge , Quest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Josh LarsenLarsenOnFilm

    It’s probably unwise to come to Leone looking for too much in the way of feminism. Instead, Once Upon a Time in the West offers quintessential examples of the things he was better known for, including another blustery Ennio Morricone score. Visually, he mostly vacillates between extreme close-ups of intense faces and vast widescreen compositions, a technique that is lurching but also luridly beautiful. show more

  • 63
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

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

  • 100
    TV Guide Magazine

    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

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