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Once Upon a Time in the West
There were three men in her life. One to take her... one to love her... and one to kill her.
This classic western masterpiece is an epic film about a widow whose land and life are in danger as the railroad is getting closer and closer to taking them over. A mysterious harmonica player joins forces with a desperado to protect the woman and her land.
A true masterpiece in every sense of the word! The opening scene takes the mundane (sweaty gunslingers with weathered faces, dripping water, pesky fly and a rusty old windmill) and literally turns it into a work of art!
A western that's so real you can almost see the beard stubble grow by the minute and the sweat trickling from your screen!
Gorgeous cinematography with soundtracks ranging from glorious, to thrilling, to haunting! An all star cast as magnificent as the film itself! (Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Jason Robards, Claudia Cardinale)
As lusty as it is gutsy! A place and time when guns and grimaces did all of the talking!
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Although Sergio Leone never really made anything better or more entertaining than The Good, the Bad & the Ugly in my opinion, he did come incredibly close to repeating that cinematic feat with this spaghetti western epic. A stunning work of blazing originality & featuring precision craftsmanship in nearly all departments of filmmaking, Once Upon a Time in the West is western in its purest form that fuses breathtaking art into the legacy of Wild West unlike any other example before or after it.
The story revolves around a small chunk of land which is the region's only water source. The family that owns the land is slaughtered by Frank & his gang, after which the ownership transfers to Jill, the widow of…
Beautifully composed, shot, and told, Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in the West" is well deserving of its reputation as one of the best Westerns ever made. An epic story of lawlessness, vengeance, and the women and men conquering the untamed American west, Leone's film is meditative and gritty, sweeping and violent. It compels with its carefully composed aesthetic, archetypal-yet-specifically drawn characters, and grand themes.
Steeped in dirt, sweat, and stubble, Leone's film is made up of narrative threads well-known to genre fans. Murder, westward expansion, and frontier justice dominate the plot. The story focuses on a widow whose husband owned precious water rights near the town of Flagstone. With parties trying to forcibly rid the widow of her…
After the rousing success of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Leone has assembled himself the confidence that most filmmakers would have gained after at least a decade working within the medium; his next film would not push the boundaries and scale that was displayed in his transition from For a Few Dollars More to The Good , The Bad, and The Ugly, instead he finds himself taking a step back, slipping into the same approach that was executed in For a Few Dollars More, concentrated in the narrative rather than achieve the sensationalism that dripped the frames of his previous epic.
Indeed when compared to For a Few Dollars More, Once Upon a Time in the West achieves…
"Do you know anything about a guy going around playing the harmonica? He's someone you'd remember. Instead of talking, he plays. And when he better play, he talks."
What a pleasure it was for me to finally get to watch this masterpiece which I kept on putting off because of its nearly three hour runtime. I was blown away by Sergio Leone’s direction in The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, and that was the only film of his that I’d seen up to this point, but now I honestly can’t say which of the two films I prefer. This is perhaps a better film because it is set on a grander and epic scale, but perhaps not as entertaining…
Almost 50 years after it's release we're still guaranteed to be captivated by Once Upon a Time in the West's beautiful photography, the incredibly ambitious story, the untalkative ironic humor, the stylistic directing, the perfect ensemble cast and last but not least, Ennio Morricone's both grandiose and minimalist musical score. If there ever was a film that stood the test of time, without any signs of flaws, this is it.
Once Upon a Time in the West is - along side with The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - my favourite Sergio Leone western. It describes one of the most mythical eras in American history: The building of the Pacific Railroad.
As the thematic and manufacturing scale of the…
Top 250 #29 [IMDB]
One of the best western's ever made, with fantastic directing, acting, and beautiful scenery, Once Upon a Time in the West is a true classic. The story has four characters coming together on a plot of land where a now dead owner was going to build a town around a rail station. From there, the violence ramps up toward a slow, wonderful conclusion.
It has pretty much all the classic staples of a western. Despite not being as action-packed as most movies these days, the long portions of quiet and beautiful scenery give us a sense of the west and leave us wanting more. It's rare that a director can make such a quiet, dream-like film that leaves the viewer wanting to be part of that world.
Beautiful, serene, and overall excellent, Once Upon a Time in the West is a grand film.
Sergio Leone really doubling down on what made "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" work. A masterpiece.
Now I know where Quentin Tarantino learned how to create those awesome long, slow scenes with expertly-built tension, idiosyncratic touches, and an explosive climax.
Five stars does not do this movie justice!
The opening sequence alone is worth the price of admission.
This is pure epic filmmaking on every level, no dead weight, this film is lean.
Literally leaves me in awe every time I watch it!
I think that "from a story by Dario Argento, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Sergio Leone" might just be the most awesome credit in a movie, ever.
In questo film oltre agli uomini duri e crudi hanno inserito anche una figura femminile capace di dargli testa. Un film da guardare su un 50 pollici e in HD per riuscire appieno ad immergersi in questa natura selvaggia.
The Western to end all Westerns. Mythic and grand, the film seems to call back to every film ever made in the genre. Leone's style and Morricone's score work together better here than in any of their previous collaborations. Nothing short of awe-inspiring.
"They didn't have dollars in them days."
"But sons of bitches...yeah."