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MMDan's avatar


"How can you trust a man who wears both a belt and suspenders? The man can't even trust his own pants."
9 years 4 months ago
MrArmistice's avatar


This film was incredible. I think this was Leone at his most confident. That opening scene is ballsy, almost 10 minutes with no dialogue, practically total silence and it's captivating. He shot this movie like a boss. Instant favorite of mine.
13 years 1 month ago
Darkness_prevails's avatar


Morricone makes Leone so much better. Great movie.
13 years ago
LMTR14's avatar


doesn´t get much better than this one. oh wait it does: the good, the bad and the ugly!
10 years 7 months ago
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8 years 8 months ago
bulmer's avatar


Damn that was the most intense opening of any movie I've seen in a long time. The first 15 minutes had me hooked...spoiler.
9 years 1 month ago
Siskoid's avatar


It was interesting to me just how much Sergio Leone puts a film together just like Tarantino does, making a twisted collage of things he'd admired in other films. I think that's how Once Upon a Time in the West can be at once the most iconic western ever, and yet be so fresh and inventive. The plot about a railroad baron and an important plot of land involves a beautiful widow (Claudia Cardinale) and three gunslingers (a black as death Henry Fonda, a soulful Jason Robards, and stealing the show with a minimalist performance as the Man with No Name, Charles Bronson), and manages to be at once a love letter to the western film tradition and a critique of its values. Apparently, the script only had about 15 pages of dialog, so it is minimalist indeed, playing on silences, exaggerated sound, and music. It's an incredibly visual film, and the characters only open their mouths when they have something particularly awesome to say. Shame about the dub over Italian and Spanish actors, the voice-over artists aren't very good and certainly don't have the right accents, but that's a small defect in an otherwise grand opera. Just wonderful.
8 years 11 months ago
DisneyStitch's avatar


More or less the ultimate Western movie. Everything is present that Westerns focus on like the wide open landscapes, the grittyness, the "wild west" roughness, etc. Surprisingly not as much gunfighting as say The Wild Bunch, but it's well planned out. It does drag on a bit at almost 3 hours long, don't go into it expecting a short and quick western movie by any means. Back when I first watched this it was my 2nd movie seeing Henry Fonda so the shock of him being a villain was lost on me. Re-watching it again it must have been really fun for him, he pulls it off in spades.
10 years 1 month ago
ClassicLady's avatar


Although intriguing and beautifully photographed, the plot/storyline was a little confusing for me. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out who the good guys and the bad guys were and when they were jumping sides. Still, between the overly long staring into space close-ups and the long length, I can honestly say I was captivated during most of the movie. For someone like me who is not a big Western fan, that's saying a lot.
10 years 3 months ago
Mayooran's avatar


Fantastic Movie.
11 years ago
vmunda's avatar


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 !
11 years 5 months ago
rvandam's avatar


This was definitely better than the good, bad and the ugly. The characters are more defined and their motivations more discernable (although it might take a few hours into the movie before you really know that). That and a plot that is actually intelligent and intelligible makes for a watchable western for non-western fans like myself (the long running time notwithstanding).
11 years 10 months ago
Serehrenfest's avatar


IMHO too much of interminable foregrounds and harmonica scenes. The movie would have been better if it was shorter. It deserve to be seen once.
4 years 10 months ago
Andrewski's avatar


Some great cinematography and silences by Leone, great score by Morricone, but the pacing was just too slow for me to get attached. I got lost in the second act and couldn't enjoy the third as much. I prefer the Dollars Trilogy though there is plenty to enjoy here.
7 years 2 months ago
IreneAdler's avatar


Movie geek that I am, I'm a bit ashamed to admit that I only just saw this film for the very first time! Thought it was a movie you just had to watch at least once... and I didn't regret it.

Wonderful actors, fascinating faces and charisma. Director Sergio Leone really did amazing work here... loved how he uses silence to build the tension or create a mood. And of course the soundtrack by Ennio Morricone is absolutely beautiful. Very powerful and emotional.

Funny moments, great pictures, wonderful acting. I have a soft spot for Cheyenne in particular ;)

Don't know how often I'll rewatch it but it's definitely a must-see for anyone with a keen interest in movies.
8 years 1 month ago

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