Once Upon a Time in the West
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

In Sergio Leone's epic Western, shot partly in Monument Valley, a revenge story becomes an epic contemplation of the Western past. To get his hands on prime railroad land in Sweetwater, crippled railroad baron Morton (Gabriele Ferzetti)… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 21, 1968
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A landmark Sergio Leone spaghetti western masterpiece featuring a classic Morricone score.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

There is something touching and maniacal about the two-and-three-quarter- hour result.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Leone (1921-1989) is here at the peak of his epic powers.

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Michael Mirasol
Movie Mezzanine

Once Upon a Time in the West is the mythic Western; an ode to the end of its era.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

'Once Upon a Time...' now looks like an over-cooked mess of style, metaphor and reference.

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Chuck Stephens
Village Voice

If only the first 10 minutes of Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West still existed, this most hyperbolic of oat operas would still be acknowledged as one of the genre's greatest exhumations.

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Glenn Dunks

Gunslingers, one-road towns, horse and buggies... Once Upon a Time in the West has them all, and spread across a sprawling near three hour running time that is as punishing on the ol' rickety knees as it is rewarding to the eyes.

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Time Out

The Western is dead - or so they tell us. Long live Leone's timeless monument to the death of the West itself, rivalled only by Peckinpah's Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid for the title of best ever made.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It is mostly fun for the way it cherishes movie styles and attitudes from the past.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Leone shows his skills with superb mastery over the medium.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Leone's ultimate Western is this classic operatic elegy for the dying genre - a perfect masterclass of cinema with unforgettable scenes from beginning to… More
Graham Jones
The first scene of this film is maybe the greatest opening of all time, Morricone's music and Leone's camera combine for a truly operatic movie… More
JY Skacto
Sergio Leone goes a long way with <i>Once Upon a Time in the West</i>. Perhaps too long.</p><p><i>Once Upon a Time in the… More
Alex roy
Sergio Leone has long mastered the art of the Western, but with Once Upon A Time In The West, his talents have culminated and he created the greatest western… More
familiar stranger
I'd maintain that westerns are not specifically my cup of tea, and I'd also maintain that, occasionally, I do enjoy them. Its music is remarkable, but… More
Jim Hunter
A man kills a family, another man who plays a harmonica joins forces with another man falsely accused of killing the family, and there's something else… More