Once Upon a Time in the West
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Once Upon a Time in the West
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) hires killers, led by blue-eyed sadist Frank (Henry Fonda), who wipe out property owner Brett McBain (Frank Wolff) and his family. McBain's newly arrived bride, Jill (Claudia Cardinale), however, inherits it instead. Both outlaw Cheyenne (Jason Robards) and lethally mysterious Harmonica (Charles Bronson) take it upon themselves to look after Jill and… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

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"There is something touching and maniacal about the two-and-three-quarter- hour result."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Leone (1921-1989) is here at the peak of his epic powers."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"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."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"One of the pinnacles of world cinema."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Sergio Leone loaded up for another Spaghetti Western and shot out his magnum opus with this follow-up to the Dollars trilogy. Charles Bronson stars as an ominous stranger known only as Harmonica -- on the account of that instrument being the only other th"
‑ Radheyan Simonpillai, AskMen.com
"'Once Upon a Time...' now looks like an over-cooked mess of style, metaphor and reference."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"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."
‑ Chuck Stephens, Village Voice
"Leone shows his skills with superb mastery over the medium."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Heroes, villains, desperados, and the inevitable shoot-outs: You'll find them all in what a lot of fans consider Leone's best film."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"These days, cartoonish, genre-pastiching movies are everywhere, but Leone's films in this vein are still more enjoyable than most."
‑ Edward Porter, Times [UK]
"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."
‑ , Time Out
"It is mostly fun for the way it cherishes movie styles and attitudes from the past."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Sergio Leone's Western is his undisputed masterpiece, a lush, sensuous, elegiac operatic film made on epic yet intimate scale."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A bold film that you won't soon forget."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The Everest of the 1968 spaghetti western is a violent, poetic elegy."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
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