ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST * (Theatrical Release USA 1969)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.6|5.0 Starsìììì

Once Upon a Time in the West—classic from its opening to its ending scenes—deserves its permanent place in the home video collection. This western moved completely out of the usual B-grade status of western movies into an A-grade piece of entertainment. The film works on every level and completely earns the watch and money investment. Outstanding work. Bravo! Kudos to every person involved from the costuming, set design, makeup, sound effects. The cinematography is outstanding. The timing is perfect. No lack here. Very well-done work.

Storyline

A stranger works to help a widow.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Sergio Leone for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Bino Cicagna for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Jill McBain (Claudia Cardinale), Frank (Henry Fonda), Manuel Gutiérrez (Jason Robards), Harmonica (Charles Bronson), Morton-Railroad Baron (Gabriele Ferzetti), Sam (Paolo Stoppa), Stony (Woody Strode), Snaky (Jack Elam), Sheriff/Auctioneer (Keenan Wynn), Brett McBain (Frank Wolff), and Barman (Lionel Stander).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Do not miss this film. It is worth its ticket. It’s one of those films that does not need a re-make because it stands in its own class and will continue to stand over many years of viewing.

*Also known as C'era una volta il West

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