The original British release version had several seconds cut from the murder of Consuela Baxter
The original British theatrical release had about 5 minutes cut by the BBFC. The major cuts were the killing of various members of the Baxter gang when they emerge from the burning building and the scene in which Eastwood is beaten-up by the Rojos (which was trimmed by nearly a half). The widescreen DVD release is uncut and the same as the USA DVD release.
When the film first aired on American TV, a network executive ordered the creation of a new prologue to give a moral justification for the lead character's killings: a prison warden commutes "the Man With No Name's" sentence if he goes to San Miguel and restores order to the town. Neither Eastwood or Leone participated in this new sequence (the Man With No Name is seen only from the rear), and this distortion of Leone's creative vision has reportedly been dropped from subsequent presentations.
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