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still gets to me
I must agree with the previous review. This favorite film just won't let me go despite countless viewings......in the penultimate shot,as the railroad work crew massively rolls into "Sweetwater,as Jill comes over with the first water jugs,the incomparable music swlls,the camera pans back and the credits spin into view- you'll find me in tears every time....MASTERPIECE!
once upon a time in the west
- patrick lewis
outstanding film an absolute classic just thinking of this film gives me chills top western movie of all time
No review yet of this masterpiece...JUST...
- Dennis Locantore
have to tell you I never tire of it depsite the length and certainly one of the finest films ever made.The great Ennio Morricone's score should have WON the OSCAR on its own...
Once Upon a TIme in the West
Overall-4 1/2 out of 5Lead Performers-5/5Supporting Cast-3/5Director-5/5Score-5/5Titles-3/5Screenplay-4/5Cinematography-5/5Importance-4/5Recommendation for fans of the genre-5/5
A must see
- William West
This is one of the best westerns ever made. I'm a Charles Bronson fan and this is his best movie by far. Henry Fonda is brilliant as a psycho gunman for hire. Jason Robards adds a very enjoyable element as Cheyenne. The musical score is hauntingly beautiful. In short, one of my favorite movies of all time.
one of the best westerns ever made
- camara dent
This is one of the best westerns ever made. The casting, directing and soundtrack are all excellent.
- Larry Bradford
This is a very entertaining film. One can see this film through the eyes of any one of the actors and get a different viewpoint. I believe the key to this film is when Henry Fonda rides into town and there are 5 killers waiting to gun him down but Bronson will not let him be gunned in this manner. At this point we realize Harmonica was going to balance the scales his way...without interference. I loved Jason Robarts comment that where ever he goes death follows.
- tom allen
For a fan of Westerns this is the definitive classic. Rates with The Wild Bunch and The Long Riders.
Superb Spaghetti Western
This is the definitive Italian western. Sergio Leone, Ennio Morricone, Henry Fonda, etc. etc. etc. Enough said.
this was an AWFUL movie. I watched the last thirty minutes of it-I'm glad I didn't watch any more, and it took TWENTY minutes for anyone to even move! NO comparison to Gone with the Wind AT ALL. Don't watch it-it's a waste of time.
Arguably the best movie ever made. PERIOD!
Superlative demonstration of the art and craft of great cinema. Unlike 'Gone With the Wind', (for one instance) which despite some great acting has not aged well at all, this is a true masterpiece in every sense.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST......
I listened to Bob's commentary, and I think it is all wrong..... He says Sergio Leone revolves this movie around a woman, Claudia Cardinelli... He does not, nor would he revolve any movie around any woman, delightful as Claudia may be. Nor is it centered on Henry Fonda's character,as much as I loved his performance, strange as it was to Fonda's career. The movie is about Charles Bronson. It is about sheer vengence. Bronson is on a course that cannot be changed. His one & only thought is Frank. The confrontation of these two men would have occurred no matter where Bronson finally met up with Fonda. The rest of the story, the other characters, the train story, are all incidental to the main theme: revenge at all costs, even to the point of dying! And, as in all Leone's films, the music is one of the main ingredients, and Harmonica and the music themes that accompany the Bronson character are dominant and appropriate. Jason Robards adds exceptional appeal to the film. To simply refer to Bronson (& Robards)as a mere after thought, as Robert did, is ridiculously stupid & fails the film badly. Robert: Watch the film again, and ignore the sequence in which the actors are listed in the movie credits! Clue: Who's living at the beginning and is still alive at the end (of a western) is usually a safe bet.
Once Is Enough
The first time I saw this film, I liked it, it was a little long but entertaining. The second time I saw it, I began to dislike it and the third time, I found it to be boring. It seem so phoney, to much killing and all of the characters in the film seemed to see this as a normal way of living, kind of weird and unreal. It is not the kind of film that I would be looking foward to seeing again. If I had a copy of it on DVD, I probably would never watch it.
A Superbly Made Film
- Dawn W.
This is one of the best motion pictures ever made. Although it is considered a "spaghetti western"; in reality it is not. The music is hauntingly beautiful and never leaves your mind! The film is stylishly made. The characters of the story have depth. I have never seen a more evil character portrayed (with the exception of Richard Widmark) than by Henry Fonda (Frank). This Western sets itself apart because the West, as it was in reality, was more like Once Upon a Time in the West than any Western made before it or after! This does not use scenery to cover up any deficiencies in characterizations or story line but utilizes every trick in film making... and it comes out as a piece of art in movie making. This is one film that will not only be considered a remarkable Western but a "classic" for all time!
A Western Classic
This is Sergio Leone's crowning achievement as a director of westerns. Add one of Ennio Morricone's best musical scores and the perfect casting of Fonda as a cold blooded killer and you have the making of a classic. Bronson, Robards, and Cardinale each give performances that truly bring the drama, violence and romance of the old West to life. This one sends your western imagination soaring.
my favorite movie
i love this movie. the opening scenes, the beautiful cinematography, fonda as a cold killer, the ennio morricone soundrack. a western fantasy. brilliant. years ago i thought the scenes were so terribly slow. now i think they may be a tad too fast. i could watch for days on end and drift away in a tumbleweed sandstorm...
My favorite Bronson movie!
I love everything about this movie - Except the kids getting killed. Henry Fonda sure was a bad man in this movie, and that is rare in his long career. Well made and I love the music score. Bronson's face and close ups and him playing the harmonica - wonderful. Charlie sure was built and tough! Jason Robards, well he is just about the best there was and I love how he played this character! How about the beautiful scenery - and the opening train scene. Well directed! On my favorite top 20 list of movies!
The best western of all time. When men were men! There is so much eye candy for us ladies with Charles Bronson exuding pure sex, Jason Robards providing an attractive humor and Henry Fonda in his only sexy role as the very bad hombre. Yummmm! What a lucky lady was Claudia Cardinale!
My Favorite Western
This is by far my favorite western. It has an awesome cast with Charles Bronson, Henry Fonda and Jason Robards. I love the harmonica man (Charles Bronson) which keeps Frank (Henry Fonda) mystified what his real intentions are. The story line in this movie is great and the music score is excellent. The scenery in this movie is awesome. This movie has every thing in it. Romance, mystery and action-packed galore! I love the way the producer (leone)shoots the scenes with the eyes on the actors...(mind blowing).This film is a classic western. I highly recommend this film for every one to see. It's timeless!!!
MUST SEE FLIM GREAT GREAT ALL TIME WESTERN
- RAY FROM CONNECTICUT
FLIM WORK EXCELLENT, MUSIC SCORE MAKES THE MOVIE OUTSTANDING MUSIC SCORE