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Once Upon a Time in the West Details


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 thwart Frank's plans to seize her land. As alliances and betrayals mutate, it soon becomes clear that Harmonica wants to get Frank for another reason -- it has "something to do with death." As in his "Dollars" trilogy, Leone transforms the standard Western plot through the visual impact of widescreen landscapes and the figures therein. At its full length, Once Upon a Time in the West is Leone's operatic masterwork, worthy of its legend-making title. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

  • Release date:May 28, 1969


Charles Bronson
as Harmonica
Claudia Cardinale
as Jill
Henry Fonda
as Frank
Jason Robards, Jr.
as Cheyenne
Gabriele Ferzetti
as Morton
Frank Wolff
as McBain
Keenan Wynn
as Sheriff
Lionel Stander
as Bartender
Jack Elam
as Knuckles
Woody Strode
as Stony
Paolo Stoppa
as Sam
Marilu Carteny
Benito Stefanelli
Aldo Berti
Spartaco Conversi
Claudio Mancini
as Harmonica's Brother
Dino Mele
as Harmonica as a Boy
Renato Pinciroli
Conrado SanMartin
Marco Zuanelli
as Wobbles
Claudio Mancini
as Harmonica's Brother
Dino Mele
as Harmonica as a Boy


Sergio Leone
Fulvio Morsella
Sergio Donati
Dario Argento
Screen Story
Bernardo Bertolucci
Screen Story
Sergio Leone
Sergio Leone
Screen Story
Mickey Knox
Dialogue Writer
Tonino Delli Colli
Ennio Morricone
Musical Direction/Supervision
Ennio Morricone
Composer (Music Score)
Nino Baragli
Carlo Simi
Art Director
Bino Cicogna
Executive Producer
Carlo Leva
Set Designer
Carlo Simi
Costume Designer
Fausto Ancillai
Sound/Sound Designer
Claudio Maielli
Sound/Sound Designer
Eros Bacciucchi
Special Effects
Giancarlo Santi
First Assistant Director
Claudio Mancini
Production Manager
Giannetto De Rossi