Once Upon a Time in the West

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Product Overview


Studio Paramount
SKU 214987589
UPC 097360774245
UPC 14 00097360774245
Format DVD
Release Date 5/18/2010
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Old West
Spaghetti Western
Editors Note
Note Morton (Gabriele Ferzetti), the power-hungry owner of a railroad company, hires Frank (Henry Fonda, playing against type), a gunfighter without a conscience, to kill anyone who stands in the way of the completion of the railroad. After Frank murders land owner Brett McBain (Frank Wolff), McBain's widow (Claudia Cardinale) hires two killers of her own to protect her and gain revenge: a mysterious, harmonica-playing desperado (Charles Bronson) and his rogue sidekick (Jason Robards). Using techniques previously unseen in the genre, Sergio Leone utilizes close-ups, color, and Ennio Morricone's trademark score to create a tense and somber meditation on death which is widely considered to be one of the best westerns in cinematic history. Soon-to-be legendary Italian directors Dario Argento (SUSPIRIA) and Bernardo Bertolucci (THE LAST EMPEROR) collaborated with Leone on the screenplay.
Plot Summary
Summary Sergio Leone's epic homage to the Hollywood western has become a cinematic classic. Leone plays with the genre's conventions primarily through evocative camerawork and music, and with a minimum of dialogue.| The film follows several stories, all centering on greed, murder and revenge. In one, gunmen slaughter an entire family who are awaiting the arrival of their father's new bride. The wife valiantly attempts to hold on to the land she has inherited. But the cold-blooded outlaws who committed the massacre want to complete the job by killing her.| There's also a mysterious "Nameless Man" who has his own reasons for hunting down these bandits... and he has murder on his mind.
Los Angeles Times "...One beautiful image follows another....Throughout, Leone is a master of the expressive gesture in celebration of an Old West that exists more in our imaginations than it ever did in reality..." 01/02/2003 p.C12
USA Today "...Director Sergio Leone's 'spaghetti' masterpiece'..." 12/09/1994 p.3D
Total Film "...Brilliant....Brutal, bloody and poetic, this is, without hyperbole, one of the greatest Westerns ever made..." 11/01/2003 p.122
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...Bronson and Fonda never looked better..." 11/01/2003 p.120
Uncut Ranked #18 in Uncut's Best DVDs Of 2005 -- "[I]t's simultaneously an elegy, a critique and a fairytale of the cowboy myth." 01/01/2006 p.84-85
Entertainment Weekly "[A] masterpiece....Leone's epic about a trio of outlaws is set during the last death-rattle days of the Old West." -- Grade: A 06/03/2011
Sergio Leone
Claudia Cardinale
Henry Fonda
Jason Robards
Charles Bronson
Cast & Crew
Claudia Cardinale - Star
Woody Strode - Star
Keenan Wynn - Star
Gabriele Ferzetti - Star
Paolo Stoppa - Star
Lionel Stander - Star
Henry Fonda - Star
Jason Robards - Star
Charles Bronson - Star
Jack Elam - Star
Frank Wolff - Star
Sergio Donati - Screenwriter
Ennio Morricone - Composer
Carlo Simi - Production Designer
Sergio Leone - Story
Sergio Leone - Screenwriter
Bernardo Bertolucci - Story
Bino Cicogna - Producer
Tonino Delli Colli - Director of Photography
Fulvio Morsella - Executive Producer
Nino Baragli - Editor
Dario Argento - Story
Sergio Leone - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1969
UPC 00097360774245
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 165 minutes
Color Color
DVD, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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