Once Upon a Time in the West

Once Upon a Time in the West

Charles Bronson
Director: Sergio Leone Cast: Charles Bronson
Charles Bronson
, Claudia Cardinale
Claudia Cardinale
, Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
Sergio Leone

DVD (Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed)

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Overview

One of numerous 1960s revisionist Westerns, Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) turns a revenge story into a contemplation of the Western past. As in his "Dollars" trilogy, Leone transforms the standard Western plot through the visual impact of widescreen landscapes and the figures who populate them, as Harmonica appears out of nowhere and Frank chillingly commands the center of the frame. The opening credit sequence of three Western toughs (including Woody Strode and Jack Elam) preparing to kill someone at a train station artfully plays off Leone's fixation with faces and locales and the epic effect of his meticulous narrative pace. The sense of suspended time speaks to the concerns with past, future, and history that drive the plot; Jill oversees the literal tracks of "Progress," while Frank is undone by the past he shares with memory-driven Harmonica. Among a number of "quotations" from classical Westerns, Henry Fonda's presence as the sadistic Frank and the Monument Valley location evoke the Western movie past of John Ford, as Leone exposes the dark reverse of Fonda's staunch Wyatt Earp in My Darling Clementine (1946). Ennio Morricone's haunting score emphasizes the elegiac, quasi-mystical atmosphere. After the success of the Dollars films starring Clint Eastwood, Paramount gave Leone the money to make his monumental saga as he wished. When the film opened to critical indifference and little business, Paramount chopped 25 minutes out to speed the pace, but to no financial avail. Leone's directorial career never quite recovered. Those 25 minutes, and Once Upon a Time in the West's critical stature, have since been restored; the film is now considered to be Leone's operatic masterpiece.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/12/2017
UPC: 0032429281777
Original Release: 1968
Rating: PG-13
Source: Paramount
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:45:00
Sales rank: 2,222

Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
Sergio Leone Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Fausto Ancillai Sound/Sound Designer
Dario Argento Original Story
Eros Bacciucchi Special Effects
Nino Baragli Editor
Bernardo Bertolucci Original Story
Bino Cicogna Executive Producer
Tonino Delli Colli Cinematographer
Giannetto De Rossi Makeup
Alberto de Rossi Makeup
Sergio Donati Screenwriter
Carlo Leva Set Decoration/Design
Claudio Maielli Sound/Sound Designer
Claudio Mancini Production Manager
Ennio Morricone Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Fulvio Morsella Producer
Giancarlo Santi Asst. Director
Simi Costumes/Costume Designer
Carlo Simi Art Director,Costumes/Costume Designer

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