If you haven’t seen the movie, don’t spoil it here — watch it first, then come back.
“Once Upon a Time in the West” is a classic film by Sergio Leone, made in 1968. It stars Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson and Jason Robards. The music is masterfully composed by Ennio Morricone, and the score alone makes the film worth watching.
Like peoples’ wrongful perception of many classics, watching a trailer might make it seem like its full of old tropes and a few cheesy lines, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s an engaging, compelling story that not only speaks to the culture of the time of its production, but has many profound, thought-provoking themes as well as its raw entertainment and engaging dialogue.
The story centers around a widow, who agreed to marry a man out in the rough country of the Wild West. The husband and his children are murdered by a hitman and his crew, who work for the railroad that is trying to build its way to the ocean. Through a series of events, a local, wanted criminal and a mysterious harmonica playing man (who is also a gunfighting badass) set out to help the widow as the railroad sets their sights on her and her land.