Once Upon A Time In The West

Once Upon A Time In The West

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Believed by many to be the greatest western ever made, Once Upon A Time In The West is director Sergio Leone's masterpiece. On release, however, the film was considered a financial flop in the United States. Critical consensus wasn't universally glowing either, with Time magazine in 1969 claiming: "Leone's newest effort, with a major cast and a lot of big studio money behind it, proves that he is simply a serious bore." Whereas his Dollars films were more tongue-in-cheek parodies of the Wild West, Once Upon A Time In The West is slow, with very little dialogue or action, punctuated by sudden bursts of violence. If you think that sounds a bit like a Tarantino film, you'd have a point. Leone's classic was hugely influential on the pop culture auteur, whose Inglourious Basterds opens with a lengthy sequence entitled 'Once Upon a Time in Nazi-Occupied France' and uses clips from Ennio Morricone's score. More

It was part of a movement known as Spaghetti Westerns, partly because the director was Italian, but also because it was filmed relatively cheaply in Italy and Spain. In a nostalgic, romantic throwback to a bygone era, Once has a main storyline that revolves around a struggle for a piece of land expected to rise in value when a railroad is built. Naturally, a cunning railroad tycoon learns of this and sends his hired gun Frank (Henry Fonda) to intimidate the owner, Brett McBain (Frank Wolff) and his family…

1968Rating: R16165 minsItaly, USA
Sergio Leone ('A Fistful of Dollars', 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly', 'A Fistful of Dynamite')
Sergio LeoneSergio Donati
Henry FondaClaudia CardinaleJason RobardsCharles BronsonPhil ReevesGabriele FerzettiPaolo StoppaWoody StrodeFrank Wolff

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Once Upon A Time In The West | Release Details

Once Upon A Time In The West is available to stream in New Zealand now on Google Play and Apple TV.