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6/17/05
10:50 am CDT
Bison Bill's Favorite Western Films:
ONCE UPON NA TIME IN THE WEST



Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time in the West has got it all: Beautiful cinematography, beautiful soundtrack (Ennio Morricone), a beautiful woman (Claudia Cardinale), a despicable villain (Henry Fonda), a man on a quest for revenge (Charles Bronson), and scenes of pulse-pounding gunplay.

It is shot full of references to numerous classic Westerns: (High Noon, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence, Johnny Guitar, to name just a few), and is a recognized classic itself. It wasn't much appreciated in the US when it was released in 1969, due to the shortened, choppy cut was released in the US. And later, when the uncut European version was released on US television, it still could not be appreciated due to small screen, pan-and-scan format. But now, thankfully, the original cut, in letterbox format, is widely available on DVD. Naturally, you'll want to play it on the biggest tv screen you can find.

Many consider it to be one of the greatest Westerns of all time, and it is easy to see why. The film haunts you long after it's over; the music stays in your mind, and in your dreams you are in a desert, riding through vast windblown distances, looking for the man you've sworn to kill, a steel-eyed devil in a duster ...

Once Upon A Time In The West [DVD](1969) DVD
Once Upon A Time In The West [VHS](1969) VHS

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