Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Once Upon A Time In The West (1968) trailer and more...

Recently re-watched this favorite. All of Sergio Leone's westerns are superb cinematic experiences and Once Upon A Time In The West (1968) is no exception.

The screenplay was written by Sergio Leone and Sergio Donati (a prolific and still active screenwriter; his other writing credits include The Big Gundown (1966), Duck, You Sucker aka A Fistful of Dynamite (1971) and Cry, Onion! aka Spaghetti Western from 1976) and story credit was given to Dario Argento, Bernardo Bertolucci and Sergio Leone.

A great deal of talent was also displayed on the screen. Henry Fonda played against his good guy screen image as the very nasty Frank. Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson, Woody Strode, Keenan Wynn and the always appreciated Jack Elam also bring top notch performances and textured characterizations to the film. Rumor has it that Sergio Leone had initially intended for Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach to reunite and play the three gunman at the film's begining; but scheduling all three actors for the shooting proved to be too difficult and the idea was abandoned.

remastered trailer

clip from BBC documentary
with film historian and author Christopher Frayling

Henry Fonda Talks about his casting in Once Upon A Time in the West


  1. Great post. I can't wait to watch all the clips. I love this film. It had such a wonderful cast. It's one of my favorite westerns. I definitely wanna see this one again. It's been too long.

  2. I agree with you Keith, this is one excellent film and a great western. After re-watching this and enjoying it so much, I really want to pick up the dvd of Once Upon A Time In America. Another superb Sergio Leone cinematic opus on a grand scale.

  3. You've definitely inspired me to want to see it again. I've never actually seen Once Upon A Time In America. I need to see that one

    Oh yeah. I hope you'll make sure to stop by my blogs today. I've got a poster on Sugar & Spice that I'm curious to see if you know anything about the movie. Plus on The Dino Lounge I did a post on matadors and bullfighting. Love to see your comments on both those posts. Thanks buddy.

  4. Right on Keith. If you're a fan of Sergio Leone and also don't mind very long films, I cannot recommend Once Upon A Time In America enough. The cast is jammed packed with talent like: Robert DeNiro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, William Forsythe, Danny Aiello, Burt Young and many more.