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Once Upon a Time in the West

Top 10 Westerns

Henry Fonda in Once Upon a Time in the West

Once Upon a Time in the West is a classic spaghetti Western
Plot: Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale and Charles Bronson star in this ode to the dying American frontier. A beautiful widow receives help from a mysterious harmonica-playing stranger after her family is brutally killed in a railroad dispute.

Perks: Haunting harmonica music pierces every slooowly moving, operatic scene. This movie is languid and majestic, with gorgeous panoramas and powerful close-ups. Spiked with a few takes that are hard to stomach (like the shooting down of children), the overall effect is that of a mystical poem.

(Updated: 08/29/13 MG)

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