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Once Upon A Time In The West / Inconsistencies: realism
« on: April 08, 2004, 03:00:25 PM »
It doesn't really bother me that much but I'm just curious as to whether this was intentional or a slip-up.

In the final duel when Frank gets shot, his shirt - of which we get a pretty close view as he twists round mortally wounded - appears to be remarkably unblemished: no bullet hole and no blood stain.  I'm not a stickler for blood and gore but I think it's reasonable to show that people have holes in them when they get shot.  Did the film crew run out of ketchup ?  Maybe Henry Fonda did not agree to having his nice new shirt (present from his wife ?) ruined by a bullet hole...

In a much earlier scene where Frank shoots the pudgy little guy who can't be trusted because he wears "suspenders and a belt" to keep his pants up, the bullet holes and red stains in his shirt are quite clearly visible as he falls to the ground....

An interesting little inconsistency I noticed only recently having just acquired the DVD...

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