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« on: November 13, 2002, 06:06:19 AM »

In my opinion,Once Upon a Time in the West is not only the best western but also the best movie ever.In fact,OUATITW made me become interested in the movies of Sergio Leone and in spaghetti westerns more generally.

This movie has it all:fantastic music,good plot,picturesque landscapes,and,of course,characters that are greater than life.Nothing can surpass this masterpiece.

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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2002, 10:20:53 AM »

I agree with you Jupa, only I would put  OUATIA on the same level. Grin

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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2002, 03:31:43 PM »

It's my favorite Leone/Italian western. Someday I  hope to have it on DVD. The only western I like better is THE WILD BUNCH.

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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2002, 07:41:07 PM »

It is indeed a great film. But I tend to think GBU is a better over all film. Maybe it is the pacing or the story and the fact that Tuco steals the film. I am also partial towards Eastwood and would have liked to have seen him as Harmonica. Anyway, still a cool flick, even with Bronson.

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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2002, 10:25:12 AM »

Say Cal, I have the feeling if Clint was in the film it would've been your favorite Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2002, 11:48:50 AM »

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« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2002, 11:21:55 AM »

In my opinion,Once Upon a Time in the West is not only the best western but also the best movie ever.In fact,OUATITW made me become interested in the movies of Sergio Leone and in spaghetti westerns more generally.

This movie has it all:fantastic music,good plot,picturesque landscapes,and,of course,characters that are greater than life.Nothing can surpass this masterpiece.

I agree with you completely...an excellent film. Whats your favourite part of the film? Mine is when Claudia Cardinale realises no-one is going to meet her at the station. The main theme starts to play quietly then the camera moves slowly and sedately, stops outside the ticket-office as she asks directions. Then the camera rises majestically in time to the soaring music to reveal the new town and her walking with her driver. There are plenty more but that will do for now. Pure art.

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« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2002, 01:37:19 PM »

The opening scene was outstanding. The three gunmen looking very at ease with the small details like the water drops falling on the hat and the anoying fly accompanied with the squeeky sound of an old sign.
Than further on there's L'Homme d'Harmonica with his answer to the remark "one horse short" is; no "two too many". This was to me the greatest opening to a film I've ever seen Cool

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« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2002, 02:39:58 PM »



Very difficult question, I would go for For A Few Dollars More in slight preference over GBU and OUTW, I prefer the musical themes and particularly enjoyed the whole Agua Caliente section of the story to the final shoot out between Indio and Mortimer to the pocket watch musical theme.

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« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2002, 05:31:50 AM »

It is indeed a great film. But I tend to think GBU is a better over all film. Maybe it is the pacing or the story and the fact that Tuco steals the film. I am also partial towards Eastwood and would have liked to have seen him as Harmonica. Anyway, still a cool flick, even with Bronson.

I think no one could have performed Harmonica's role better than Bronson.There is something about his appearance and his "granite" face that appeals to me very much.I think Harmonica was Bronson's best role ever.

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« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2002, 02:35:41 PM »

We can shake hands Jupa Grin

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« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2002, 03:34:32 AM »


I agree with you completely...an excellent film. Whats your favourite part of the film? Mine is when Claudia Cardinale realises no-one is going to meet her at the station. The main theme starts to play quietly then the camera moves slowly and sedately, stops outside the ticket-office as she asks directions. Then the camera rises majestically in time to the soaring music to reveal the new town and her walking with her driver. There are plenty more but that will do for now. Pure art.


My favourite part of the film...I think it's the final duel between Harmonica and Frank,which is also the best duel of all the movie duels.The time stands still,as the music plays and Leone takes those extreme close-ups of the characters faces.I've watched this part of the film several times,and it has a huge impact on me every single time I see it.

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« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2002, 07:14:37 PM »

I agree with CAL. GBU touches many more emotional strings for me. In my opinion, I think itís score is the greatest of all time. I think OUTW become too encumbered by Claudia Cardinaleís character as well as the Railroad Baron. I prefer the mono a mono sensibility of GBU. Lastly, GBUís pacing works much better. This is not to say, OUTW is not great! I love it and canít wait for itís DVD release.
Although I love Clint Eastwood, I think Bronson was perfect as Harmonica. That role almost needed a smaller actor I think. Besides, I think Eastwood is too WASPy for that role.

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« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2003, 11:55:00 AM »

I think GBU's main theme is unparalleled in westerns,but OUATITW has better music on the whole.I don't think that Cardinale's character or the railroad boss played too big a part.And in the end there is a "man to man" shoot-out.

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« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2003, 04:08:59 PM »

Oh come on my vote is with GUB, GBU was very original in storyline, entertainment value, music and plot twists which I enjoy the whole way through. The three way corrida shootout was one of the greatest ever,  while OUTITW was more an homage to the traditional western with the traditional themes.

That said, I do very much enjoy the opening sequence, ( by the way that's the linkage to the pump on the windmill thats making the groaning sound) the initial McBain Ranch scene when Frank and his theme are introduced, Clauduia's entrance and Lionel Stander's way station. I also liked the gunfight on the train. Other sections seem to drag a bit for me. The town shoot out was already done in GBU, and we knew that Bronson would win the shootout with Frank. I like the ending sequence with the railroad gangs.

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