How to watch Once Upon a Time in the West?
Once Upon a Time in the West
- Year: 1968
- Restrictions: 13+
Once Upon a Time in the West – rating:
- IMDb: 8.5
- Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Once Upon a Time in the West – availability:
- Netflix: Available
- Hulu: Not available
- Prime Video: Available
- Disney+: Not available
Once Upon a Time in the West – directors:
- Sergio Leone
Once Upon a Time in the West – genres:
Once Upon a Time in the West – production:
Italy United States
Once Upon a Time in the West – languages:
Italian English Spanish
Once Upon a Time in the West (Italian: C’era una volta il West, transl. ”Once upon a time (there was) the West”) is a 1968 epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone, who co-wrote it with Sergio Donati based on a story by Dario Argento, Bernardo Bertolucci and Leone. It stars Henry Fonda, cast against type, as the villain, Charles Bronson as his nemesis, Jason Robards as a bandit and Claudia Cardinale as a newly widowed homesteader. The widescreen cinematography was by Tonino Delli Colli, and the acclaimed film score was by Ennio Morricone.
After directing The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Leone decided to retire from Westerns and desired to produce his film based on The Hoods, which eventually became Once Upon a Time in America. However, Leone accepted an offer from Paramount Pictures to provide access to Henry Fonda and to use a budget to produce another Western film. He recruited Bertolucci and Argento to devise the plot of the film in 1966, researching other Western films in the process. After Clint Eastwood turned down an offer to play the movie’s protagonist, Bronson was offered the role. During production, Leone recruited Donati to rewrite the script due to concerns over time limitations.
The original version by the director was 166 minutes (2 hours and 46 minutes) when it was first released on 21 December 1968. This was the version that was to be shown in European cinemas and was a box office success. For the US release on 28 May 1969, Once Upon a Time in the West was edited down to 145 minutes (2 hours and 25 minutes) by Paramount and was a financial flop. The film is the first installment in Leone’s Once Upon a Time Trilogy, followed by Duck, You Sucker! and Once Upon a Time in America, though the films do not share any characters in common.
In 2009, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.