Once Upon a Time in the West

Once Upon a Time in the West (, "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.


The "once upon a time" story develops around the Old West town of "Flagstone". A man arrives who wears a harmonica on a cord about his neck - and so is dubbed "Harmonica" after it - seeking revenge against the outlaw, Frank. Currently Frank works as a hired gunman for the railroad tycoon, Morton, who is trying to acquire land owned by the Brett McBain family. A second outlaw, Cheyenne, becomes implicated in the killings that arise from this.