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Old 27-04-2004, 21:48   #1
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Thumbs up Once Upon a Time in the West

Bought this for Ł8.99 from Play.com, and after seeing Once Upon a Time in America I really wanted to indulge in more Leone.

It's excellent, very slow but in the end rewarding. I didn't like it much for the first 30 minutes, but Bronson and Fonda soon lifted the film; along with some superb direction (i.e. the crane shot towards the beginning at the train station ) from one of cinema's greatest auteurs.

Claudia Cardinale also added some great eye candy!
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one of the best films ever made IMO
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yeah i thought it was very slow and boring when i first saw it. But i was about 12 at the time.

One of my favs now. Yes that train station shot is one of the best IMO !
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It is a truly fantastic movie. The final confrontation between Fonda and Bronson is brilliant, with the flashback and Ennio Morricone's haunting score.
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Old 28-04-2004, 15:28   #5
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Re: Once Upon a Time in the West

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It's excellent, very slow but in the end rewarding. I didn't like it much for the first 30 minutes
One of the best opening sequences of any western, in fact any movie. It's balletic, poetry in motion, so damned beautiful! Trust me, you'll grow to love it, especially if you get to know more westerns.

Now for A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, the incredible The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, and the much under-rated A Fistful of Dynamite eh Rik?

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I know people say this is the best western ever but imo it's one of the worst, apart from the opening scene and of course Morricones soundtrack which was fantastic.

I think Leone far surpassed it with the "The Man with No Name Trilogy" and I'd rank Young Guns, Tombstone and all of Clints westerns over this.




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I really want to get 'The Man with No Name' trilogy now...
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This film is absolutely perfect, seen it so many times yet the end still sends shivers down my spine. Awesome piece of film making, and the picture quality on the dvd is stunning considering its age.
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I'd rank Young Guns over this.
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What other Westerns are there worth watching, I've seen all those already mentioned, plus all Clint Eastwoods
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laugh all you want, Young Guns 1 & 2 are great westerns!
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Once Upon A Time in the West is (in my opinion) a masterpiece of the genre. Bought it blind after loving the dollars trilogy (which in turn I began wathcing after loving Peckinpah's 'The Wild Bunch) and it just blew me away with its beauty, its story telling to its fantastical score. I heartily recomend this to anyone approaching the genre or anyone whoo just wants to see a great film (its in my top 5 fave films)

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So many great Westerns it's hard to choose just a few to recommend but, sticking to one per director, I would strongly suggest watching:

The Searchers
The Wild Bunch
Rio Bravo
A Bullet For The General
Ulzana's Raid
The Naked Spur
The Long Riders
Django
The Sons of Katie Elder
Little Big Man
The Outlaw Josey Wales
The War Wagon
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I'd also suggest The Professionals with Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan and Woody Strode.
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I'd also suggest The Professionals with Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan and Woody Strode.
All suggestions welcomed here

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