1. Here’s some trivia for you that I’m sure many, aside from myself and a bunch of Leone fans, don’t know. The opening scene where Harmonica kills the 3 men. The three men were originally supposed to be played by Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach in reprising their roles of sorts from the last film Leone did in The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly but it never happened as Clint had a falling out with Leone during the production of that film.

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    • Wow he wanted to kill off Cliff in the first scene?! That is interesting! When I saw that the ‘good guy’ was Charles Bronson I just figured they fell out with Eastwood and plopped Bronson in there, as he kinda is the ‘man with no name’. Either way he did an awesome job

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  2. I love Once Upon a Time in the West 🙂 Ennio Morricone’s music score is just electrifying and Henry Fonda was brilliantly cast against type as a villain 🙂 Another great filmmaker of westerns is Sam Peckinpah 🙂 In fact, when you search my site next, type in the search engine box “My Favorite Sergio Leone Films (Revised and Updated)” and for Sam Peckinpah type in: “My Favorite Sam Peckinpah Films (Revised and Updated)” 🙂

    P.S. I responded to your reply about under my favorite films by director Nicholas Roeg 🙂 P.S. keep up the great work as always 🙂

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    • Thanks for reading John. I’ll have to check out your Leone list! And I know of Peckinpah, been meaning to watch Wild Bunch for a long time. I have seen Straw Dogs… not a western but still awesome

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  3. I still need to see a lot of Sergio Leone stuff, though generally I’m not into Westerns. I couldn’t complete my March blindspot unfortunately, the movie refused to play on iTunes last night which is a real bummer as I really wanted to see it!


      • Yeah it sucked, but I ended up seeing an indie film that I quite like. I just posted a review of it.


  4. Oh I love this movie. This is such a brilliant piece of work, my favorite Leone by some distance. Glad to see you finally got to see it and even glad that you liked it

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  5. Sorry I didn’t read this review when you first posted it. This is my favorite western of all-time. Bronson is a wonderful stand-in for Eastwood. Claudia Cardinale is great and certainly is the most developed character in the film. That said, it’s still Henry Fonda that makes the movie. He is, as you said, fantastic. Great review!


  6. I love this movie so much! And this is the soundtrack that introduced me to Morricone. Man with a Harmonica remains one of my favourite scores by him still to this day.


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    • Yeah that Harmonica is just so damned…. memorable, iconic, all those good adjectives!! Bronson is great, almost as much screen-presence as big Cliff. And yeah, Morriconne…. that reminds me, I need to go rewatch The Hateful Eight, cos I really wanted to like it but didn’t.


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