'Once Upon a Time in the West'

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An epic Western that upended Old West mythologies at the same time it recalled them, ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ stands alongside some of the best films ever made in the genre. Featuring an all-star cast, the film also turned audience perceptions on their heads by turning heroic everyman Henry Fonda into one of the most ruthless killers ever to appear on screen. Directed by Sergio Leone, the film had a slow meditative pace, epic scope, and striking visuals that elevated a simple revenge story into an extraordinary Western that has influenced countless filmmakers.

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'Once Upon a Time in the West'


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