Once Upon a Time in the West

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Leone's violent epic Western is an essential masterpiece.

PG-13 1969 165 minutes

Parents say

age 18+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 9 reviews

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age 18+

A Beautiful and Ugly Movie

For adults only in my view, i saw it as a kid and was disturbed with some scenes, watching it as i am older, i really enjoy the musical score, the cinematography, and the unsual casting of Fonda and Robards. In addition, i think it is Charles Bronson's best film of his career.

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Too much violence
age 18+

This is a Classic

I first saw Once Upon A Time in the West late in 1970 while serving in Viet Nam, then again again in the states in CA. The stunning visuals of Monument Valley use as a backdrop is breathing. The use of blue-eyed Henry Fonda as the villain was pure genius. The opening sequence is unique in all the westerns I've enjoyed over the years is memorable for the lack of dialogue. Sergio Leone make use of actors expressions (Jack Elam, Woody Strode, and Al Mulock) and many background sounds to build the tension. I love to set a rainy day aside, pop some corn, and settled in to watch this movie. I do it a least once a year. Richard R Draude Author The MacKenna Saga Almost A Whisper

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