History Film / OnceUponATimeInTheWest

7th Mar '17 1:52:15 PM bt8257
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* ArtisticLicenceGunSafety: In the opening scene, one of the gunmen catches an annoying fly in the barrel of his gun, then keeps it in by putting his finger on the end, keeping his index finger on the trigger the entire time.

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* ArtisticLicenceGunSafety: ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: In the opening scene, one of the gunmen catches an annoying fly in the barrel of his gun, then keeps it in by putting his finger on the end, keeping his index finger on the trigger the entire time.
25th Feb '17 7:32:08 AM SeptimusHeap
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* BlueEyes: Frank. This was one of the reasons Henry Fonda was cast as a total villain, as a part to subvert BeautyEqualsGoodness.
24th Feb '17 2:04:43 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* TheSmurfettePrincipal: Jill is the only female member of the principal cast.

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* TheSmurfettePrincipal: TheSmurfettePrinciple: Jill is the only female member of the principal cast.
23rd Feb '17 8:46:31 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* TheDrifter: Harmonica hits the archetype.

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* TheDrifter: Harmonica hits the archetype. Unlike most examples of this trope, he's in town for a specific reason, and not by accident.



* FastestGunInTheWest: Slightly subverted in the first scene: Harmonica manages to draw his gun and to shoot three men who had already their guns in their hands in a row... and then one of them manages to shoot him back before collapsing.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Frank can maintain a layer of civility and behave in a likable, reasonable way when it suits him, but he's eager to murder more and talk less.



* FastestGunInTheWest: Slightly subverted in the first scene: Harmonica manages to draw his gun and to shoot three men who had already their guns in their hands in a row... and then one of them manages to shoot him back before collapsing.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Frank can maintain a layer of civility and behave in a likable, reasonable way when it suits him, but he's eager to murder more and talk less.



* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: Jill during her final meeting with both Cheyenne and Harmonica]]

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* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: Jill during her final meeting with both Cheyenne and Harmonica]]Harmonica]].



* {{Leitmotif}}: Most of the main characters have their own, with Harmonica having the most obvious one, also a ThemeMusicPowerUp. During the duel between Frank and Harmonica at the end, both their themes overlap.

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* {{Leitmotif}}: Most of the main characters have their own, with Harmonica having the most obvious one, also own - Jill a ThemeMusicPowerUp. During the duel between romantic harmony, Cheyenne a comical banjo, Frank a sinister electric guitar and Harmonica at the end, both is self-explanatory. During Frank and Harmonica's duel, their themes overlap.



* {{Leitmotif}}: All the main characters get one - Jill a romantic harmony, Cheyenne a comical banjo, Frank a sinister electric guitar and Harmonica is self-explanatory.



* MissKitty: Jill

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* MissKitty: JillJill is a former prostitute.



* ReluctantFanserviceGirl: Jill gets her dress ripped by Harmonica, and is seen wearing nothing but a towel.



* TheSociopath: Frank.

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* TheSmurfettePrincipal: Jill is the only female member of the principal cast.
* TheSociopath: Frank.Frank is possibly one of the most perfect examples in a Creator/SergioLeone film..


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* TookALevelInBadass:
** Jill rides into town a somewhat aloof city girl and ends up the head of a soon-to-be-functioning, prosperous railroad company.
** Harmonica from his childhood incarnate, where [[spoiler:Frank had him tied down to a post with a harmonica in his mouth, hence the reason Harmonica wants to kill Frank.]]
14th Feb '17 3:49:30 PM Az_Tech341
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* DeterminedWidow: Jill, although she's somewhat of a deconstruction since she was a Hooker with a Heart of Gold looking for a new life and arrives on the scene after her new family is massacred.

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* DeterminedWidow: Jill, although she's somewhat of a deconstruction since she was a Hooker with a Heart of Gold HookerWithAHeartOfGold looking for a new life and arrives on the scene after her new family is massacred.



* HonorBeforeReason: Frank, has a chance to ride away safely after killing his boss, Morton. Instead he comes back to face his nemesis, the man with the harmonica.

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* HonorBeforeReason: Frank, Frank has a chance to ride away safely after killing his boss, Morton. Instead he comes back to face his nemesis, the man with the harmonica.



* PriceOnTheirHead: Cheyenne has a $5, 000 bounty on his head, which Harmonica uses to bid for Sweetwater and save it from Frank and his goons during the auction.

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* PriceOnTheirHead: Cheyenne has a $5, 000 $5,000 bounty on his head, which Harmonica uses to bid for Sweetwater and save it from Frank and his goons during the auction.



-->'''Mr. Morton''':There are many things you'll never understand. This is one of them.'' [Holding a stack of dollars while looking at Frank's drawn gun] ''You see, Frank, there are many kinds of weapons. And the only one that can stop that is this. Now, shall we get back to our little problem?

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-->'''Mr. Morton''':There Morton''': There are many things you'll never understand. This is one of them.'' [Holding *holds a stack of dollars while looking at Frank's drawn gun] ''You gun* You see, Frank, there are many kinds of weapons. And the only one that can stop that is this. Now, shall we get back to our little problem?



* VillainProtagonist: Frank is more or less this. Although Jill is arguably the film's protagonist, a lot of it is told through Frank's P.O.V., and it is ultimately his actions that set off the main storyline.
13th Feb '17 2:08:36 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* DramaticNecklaceReveal: Done by Harmonica after the climatic final duel.

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* DramaticNecklaceReveal: DramaticNecklaceRemoval: Done by Harmonica after the climatic final duel.
13th Feb '17 2:06:20 AM CumbersomeTercel
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13th Feb '17 2:06:19 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* RaceLift: Cheyenne was originally Mexican, his real name being Manuel Gutierrez, according to the script. Creator/SergioLeone didn't feel that Jason Robards made a convincing Mexican, so he dropped this.
13th Feb '17 1:41:49 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AffablyEvil: Cheyenne ''is'' a bandit, but he's fighting against someone much worse.

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* AffablyEvil: Cheyenne ''is'' is a bandit, but cheerful, friendly fellow who seems perpetually amused by the events in which he is caught up. He's also a confessed murderer and bandit leader. It helps that A) he's fighting against someone much worse.not the villain of the film, just the local badman whose territory the villain trespasses on, and B) all of his crimes take place off-screen (just outside the door in the case of his slaughter of his prison escort).



* ArchEnemy: Frank and Harmonica.
* ArtisticLicenceGunSafety: In the opening scene, one of the gunmen catches an annoying fly in the barrel of his gun, then keeps it in by putting his finger on the end, keeping his index finger on the trigger the entire time.
* {{Auction}}: Frank holds a rigged one to sell Jill's land, sending his goons to intimidate people from bidding. Harmonica bids $5, 000 with the bounty on Cheyenne's head.



* BeardOfEvil: Averted. Henry Fonda planned to grow a beard as well as wear brown contact lenses to play Frank, but Sergio Leone talked him out of it, since Fonda having his usual appearance in a role so different from his usual humble and noble characters would make it all the more shocking.



* BigBad: Mr. Morton. Ironically, he's the BigBad, but more sympathetic than Frank, who is the VillainProtagonist and much more evil.



* CaptivityHarmonica: Guess who?



* CloseOnTitle: The film has a very long, drawn-out opening scene in which essentially every possible credit is shown except for the title, which shows up when the end credits begin. Hailing from 1968, this is one of the oldest examples of this trope.



* CoolTrain: Morton's special train.



* DeterminedWidow: Jill

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* DeterminedWidow: JillJill, although she's somewhat of a deconstruction since she was a Hooker with a Heart of Gold looking for a new life and arrives on the scene after her new family is massacred.



* DoesntTrustThoseGuys: "How can you trust a man who wears both a belt and suspenders? The man can't even trust his own pants."



* DramaticNecklaceReveal: Done by Harmonica after the climatic final duel.
* TheDreaded: Frank.



* DuelToTheDeath: Harmonica and Frank's showdown.



* TheDyingWalk: Before the climax, Frank escapes a shootout with Morton's hired goons and returns to Morton's train to confront him, only to find Morton dying of wounds he sustained during a run-in with the outlaw Cheyenne. Morton, lying pitifully in the dirt, ignores Frank's arrival and instead desperately crawls over to a nearby mud puddle ''representing a stand-in for the Pacific Ocean that he will never be able to reach''.



* EvilCripple: Morton is a crippled (and dying) and walking only by crutches RailroadBaron. However, he's pretty much a villainous Woobie.



* FaceFramedInShadow: Almost every introduction of Harmonica into a scene is like this, especially the scene where he's revealed by a lantern being thrown into the corner of the bar where he's sitting.
* FalseFlagOperation: The massacre of the McBains is carried out by Frank's henchmen (really working for Morton's railroad company) while dressed in dusters like Cheyenne's outlaw gang. A posse spends the first part of the film unsuccessfully tracking Cheyenne.
* FastestGunInTheWest: Slightly subverted in the first scene: Harmonica manages to draw his gun and to shoot three men who had already their guns in their hands in a row... and then one of them manages to shoot him back before collapsing.



* HonorBeforeReason: Frank, has a chance to ride away safely after killing his boss, Morton. Instead he comes back to face his nemesis, the man with the harmonica.
-->'''Frank:''' "Morton once told me I could never be like him. Now I understand why. Wouldn't have bothered him, knowing you were around somewhere alive."\\
'''Harmonica:''' "So, you found out you're not a businessman after all."\\
'''Frank:''' "Just a man."



* InstantDeathBullet: The slaughter of the [=McBain=] family plays out as this, as does the shootout at the railroad in the opening scene.



* ItsPersonalWithTheDragon: Harmonica interferes with railroad baron Mr. Morton's efforts to take Jill McBain's land, but his primary goal is to kill Morton's henchman Frank, who killed Harmonica's brother decades earlier.



* JustifiedCriminal: Cheyenne, who actually helps the protagonists after being framed for a series of murders he didn't commit, even going as far as to allow himself to be turned in so that the reward money can be used to keep Jill's farm.



* LeaveNoWitnesses: One of the earliest evil deeds Frank does is kill a child after this sinister excerpt of dialogue:
-->'''Goon:''' ''[about the boy]'' What are we gonna do with him, Frank?\\
'''Frank:''' ''[beat]'' Well, now that you've called me by name -- ''[shoots the child]''



* {{Leitmotif}}: All the main characters get one - Jill a romantic harmony, Cheyenne a comical banjo, Frank a sinister electric guitar and Harmonica is self-explanatory.



* ManInWhite: It's easy to miss, but Harmonica dresses almost completely in white. Or in his case, a worn and patched outfit in a range of light beige and sand colors. Which in this world is as white as it gets.



* MortalWoundReveal: [[spoiler:Happens with Cheyenne, after his ambush of the the rail baron's private train.]]
* MotivatedByFear: Frank quipping to Mr. Morton, that people are more likely sell the land to them if they're properly scared and that 'people scare better when they're dying.'



* MyNameIsInigoMontoya: Beautifully subverted. Harmonica never tells Frank his name. When Frank demands to know, he gives him plenty of names, but none of them his.
-->'''Frank:''' Who are you?\\
'''Harmonica:''' Jim Cooper, Chuck Youngblood.\\
'''Frank:''' More dead men.\\
'''Harmonica:''' They were all alive until they met you, Frank.



* NoPlaceForMeThere: Once his business is completed, Harmonica leaves Sweetwater, as the new society has no use for him.



* NotSoStoic: Harmonica remains calm for the most part, and even when he is annoyed it comes off as mild. [[spoiler:But he's crying in the flashback of his brother's death.]]



* OceanAwe: Mr. Morton is motivated by a desire to see the Pacific Ocean before he dies from his illness.



* PriceOnTheirHead: Cheyenne has a $5, 000 bounty on his head, which Harmonica uses to bid for Sweetwater and save it from Frank and his goons during the auction.



* PunchSpinGape: A gunshot instead of a punch, but this happens to [spoiler:Frank]].



* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Harmonica obviously has a serious beef against Frank, going as far as to protect him from his other enemies just so he can have the privilege of killing Frank himself. [[spoiler:In the end, we find out that he's avenging his brother, who Frank killed in one of the most unforgivable fashions possible when Harmonica was just a little kid.]]



* SameContentDifferentRating: The film features about the same amount of violence and mature themes as Sergio Leone's previous westerns, but it got an M (a precursor to PG) whereas the others all got Rs. In 2003 it was updated to a PG-13.
* SaveTheVillain: Harmonica kills one member of Frank's gang when they betray him for Morton and try to kill him. But unlike other examples of this trope, he's not doing this to save his life, as Jill accuses him of doing, but because Harmonica hates Frank enough to consider himself the only one allowed to kill him.



* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney:
-->'''Mr. Morton''':There are many things you'll never understand. This is one of them.'' [Holding a stack of dollars while looking at Frank's drawn gun] ''You see, Frank, there are many kinds of weapons. And the only one that can stop that is this. Now, shall we get back to our little problem?



* ShowdownAtHighNoon

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* ShowdownAtHighNoonShowdownAtHighNoon: Harmonica and Frank finally settle their conflict this way.



* SilenceIsGolden: The opening has no dialogue as a trio of gunman wait for their target to arrive on a train. The final showdown is over nine minutes long, in which a total of 8 words are spoken.



* ThemeMusicPowerUp: The spooky sound of the hamonica accompanies his raging revenge through the movie, and every time you hear it you know that he'll do something awesome.



* TroubledBackstoryFlashback: Harmonica is relentlessly pursuing Frank, with a few flashbacks showing a blurred figure. [[spoiler:In the final showdown, we get a full flashback which reveals the blurred figure is Frank, who had Harmonica's brother hung from a bell and standing on his shoulders.]]



* VillainProtagonist: Frank is more or less this, as most of the conflict in the main plot revolves around him.

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* VillainProtagonist: Frank is more or less this, as most of this. Although Jill is arguably the conflict in film's protagonist, a lot of it is told through Frank's P.O.V., and it is ultimately his actions that set off the main plot revolves around him.storyline.
1st Feb '17 6:24:20 PM Az_Tech341
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The bad guys die and the train finally gets to Sweetwater, which will grow into a beautiful town where Jill is going to be a very successful woman. On the other hand, Cheyenne, perhaps the most likable character in the film, dies, and Harmonica leaves to (presumably) never be seen again.]] It's even more true on a metaphorical level, as it's shown that the advent of the new industrial era (a major theme of the film) wipes the old-fashioned individualist characters - noble warriors and crude villains alike.

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The bad guys die and the train finally gets to Sweetwater, which will grow into a beautiful town where Jill is going to be a very successful woman. On the other hand, Cheyenne, perhaps the most likable character in the film, dies, and Harmonica leaves to (presumably) never be seen again.]] It's even more also true on a metaphorical level, as it's shown that the advent of the new industrial era (a major theme of the film) wipes the old-fashioned individualist characters - noble warriors and crude villains alike.
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