History Film / OnceUponATimeInTheWest

30th Nov '17 5:32:22 PM ClintEastwood
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* HappilyMarried: Brief as it was, Jill and Brett truly loved each other; she also notably insists on using ''his'' last name, not hers.

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* HappilyMarried: HappilyMarried: Brief as it was, Jill and Brett truly loved each other; she also notably insists on using ''his'' last name, not hers. hers.
* HateSink: Frank is an utterly despicable ChildHater who has no redeemable or likable traits whatsoever. Years ago, he [[spoiler:killed off Harmonica's brother in probably the most sadistic way possible]], and now he goes and kills off a farming family, including their youngest son. [[RapeAsDrama Then he advances on the widow]]. He is clearly meant to garner much of the viewers' hatred and revulsion as possible.
30th Nov '17 5:31:08 PM ClintEastwood
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* TheComicallySerious: In the opening scene, Stony, who is completely [[MeaningfulName stone-faced]] as water drips from the rafters onto his head, and then onto his hat.



* HappilyMarried: Brief as it was, Jill and Brett truly loved each other; she also notably insists on using ''his'' last name, not hers.

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* HappilyMarried: HappilyMarried: Brief as it was, Jill and Brett truly loved each other; she also notably insists on using ''his'' last name, not hers.
30th Nov '17 5:29:53 PM ClintEastwood
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* AntiHero:
** Harmonica is completely remorseless and nearly machine-like in his pursuit of Frank, using Jill as bait, and brutalizing those who get in his way.
** Cheyenne.

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* AntiHero:
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AntiHero: Harmonica is completely remorseless and nearly machine-like in his pursuit of Frank, using Jill as bait, and brutalizing those who get in his way.
** Cheyenne.
way.



* {{Bandito}}: Frank, in the flashback.

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* {{Bandito}}: {{Bandito}}:
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Frank, in the flashback.



* BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[spoiler:Averted, Stony is the last of the three gunmen to be killed in the opening. He even manages to shoot Harmonica as he goes.]]



* ChildHater: Frank has shades of this. One of the earliest evil deeds Frank does is kill a child ''with a big smile''. He also [[spoiler:subjected Harmonica to a horrible torment at a young age, too]]. If anything, Frank seems to get a special kick out of torturing kids.



* CoolOldGuy: Frank is a gunslinger played by Henry Fonda, and an example of LoveToHate despite how horrible he is.



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Downplayed; though Morton's rich and unscrupulous, he's not exactly greedy, and [[VisionaryVillain views constructing a transcontinental railroad as a worthwhile achievement on its own]].



* DeadpanSnarker: Frank and Harmonica are both exceptionally sarcastic.

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* DeadpanSnarker: DeadpanSnarker:
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Frank and Harmonica are both exceptionally sarcastic.sarcastic.
** Jill's a worldly woman who has her fair share of dry one-liners.



* {{Determinator}}: Morton '''will''' reach the Pacific Ocean before he dies, no matter how many others die in the process.



* DragonAscendant: [[spoiler:Frank becomes the biggest threat following the death of Mr. Morton.]]



* EvilWearsBlack
** Frank wears dark and black clothes, and that is perfectly adjusted to his evilness.
** In the opening scene, Stony wears dark purple.



* HappilyMarried: Brief as it was, Jill and Brett truly loved each other; she also notably insists on using ''his'' last name, not hers.
* TheHeavy: Frank, Morton's top field agent, who is the real threat to Jill, as well as the reason for Harmonica's involvement.



* {{Jerkass}: Frank. Harmonica, to a lesser extent.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Mr. [=McBain=] abuses one of his sons when the lad talks back, and seems to be a domineering man in general, but it's also evident that the man deeply cares for his family, specially for his daughter.

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* {{Jerkass}: Frank. Harmonica, to a lesser extent.
{{Jerkass}}: Frank is easily the biggest jerk in the entire film: He's toxic, cruel, short-tempered, ruthless, sadistic and vile.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** Cheyenne arguably treats Jill with the most respect out of all of the men in the movie.
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Mr. [=McBain=] abuses one of his sons when the lad talks back, and seems to be a domineering man in general, but it's also evident that the man deeply cares for his family, specially for his daughter.daughter.
%%** Harmonica.



%%* LackOfEmpathy: Frank.



* LieBackAndThinkOfEngland: After being kidnapped by Frank, Jill lets him have his way with her in order to save her own life, and even pretends to enjoy it.



* LoveableRogue: Cheyenne

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* %%* LoveableRogue: CheyenneCheyenne.



* NiceGuy:
** Cheyenne has his moments in the film.
** Jill is a NiceGal.

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* NiceGuy:
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NiceGal: Jill is friendly, civil, and by far the nicest person in the film.
* NiceGuy:
Cheyenne has his moments in the film.
** Jill is a NiceGal.* NoLastNameGiven: Frank, which adds to his mystique.


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* ObviouslyEvil: The three gunmen in the intro. Maybe not Woody Strode, but Creator/JackElam with his lazy eye and perma-stubble? Al Mulock cracking his knuckles?


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* RealityEnsues: Taking on three armed men out in the open, Harmonica was bound to get shot.


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* WeaponOfChoice: Frank uses a nickel-plated Colt Single Action Army revolver "Cavalry" style (7.5 inch barrel) with black grips.


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* YoungerThanHeLooks: Though you really can't tell with him being as sun-dried and wrinkled as he is, Harmonica is roughly 20 years younger than Frank.
30th Nov '17 4:21:13 PM ClintEastwood
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* AxCrazy: Frank is a very subtle example, since we rarely ever see him lose his cool demeanor. However, he's a [[{{Sadist}} sadistic]] PsychoForHire with a very twisted, morbid viewpoint of his actions: He states that "people scare better when they are dying".



* BestServedCold: [[spoiler:Harmonica's revenge is obtained decades after.]]

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* BestServedCold: [[spoiler:Harmonica's revenge is obtained decades after.]]Harmonica has spent most of his life hunting down Frank, who [[spoiler:murdered his brother when they were teenagers. By putting a noose round the brother's neck, and forcing him to stand on Harmonica's shoulders until his legs gave way, no less]].



* DarkIsEvil: Frank goes all black in the second half of the movie.

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* DarkIsEvil: Frank goes all is always wearing dark and black in the second half of the movie.clothes, and that is perfectly adjusted to his extreme evilness.



* DeathOfAChild: Frank kills the [=McBain=] family in his introduction scene, including a little boy. Not only that, but he saves the little boy for last (though it might be just because the kid happened to be inside at the time, and only came out after the others were killed). Also while the others were sniped from a distance, Frank goes right up to the boy, and ''smiles'' as he pulls out his gun.



* DyingAlone: [[spoiler:Cheyenne asks Harmonica to look away.]]

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* DyingAlone: [[spoiler:Cheyenne asks made an effort to return to Jill even asking her if he shouldn't stay, before leaving with Harmonica and collapsing just out of sight of everybody from a bullet he had caught a few hours ago, because he didn't want her to look away.know.]]



* 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.

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* FalseFlagOperation: The massacre of the McBains [=McBain=]s 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.



* FamousLastWords:
* "W-who are you?" [[spoiler:Frank]]
** "Go away. Go away. Go away, I don't want you to see me die." [[spoiler:Cheyenne]]



* {{Jerkass}: Frank. Harmonica, to a lesser extent.



%%* KnightErrant: Harmonica.



* {{Leitmotif}}: Most of the main characters have their own - Jill a romantic harmony, Cheyenne a comical banjo, Frank a sinister electric guitar and Harmonica is self-explanatory. During Frank and Harmonica's duel, their themes overlap.



* {{Leitmotif}}: Most of the main characters have their own - Jill a romantic harmony, Cheyenne a comical banjo, Frank a sinister electric guitar and Harmonica is self-explanatory. During Frank and Harmonica's duel, their themes overlap.



* MailOrderBride: Jill [=McBain=]

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* MailOrderBride: The plot is kicked off when Jill [=McBain=]arrives at her new home just hours after everyone there was slaughtered as part of a land grab. Definitely '''not'' played for yuks, since he wanted a mother for his children and she wanted a new life.



* OnceUponATime
* OneWomanWail: "Jill's America"

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* %%* OnceUponATime
* OneWomanWail: "Jill's America"America": slow, arching very high and very low, and achingly beautiful. It first appears in the background when she arrives at her house and sees what should have been her new family, every member gunned down in cold blood.



* RailroadPlot: [[spoiler:McBain knew that any train line through the region could only refuel water for the steam engine in a single place and build his farm on the site, expecting to make a small fortune by selling water to the train company. So Morton had the family killed by Frank so that he could buy the land himself.]]

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* RailroadPlot: [[spoiler:McBain [[spoiler:[=McBain=] knew that any train line through the region could only refuel water for the steam engine in a single place and build his farm on the site, expecting to make a small fortune by selling water to the train company. So Morton had the family killed by Frank so that he could buy the land himself.]]



* ShoutOut:
** Bursting with references both obvious and subtle to classic American Westerns, from ''Film/HighNoon'' and ''Film/{{Shane}}'' to ''Johnny Guitar'' and ''Run of the Arrow''.
* ShowdownAtHighNoon: Harmonica and Frank finally settle their conflict this way.

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* ShoutOut:
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ShoutOut: Bursting with references both obvious and subtle to classic American Westerns, from ''Film/HighNoon'' and ''Film/{{Shane}}'' to ''Johnny Guitar'' and ''Run of the Arrow''.
* ShowdownAtHighNoon: Harmonica and Frank finally settle their conflict this way.



** Woody Strode and Jack Elam as two of the hitmen waiting for the train at the beginning.

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** Woody Strode and Jack Elam Creator/JackElam as two of the hitmen waiting for the train at the beginning.



* TragicDream: Morton desperately wishes to see his railway reach the Pacific Ocean before the tuberculosis that has crippled him fully claims his lungs and his life, so much so that he enlists the aid of a monster like Frank to 'clear the track' and eliminate any problems they find in the way (thus jump-starting the plot). Frank makes some grim comments about the progression of Morton's disease as they've crossed the country, and given Morton's pitiably feeble state it seems doubtful he'd ever make it to the ocean even if he weren't ultimately killed in a shootout at the end.



* TwilightOfTheOldWest: The railroad is used as an analogy for the dying WildWest, with [[BigBad Frank]] and [[TheGunslinger Harmonica]] exchanging these lines:
-->'''Harmonica''': So you found out you're not a businessman after all?
-->'''Frank''': Just a man.
-->'''Harmonica''': An ancient race. ''[looks to the approaching railroad]'' Other Mortons[[note]]The BiggerBad, who's a businessman[[/note]] will be along and they'll kill it off.



* VillainProtagonist: Played completely straight in Frank. 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.



* WhammyBid: The five-thousand-dollar bid.

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* WhammyBid: Jill''s land had been put in auction. The five-thousand-dollar bid.bids were in the hundreds when Harmonica bids $5,000. Instead of paying with money, he brings in Cheyenne, for which a reward in the bid's value had been offered.


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* YouRemindMeOfX: Cheyenne tells Jill that he reminds her of his mother.
-->You know, Jill, you remind me of my mother. She was the biggest whore in Alameda and the finest woman that ever lived. Whoever my father was - for an hour or for a month - he must have been a happy man.
28th Oct '17 12:47:06 AM VisitorAlex
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* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the Western in general. A widow gains the support of a gunslinger and a local outlaw with a good heart in order to fend off the corrupt railroad tycoon? Sounds like the plot to half the Westerns of the 1950s. [[spoiler:But in this case, the gunslinger isn't doing it for the widow and has his own agenda, the widow in question is a former prostitute who isn't above sleeping with the villain to save her own life, and the bandit chief is protecting her largely because she reminds him of his mother. In the end, the gunslinger moves off for his next showdown, there's no romantic conclusion, and the railroad moves on, pushing the West of the film further and further away.]]

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* {{Deconstruction}}: Of This movie definitively deconstructs TheWestern even more than the Western ''Film/DollarsTrilogy'' did. Sergio Leone filmed much of it in general. A widow gains Monument Valley, where the support of a gunslinger Creator/JohnFord classics were filmed, and a local outlaw with a good heart in order to fend off the corrupt railroad tycoon? Sounds like the plot to half the Westerns of the 1950s. [[spoiler:But in this case, the gunslinger isn't doing it for the widow and has his own agenda, the widow in question is a former prostitute who isn't above sleeping with the villain to save her own life, and the bandit chief is protecting her largely because she reminds him of his mother. In the end, the gunslinger moves off for his next showdown, there's no romantic conclusion, and the railroad moves on, pushing the West of the film further bears specific allusions to other films such as ''Film/JohnnyGuitar'' and further away.]]''Film/{{Shane}}''. Complete with obvious inclusions of typical western stereotypes being used in a very not-typical manner. It says a lot that Leone intended to use the lead actors from ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' as the three thugs whom Harmonica kills in the first ten minutes of the film. (All three of the actors ''liked'' the idea, but it was scrapped when Creator/ClintEastwood wasn't available.)
11th Oct '17 12:51:21 AM VisitorAlex
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* BigBad: Mr. Morton. Ironically, he's the BigBad, but more sympathetic than Frank, who is the VillainProtagonist and much more evil.
* BigBadEnsemble: Mr. Morton and Frank are the main antagonists of the film. Frank might be the focus of Harmonica and Cheyenne's anger, but it was Mr. Morton who hired him and set the plan in motion.

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* BigBad: Mr. Morton. Ironically, he's the BigBad, but more sympathetic than Frank, who is the VillainProtagonist and much more evil.
* BigBadEnsemble: Mr. Morton and
Frank. Although he takes his orders from [[BigBadWannabe Morton]], Frank are the main antagonists of manipulates everyone to function as he wants them to. Furthermore, [[spoiler:he is wanted by Harmonica throughout the film. Frank might be the focus of Harmonica and Cheyenne's anger, but Its because he wants revenge on him for killing his brother.]]
* BigBadWannabe: Morton. Sure,
it was Mr. Morton him who hired him Frank and set the plan in motion.motion, but compared to him, Morton is much more sympathetic and lacks of ruthlessness. Furthermore, Morton is constantly bullied by Frank.
18th Jun '17 2:59:33 PM nombretomado
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''Once Upon a Time in the West'' (in Italian: ''C'era una volta il West'') (1968) is considered Creator/SergioLeone's masterpiece; according to ThatOtherWiki, it's a prime example of an Epic Western.

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''Once Upon a Time in the West'' (in Italian: ''C'era una volta il West'') (1968) is considered Creator/SergioLeone's masterpiece; according to ThatOtherWiki, Wiki/ThatOtherWiki, it's a prime example of an Epic Western.
28th May '17 9:16:36 PM Az_Tech341
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[[IThoughtThatWas No, it's not a spin-off of]] ''Series/OnceUponATime''. How could it, if the film came out long before then?
28th May '17 6:06:57 PM nightelf37
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[[IThoughtThatWas No, it's not a spin-off of]] ''Series/OnceUponATime''. How could it, if the film came out long before then?
31st Mar '17 3:36:06 PM Az_Tech341
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** Harmonica and especially Cheyenne aren't exactly spring chickens either but they're still not to be taken lightly.
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