Genre Grandeur – Once Upon A Time in the West (1968) – Encore Review – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Movies of the Outdoors here’s a review of Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995) by Me

Thanks again to Joel of Joel Watches Movies for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by Jess Manzo of French Toast Sunday and we will be reviewing our favorite Movies that take place over a 24 Hour Time Frame (Not including time loop movies).

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Aug by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Jess!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“You know, ma’am, when you’ve killed four, it’s easy to make it five.” – Cheyenne

Number of Times Seen – Twice (18 Jun 2014 and 28 Jul 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A mysterious man arrives in a border town and must work with an outlaw in order to try and protect a young widow from a  devious man working for the railroad industry.

My Take on it – Obviously this genre encompasses just about every kind of western ever made.

This is one of Sergio Leone’s masterpieces that became known as spaghetti Westerns and it still holds up over 50 years later.

The cast is superb with Charles Bronson, Jason Robards and Henry Fonda all doing stellar work with the characters that they are given.

Each have a mysterious aura to them as most of their histories are kept completely secret throughout most of the film.

The film is able to show how complex and layered characters can be in Westerns and it doesn’t just show a black and white view of good vs evil.

The story is quite gritty and filled with lots of surprises along the way that show both compassion and villainy when least expected which in turn brings a true realism to the way that the old West is depicted here.

The music is amazing and helps keep the story engaging while moving along at a great pace.

The film is nearly 3 hours long yet is filled with so much that it never drags along or makes the viewer wish for it to finally end because it stays so enjoyable to watch unfold.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Henry Fonda originally turned down the role of Frank. Director Sergio Leone flew to the United States and met with Fonda, who asked why he was wanted for the film. Leone replied, “Picture this: the camera shows a gunman from the waist down pulling his gun and shooting a running child. The camera pans up to the gunman’s face and…it’s Henry Fonda” (until then, with one exception, Fonda had only been cast in “good guy” roles. Leone wanted the audience to be shocked). (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)


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