the power hungry owner of a rail company (Gabriele Ferzetti) hires Frank
(Henry Fonda, playing against type), a gunfighter without a conscience,
to kill anyone who stands in the way of the completion of the railroad.
After Frank murders McBain (Frank Wolff), McBain's widow (Claudia
Cardinale) hires two killers (Jason Robards & Charles Bronson) of
her own to protect her and gain revenge. Using techniques previously
unseen in the genre, Leone utilizes close-ups, color, and Ennio
Morricone's score to create a tense, somber meditation on death which is
widely considered to be one of the best westerns in cinematic history.
Dario Argento (SUSPIRIA) and Bernardo Bertolucci (THE LAST EMPEROR)
collaborated with Leone on the screenplay.