I must say I wasn’t too knowledgeable about the genre of Spaghetti Western until early this summer. I had seen parts of GBU and the very end of FFOD, but I preferred the American westerns like The Searchers and Shane. Finally, the guilt of having not seen GBU in its entirety convinced me to go out and finish the movie, a decision that has completely changed the way I look at movies. I was hooked. I fell in love with Sergio Leone, and I had to see more. A friend recommended OUATITW and I checked it out. Once again, I was floored. I immediately ordered a copy of the movie to add to my collection and bought all of Leone’s other westerns as well. It was my segue into the Spaghetti Western genre, a genre that I have become seemingly addicted to like many others.
But to focus on the movie, those who describe it as epic and breathtaking have it nailed on the head. In my opinion, it is THE perfect movie (The Godfather be damned!). Everything about it – the characters, the pacing, the score, the dialogue – is pure cinematic perfection! And the fact that it leads to the greatest showdown in the history of cinema is just the icing on the cake! Words cannot accurately describe the love I have for this movie, nor can they do it justice. I am thrilled to have discovered this forum where I can share my enthusiasm for this movie – and many others – with other Spaghetti Western lovers!