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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day has a feeling when Harmonica stops whittlin’ something’s gonna happen!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! Ah, finally to one of my all time favorites, Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time In The West! God, what a cast! Charles Bronson as the quiet revenge-seeking badass known as Harmonica, Claudia Cardinale at her peak as a widow everybody wants, Jason Robards as the likeable outlaw and Henry Fonda’s cold as steel bad guy. It’s Fonda who is the focus of today’s pic and he’s one of my favorite parts of this movie. He’s playing against type here, totally ruthless and without a sliver of warmth. Those eyes look like they could cut a man to ribbons. What a fantastic performance! Here’s the pic! Click for the bigger version! Enjoy!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes pic prays it never sees that desert again. Hear it, God! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone

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  • Aug. 31, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST


    by BlackBanana

    bad man

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Great Pic!

    by bass

    I've always thought that, given what we now know about Henry's "skills" as a father, that this role may have been closer to the real-life him than any other...

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    The opening w/ Elam & Strode is retarded...

    by BlackBanana

    ...retarded awesome.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Is it really "behind the scenes"...

    by Snappy Cumback

    ...if they're shown being filmed? I always figured this was stuff about what went on when the cameras weren't rolling.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    This is starting to hurt

    by NippleEffect

    making me miss all the greats that have passed on

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 5:25 p.m. CST

    not fonda this one

    by Anything But Tangerines


  • Aug. 31, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    when like 6 of the 10 biggest directors of the following few dac

    by BadMrWonka

    all list this movies as one of the most influential for their style, is there a more important legacy to be had?<p>and jesus, look at the cast! This was like the Ocean's 11 of it's day, in terms of stars.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Did ya bring a horse for me?

    by Player01

    I love this movie. Love, love love it!

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Thousands of thousands. They call those millions

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    great movie where the hell is the Bluray?

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    QUINT-- Alien (Chestburster) page isn't SHOWING!!!

    by JonChambers

    When I click on the link, it takes me to a page that states: OOOPS!! Error 404 - page not found. PLEASE FIX. Many Thanks!!!

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Once Upon A Time On Her Majesty's Secret Service In The West

    by SnootyBoots

    Sean Connery and Clint Eastwood became stars around the same time playing Bond and The Man With No Name. Both left those roles, also around the same time, and Connery missed out on the best Bond film and Eastwood missed out on the Leone/Morricone masterpiece. Then, also, also around the same time, Connery returned to Bond and Eastwood starred in and directed High Plaines Drifter, very much like a Leone film. And, frankly, I don't miss either one of them in these films. Connery is the best Bond, but you can tell that he had grown tired of Bond in the previous film, You Only Live Twice, and he was round 40 and putting on some weight. I like Lazenby as a younger, fitter Bond and I think he gives a fine performance. And I just prefer Bronson as a Man With No Name. Some acors have a presence on screen and Bronson kind of glides through this film like a force of nature. Fonda gets all the notice because he's playing a ruthless bad guy, but It's Bronson's film all the way for me.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Fonda should have been nominated for Best Supporting Actor

    by SoylentMean

    His role is so damn iconic and pretty much the go to example for actors playing against type. I hope they put this film on Blu-Ray but for now I still have my two disc version that I got for 5 bucks back in the day! One of the greatest DVD purchases ever!

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    No apology for yesterday's fake?


    That was horrible. I love all things Twilight Zone and didn't even save that picture to my collection.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 6:04 p.m. CST

    yeah the twilight zone pic was pretty fake

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    did quint ever acknowledge it's fakeness?

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Tomorrow's is "Lawrence of Arabia"?

    by Skyway Moaters

    Cooool. On of the best films ever made. A beautiful young iconic O'Toole? Could be the best BTS pic of the day of all...

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 6:08 p.m. CST

    I like that Quint: "Cold as steel"...

    by Skyway Moaters

    Was Fonda GREAT in this or what?

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Eastwood, Van Cleef and Wallach

    by alan_poon

    Wasn't it meant to be them in the train station at the start of the film?

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST


    by Mr Lucas

    Apparently Fonda always insisted on having that little light shining on his face.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    15yrs Later and He's Dead!

    by Tassium

    Makes you think. And the Twilight Zone pic was not a fake, dark shadows that would have looked like they were growing out of his head/behind when printed (in low-res newspaper)were painted over. Outlines and details were added to give contrast/zip.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Lee Van Cleef

    by th3480

    Is a goddamned amazing human being.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Love should last a life or at least a year, but it lasts a week

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    you'r a wrecking ball, in a summer dress

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Look At It From Fonda's Point of View

    by Aquatarkusman

    That ginger kid needed killin'.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 6:59 p.m. CST

    You interested in fashion, Harmonica?

    by SnootyBoots

    I saw three of these dusters a short time ago, They were waitin' on a train. Inside the dusters there were three men. Inside the men there were three bullets.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 6:59 p.m. CST

    You're right SnootyBoots...

    by Skyway Moaters

    I never really thought about it in those terms before, and I've watched this at least 20 times over the years, but you're right. As great as Fonda is in this, Bronson does kind of own this film.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 6:59 p.m. CST

    You're right SnootyBoots...

    by Skyway Moaters

    I never really thought about it in those terms before, and I've watched this at least 20 times over the years, but you're right. As great as Fonda is in this, Bronson does kind of own this film.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    god ddamn that reminds me

    by ieatgarbage

    when did man meat go out of style in this country? i mean i love putting my cock in some pussy from time to time but are you fucking kidding me? where are the dudes, the panchos, the ponys, the sunsets, the fires, the meat the meat. i can't stress it enough. we had meat in spades back in the day. charles bronson could fuck you so hard he'd turn you black. i swear.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 7:09 p.m. CST



  • Aug. 31, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST

    I'm Fonda Henry. OHHHHHH!!!



  • Aug. 31, 2010, 7:25 p.m. CST

    first... I dont like these pics of the day stuff

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...I mean, it is cool to have pictures, but I kinda expect news from this site... not a image a day from google images...<p>second...wtfuckers is up with the Situation ad? man I cant wait for the ad featuring Snooki endorsing a Heathcliff dvd

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 7:40 p.m. CST

    possibly my fav. score of any film

    by strykebr

    recently watched this again, but on HDnet, such an epic

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Just want to say I called this pic, in the previous Rod

    by tritium

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    ,,,called this pic from the hint in the

    by tritium

    last Qunit Pic of the Day (Rod Serling).

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST

    YOU don't know how to play.

    by Fuzzyjefe

    LOVE Once Upon a Time. And hell yes, Claudia Cardinale was super-nova beautiful in it. I mean, totally ass-hot spankable, can you dig?

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Keep Your Lovin' Brother Happy!

    by tritium

    One of the all time best lines, said by one of our greatest actor, during one of the all time coolest scenes, accompanied by one of the greatest movie fucking MOVIE HISTORY!

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 8:08 p.m. CST

    I have a hard time watching Fonda as a villian

    by vin_diggler

    The first time I saw him was in "On Golden Pond" when I was a kid and he has been stuck in my mind as that lovable old man ever since. It's kinda like finding out your grandpa had a dark sinister past.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    I have a hard time looking at Claudia Cardinale

    by Stuntcock Mike

    without, you know, jacking off fiercely.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST

    My favourite all time Fonda role

    by Juggernaut125

    was as Jack Beuregard in "My Name Is Nobody". Not as super-awesome as OUATITW, but still a film close to my heart.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Stuntcock Mike



  • Aug. 31, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    My grandfather was a trained killer.


    But he'd tell me stories and give me candy and bring me to the funpark, so its cool by me.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST

    The ending...

    by ConfusedPanda

    gets me every single time I watch this movie - the part when he suggests she bring the workers some water: "You can't imagine how happy it makes a man to see a woman like you." I don't know...the first time I watched the movie that line really hit me hard. I didn't expect such a poignant line after so much classic guy-movie awesomeness.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    The ending confused me too...............


  • Aug. 31, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Haven't seen it

    by BBSloth

    any good?

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Stuntcock Mike, I hear ya

    by Player01

    Claudia is goddamn beyautifuaul in this movie.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Morton's Death Scene

    by Player01

    Probably overlooked in the movie, but damn it was powerful. And the tiny bit of theme music behind it enough to break your heart.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Looks like we're shy one horse!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Nope. You brought two...too many.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Hey bout some cookies?

    by Six Demon Bag

    No dice<p>this ain't ovah!!

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Bout time eh frank??

    by Six Demon Bag

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Great movie

    by GrndlWnderer

    BBSLOTH...If you like great movies that are both art and pop...pretty much cannot do better than this...perhaps the pinnacle of Italian Westerns. AS awesome as both Bronson ( his very best) and Fonda were in this, Robards steels this movie for me.And his scene with Cardinale...ahh man...and then his even better moment with Bronson at the end.But honestly, it is a great big EPIC POEM ( look up what an epic poem is) of a movie. Great acting, amazing score and pitch perfect editing. Sadly, thanks to jump cutting and the MTV edit,most younger viewers do not have the patience or attention span this movie requires. But if you are willing to enjoy a scene that builds tension, the opening 10 minutes will just about convince you of how brilliant this movie is.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 10:41 p.m. CST

    and my favorite line

    by GrndlWnderer

    ginger headed boy(who has Franks gun pointed at him) stares at men who have just slaughtered his family.Random thug says: "What are you gonna do with this one,Frank?" Frank, Henry Fonda,without a hint of remorse or conscience: "Now that you have called me by my name..." cut away and a loud shot fires.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Cardinale is smokin' hot in this! You don't get women..

    by moonlightdrive

    like that anymore.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 11:26 p.m. CST

    I guess the next pic will be Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

    by RPLocke


  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Juggernaut: Nice call...

    by DreadPirateRoberts

    My favorite Fonda role too. It is hard for me to see him in western getup and NOT remember that role.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:31 a.m. CST

    And I concur with you others, Claudia

    by tritium

    Cardinale was so smokin' hot in this movie. One of the most gorgeous women to ever grace the silver screen...even if us Americans only saw a small part of her total work.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Something to do with death...

    by Player01

    ...Sergio said all the male protagonists in this movie were burdened with the knowledge that they were going to die at any moment. Was interesting to watch it again with that in mind, IMHO.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Saw how much Eastwood affected Leone

    by jbs9200

    OUATITW really shows you how much influence Eastwood had in the Man With No Name trilogy.<p> Reportedly he would cut huge sections of dialog from the movies and argue with Leone that explaining back story was not needed.<p> Here you see a bit of that unneeded back story Leone should have cut. Still love the movie.<p> OUAT-During the Revolution (Duck You Sucker) really has a ton of back story that distracts from the movie. The happy Irish crap should never have been shot, let alone made it to the movie.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 2:08 a.m. CST


    by CuervoJones

    Every Leone fan should visit the spanish desert of Almeria. The fake western towns of those movies are still there.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 2:46 a.m. CST


    by WavingFlagsInSpace

    I went to see the remastered version of this at the BFI last year and it was the single greatest movie experience of my life.<p>I'd been waiting 20 years to see it at the cinema, to hear that soundtrack played over a great sound system, to sit back in a comfy seat and let Leone's huge vistas blow me away...fuck it makes me shiver when I think about it now.<p>And this is Caludia Cardinale's film, in my humble opinion - Jill glues the entire story together (she is the embodiment of the new America, the mother figue who nourishes then men who build Sweet Water) and the look on her face when she realises Harmonica is going to walk out, just like Cheyenne predicted, is...well, simply breathtaking.<p>Thanks for posting this photo, it brought back a lot of happy, happy memories.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Everybody has a favourite character

    by alan_poon

    Mine was Cheyenne. Robards is great in every film I've seen him in. This squeaks in just ahead of Something Wicked Comes This Way.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 6:04 a.m. CST

    The perfect hot, lazy Sunday afternoon movie.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 6:14 a.m. CST

    anyone else seeing ads for THE PHANTOM on DVD

    by savagedave

    on everypage?

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Double Feature

    by PrivateIron

    Watch this with Red Sun: Cardinale, Bronson and Toshiro Mfune, not to mention that famous French noir guy. One is art and the other is an amazing guilty pleasure.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 7:14 a.m. CST

    I'm an Idiot

    by PrivateIron

    It was not Cardinale, but Capucine (must have Pink Panther on the brain.) But throw her in with Ursula and that's got to be at least equal to Claudia.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 7:25 a.m. CST

    the name of the french noir guy is Alain Delon

    by KilliK

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST


    by HamburgerEarmuffs

    You gonna explain how the backstory isnt needed? Are we just supposed to wonder about Harmonica and Frank? Besides that took maybe 5 minutes of the whole film.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST

    As genius as Sergio was he never surpassed Ford

    by KilliK

    he did brought a different kind of western film-making,but the true greatest western master will always be Ford.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST

    My Name Is Nobody

    by Mr Lucas

    - very enjoyable film. Also, I agree about all the silly flashbacks in Duck You Sucker. savagedave - never heard of Adblock Plus? noob!

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    This movie is so awesome it redefines the term "AWESOME"

    by Suskis how many movies can give you so many thrills along his playing time and bring you to such an immense finale? this soundtrack alone is beyond belief!

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    There are no deserts in Europe. Almeria is mediterranean bush terrain, filmed to look more dry and desert-like then it is.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I prefer Sergio Leone's westersn to John Ford. Leone's goes for either stylish operatic or dramatic when Ford always went for sentimentality. And i rather Leone's approach myself. I always found Ford's sentimentatity irritating and sistracting. But then again, i'm not american, somany Sergio Leone's italian sensebilities are something closer to my own cultural background. Truth be said, Leone was a huge fan of John Ford, and visually quotes him a lot in his western movies, specially OUATITW.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    RED SUN is indeed loads of fun. Mifume playing a samurai in the old west teaming up with Bronson, what's not to like about it?

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:34 p.m. CST

    I've been working on the rail road.

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Sergio was the man

    by tomimt

    He's pretty much done all of my favourite westerns. Well okay, maybe not all, but quite a few.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 11:50 p.m. CST

    This was one western too many for Sergio Leone.

    by detinue

    He should have stopped making them after, "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" because he was never going to top that one. There was no way left for Leone to make a western any bigger or better, especially after Clint Eastwood headed back stateside and moved on to other projects. Sure, "Once Upon a Time in the West" was Leone's biggest budget, but the whole movie seemed small and tired and recycled from his better earlier films.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 6:38 a.m. CST


    by Spunkmonkey

    You can't be serious? I love The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and I find it hard to choose between that film and this as my favourite Leone </p> <p>Some of teh shots in this film are incredible. The slow panning shot at the train station at the beginning, when it rises up and you see the town for the first time ... just as the music reaches crescendo. Only better shot is the grave scene in TGTBATU. </p> <p> But good though it was TGTBTU is more a stylised version of a Western than an authentic Western. The imagery is WW1 - most obviously at the bridge scene. OUATITW feels more authetic to me - perhaps because it was filmed in the States </p> <p> And the other great moment for me is the crippled guy crawling to the puddle which serves as his Pacific as he dies. That Frank doesn't shoot him before he drags himself there is probably the only bit of compassion he shows in the whole film. Love this film

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 6:42 a.m. CST

    when I say the grave scene

    by Spunkmonkey

    I am referring to the shots as The Ugly (is he the Ugly? I interpret that title that they are all a bit of Good, Bad and Ugly but in different measures - Cleef being Good at what he does) is running round and round and the music gets faster and faster before it just stops on the grave Arch Stanton

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST


    by Sailor Rip

    OUaTitW is on TCM right now. Wish I had more of an advance notice, missed the first hour.