The English through Films series uses trailers and film excerpts to help you improve your listening skills and to learn new words and expressions…

Once Upon a Time in the West is an epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone. It stars Henry Fonda, who in this film is cast against type, that is to say, he is the villain and not the hero as he usually is in most of his roles. The role of the hero is played by Charles Bronson.

The film is the story of two conflicts that take place around Flagstone, a fictional town in the American Old West. The first conflict is a land battle related to the construction of a railroad, and the second one is about vengeance against a cold-blooded killer.

In this tense scene, we see Bronson, with his trademark ragged expressionless face, in a typical wild-west gunfight.

There’s only a curt exchange of words at the very end of the clip, but it is quite interesting and can perhaps teach us some useful words and expressions…

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