PG-13 | | Western
A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.
Clocks are a recurring image, many simply painted, or incomplete, reflecting the theme of time noted in the title. In one gun battle, a shooter aims from "five past noon". Another clock is only painted through four (IV). Compare the shadow line at ... ...
Cattle Corner Station Agent:
Hey. Hey-hey-hey-hey, if you want any tickets, you'll have to go around, eh, to, eh, the front of, eh, eh... oooh, well, I s'pose it'll be all right. The hell am *I* doin' around here if they walk in and can do as they damn please?
The train's box cars have four wheels, a rounded roof, and other features more akin to European railroad practice. The passenger cars have a more American appearance, but feature buffer and chain couplers which were not used on US railroads. The locomotive, though fitted with a bell, cowcatcher, and other applications seen on American engines, has a plate frame, whereas American engines have bar frames.
Sergio Leone's director credit swings down in an arc as if to stop the train.
$5,321,508 (USA) (22 June 1984)
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