Top 29 West Movie Facts

Following is our collection of West facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of West film message.

In North by Northwest, (1959) just before a gun is fired, you can see a child in the background cover his ears as he anticipates the loud bang.

In Wild Wild West, one of the only buildings left standing after Loveless' assault, is called the Lucky Hotel.
In Wild Wild West, one of the only buildings left standing after Loveless' assault, is called the Lucky Hotel.

West Trivia

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  1. For Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) Sergio Leone was so confident in Ennio Morricone that he had him compose the score for the film before production began and then played it during filming to help create the right atmosphere

  2. The slow camera pan to reveal Frank's face after he massacres the McBain family was intentionally designed by Sergio Leone to shock the audience. Up until that point, audiences had never seen clean-cut good-guy actor Henry Fonda play a sadistic murderer

  3. And Blazing Saddles (1974) were shot on the same set.

  4. The original choice to play the three gunman in the opening scene were Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach, the titular characters in Sergio Leone's previous movie The Good, The Bad and The Ugly...

West Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • In the starting credits we see the actual Alfred Hitchcock attempt to chase his name, but gets blocked by a bus

  • 1 - After General McGrath is killed, a puppy walks up to his ear horn in a direct homage to the logo for His Master's Voice.
    After General McGrath is killed, a puppy walks up to his ear horn in a direct homage to the logo for His Master's Voice.
  • A crudely-drawn penis can be seen pointing at Tanya's mouth for a single frame

  • 1 - Did anybody else notice this in Wild Wild West (1999)
    Did anybody else notice this in Wild Wild West (1999)

West Hidden Details

1 - The musical inspired by Romeo and Juliet, the song Tonight begins in iambic pentameter.
The musical inspired by Romeo and Juliet, the song Tonight begins in iambic pentameter.
1 - Jill McBain checks her pocket watch after arriving in Flagstone. The difference from the Station Time illustrates how far she travelled, but doesn't correspond to an hourly lapse because the setting of the movie predates the advent of Modern Standard Time.
Jill McBain checks her pocket watch after arriving in Flagstone. The difference from the Station Time illustrates how far she travelled, but doesn't correspond to an hourly lapse because the setting of the movie predates the advent of Modern Standard Time.
1 - Loveless' party's building has a spider web on its fenestration. (His whole thing is spiders)
Loveless' party's building has a spider web on its fenestration. (His whole thing is spiders)

When Cat R. Wahl hears Tawnya singing and his ear perks up, a treble clef shows up on his ear for a short moment.

The snake from Westworld (1973) shows up in a scene in Westworld (2016), one of the many Easter eggs in the series that allude to the two being directly connected [x-post from /r/TVDetails]

: When Roger is about to do it with Eve, the train they're on enters a narrow tunnel surrounded by bushes.

1 - General McGrath growls like a dog and scratches himself at this moment. earlier in the film Gordon hypnotized McGrath into thinking he's a dog to get information out of him but Jim West breaks in and tries to kill McGrath. McGrath flees and never has the hypnotism lifted.
General McGrath growls like a dog and scratches himself at this moment. earlier in the film Gordon hypnotized McGrath into thinking he's a dog to get information out of him but Jim West breaks in and tries to kill McGrath. McGrath flees and never has the hypnotism lifted.
1 - Jill McBain arrives in Flagstone to meet her husband while wearing a black dress. When he isn't there, she heads to his ranch in Sweetwater to find a funeral ceremony taking place for him and his children.
Jill McBain arrives in Flagstone to meet her husband while wearing a black dress. When he isn't there, she heads to his ranch in Sweetwater to find a funeral ceremony taking place for him and his children.
1 - During the final shootout Jay is shot by Rose whom he loves and then Rose kisses another person, when this happens a salt jar is shot and salt falls into Jays bullet wound. And so the kiss is just the salt in his wound of not being loved by Rose.
During the final shootout Jay is shot by Rose whom he loves and then Rose kisses another person, when this happens a salt jar is shot and salt falls into Jays bullet wound. And so the kiss is just the salt in his wound of not being loved by Rose.

A truck with the words "Zephyr Van Lines" blasts by Thornhill in the bus stop scene. The truck creates a violent wind that kicks up dust and tousles Thornhill's hair. A definition of zephyr is "gentle breeze." This scene is visual irony. A "gentle breeze" creates a dust storm.

Cat R. Waul promises cats and mice and even dogs working together. At the end of the film Tiger (the cat) Fivel (the mouse), and Wylie Burp (the dog) work together.

After Jim West kills all the men from the paintings in Loveless' office, you can see a blank spot on the canvas where one of them was standing.

15 minutes before the end of the last episode of Westoworld a voice on the PA says "Thank you for visiting Westworld, the train will be departing in 15 minutes."

1 - She stands on the 'wrong' side on the escalator because she never used one
She stands on the 'wrong' side on the escalator because she never used one
1 - When the tank attacks the confederate soldiers, there is a target symbol in the grass.
When the tank attacks the confederate soldiers, there is a target symbol in the grass.
1 - Westworld S3 Ep2 The Winter Line, there is a customer in Costa Rica who has ordered some familiar robotics, GoT
Westworld S3 Ep2 The Winter Line, there is a customer in Costa Rica who has ordered some familiar robotics, GoT
1 - "Leftie" can be seen closing a window on his van, implying that the window of opportunity is closing.
"Leftie" can be seen closing a window on his van, implying that the window of opportunity is closing.
1 - Navy Chair, as does McDonald's
Navy Chair, as does McDonald's
West poster
West poster

West Plot

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.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of West. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Western
Director Sergio Leone
Stars Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson
IMDB score 8.5