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After the Dollars trilogy Leone wanted to do what eventually became known as the "America Trilogy" Once Upon A Time in the West, Once Upon a Time in the Revolution (also known as Die You Sucker), and Once Upon a Time in America are all part of that trilogy. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064116/trivia?ref_=tt_trv_trv


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Your core question was already answered by @Rosie. But i will take a few lines to reply to Is there a reason the film titles are so similar? The phrase Once upon a time ... is a very common pattern when starting a fairy tale. So by naming his movie with this prefix, Sergio Leone emphasizes that he is telling a story in the sense of a fairy tale that you ...


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