Once Upon A Time in America

Once Upon A Time in America

DVD - 2015
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Two childhood friends form an uneasy partnership in crime which leads to death.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2015]
Edition: Extended director's cut
Call Number: DVD F ONCE
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (251 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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it's funny how we have many Italian and Irish mafia films but hardly any Jewish mafia ones. this film, exceptionally well-done and well-acted, is the most quiet gangster film around.

Nov 26, 2020

Spaghetti western grand master Sergio Leone's last and longest movie is an entry in the 1970s-'80s cycle of grandiose gangster flicks. Very few, perhaps, will prefer it to Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather trilogy, and many--myself included--will find many elements in it peculiar; for instance, one boy in Noodles and Max's street gang in the '20s is named Dominic--a dead-giveaway Catholic name--although the boys are said to be Jews and their auxiliary member, Fat Moe, works in and inherits his family's bar-restaurant, with its large Stars of David emblazoned on its windows. (For that matter, although scraps of Yiddish figure in the dialogue, none of the gang is played by a Jewish actor, as far as I could ascertain.) This weirdness alone seems to encourage the view that the whole movie is a complicated opium dream by thirtysomething Noodles (Robert De Niro) after he has sent the other remaining members to their demise. He enters the den in one of the earliest scenes and is shown broadly smiling, apparently under the drug's influence and no older than in the first opium-den scene, in the last shot. The flashback and flash-forward structure of the story thus bookended thereby makes most sense as a free-flowing dream that begs a lot of questions: how does Max (James Woods) not die, after all, and rise to be a presidential cabinet member, and how does the suitcase with the money in it--or, at one point, not in it--remain in the same train-station safety locker for 30-odd years. Leone did not reject the dream interpretation when it was put to him, and it would fit in quite nicely with the kind of films he always made, which are essentially genre fantasias that tend to evanesce as realistic dramas the more they are studied. I think that Duck, You Sucker is the best, and Once upon a Time in America a distant second-best of the lot. See what you think. --Ray Olson

Jul 20, 2020

A mysterious, dream-state masterpiece. Outstanding casting, directing, and acting. The musical score is perfect. I love well-done films where the word "Intermission" comes up on the screen. I read that Sergio Leone first envisioned this as two or three films, and wish that had been done.

May 08, 2020

Dying to see...almost as much as that FUG movie by Jean-Pierre Melville.

Feb 28, 2020



A very challenging mobster film indeed, with great actors and seamless acting!



May 30, 2019


A masterpiece. Some may find it difficult to follow because the story is told in flashforwards and flashbacks. Others may be put off by violence, vulgar language and drug use. Well, it isn't "Heidi," I'll say that. If you didn't like "Pulp Fiction," don't try to watch this.

Jan 06, 2019

This is supposed to be a classic. It has not aged well. Long, slow, boring, bad dialogue, sappy music, the characters seemed more like caricatures than real people. The make up (for aging the characters) was poorly done and in the violent scenes, the blood looked like ketchup. It feels like the famous director's vanity project. Even shortened from this 4.5 hour director's cut, I don't think this would have been a good movie. At 4.5 hours, it was awful.

Jan 22, 2018

A tale of haunting introspection, unremitting power and potent symbolism. "America" ruminates on the corrosive effects of greed, violence, objectification and pain, and forces us to face despicable acts of a stand-in for our nation's worst impulses.
This film is a towering cinematic masterpiece.

Jan 22, 2018

Director Sergio Leone's swan song, a saga of epic proportions, long-awaited. Traces the rise of Jewish gangsters in New York from boyhood to their sixties. Robert DeNiro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, and Tuesday Weld push it to the very top of their game. Hand-picked child actors are stunning in their characterizations. Score by longtime Leone collaborator Ennio Morricone is memorable. Four and a half hours of cinematic power, ten years in the planning. A must-see for fans of Leone, DeNiro, Woods. One of the greatest films of all time.

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Sep 06, 2013

Joe Minaldi: "...Life is stranger than sh*t, that's all. It's a pisser."

Sep 06, 2013

Max (to Noodles, who's raping Carol): "...We're going... you coming?"

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“Respectability is the punishment of the wild.”-Margaret Mitchell

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