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Once Upon a Time in America
     

Once Upon a Time in America

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Director: Sergio Leone, Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern

Cast: Sergio Leone, Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern

 

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Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Master of the spaghetti western, Sergio Leone turns his sights on Jewish mobsters in what turned out to be his final film, Once Upon a Time in America. Robert De Niro and James Woods star as best friends and partners in crime in New York City, and the three-and-a-half-hour epic flashes back from the '60s to follow their careers from boyhood to their rise and fall during the Prohibition era. Everything's larger than life here: Leone pulling out all the stops to tell a story on a grand scale, with lavish production design and costumes and a magnificently lush musical score by longtime collaborator, composer Ennio Morricone. An epic love story winds its way through the film as well, with Elizabeth McGovern costarring as the true love of one of the gangsters. Leone's flair for visual storytelling is on display throughout, and Once Upon a Time in America features some brilliant camera work and superbly choreographed violence. The film was originally released in a studio-shortened version that diluted its real grandeur; the restored version, however, is simply a masterpiece.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/04/1992
UPC:
0085392001934
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro David "Noodles" Aaronson
James Woods Max
Elizabeth McGovern Deborah
Treat Williams Jimmy O'Donnell
Tuesday Weld Carol
Burt Young Joe
Joe Pesci Frankie Monaldi
Danny Aiello Police Chief Aiello
William Forsythe Cockeye
James P. Hayden Patsy
Darlanne Fluegel Eve
Larry Rapp Fat Moe
Amy Ryder Peggy
Scott Tiler Young Noodles
Rusty Jacobs David, Max's son,Young Max
Jennifer Connelly Young Deborah
Adrian Curran Young Cockeye
Brian Bloom Young Patsy
Julie Cohen Young Peggy
Noah Moazezi Dominic
James Russo Bugsy
Karen Shallo Mrs. Aiello
Mario Brega Mandy
Richard Bright Chicken Joe
Clem Caserta Al Capuano
Scott Coffey Actor
Cis Corman Actor
Cliff Cudney Mounted Policeman
Ray Dittrich Trigger
Paul Farentino 2nd Mounted Policeman
Joey Faye Adorable Old Man
Angelo Florio Willie the Ape
Richard Foronjy Whitey
Mort Freeman Actor
Frank Gio Beefy
Robert Harper Sharkey
Baxter Harris Reporter
Estelle Harris Peggy's Mother
Paul Herman Monkey
Bruno Iannone Thug
Linda Ipanema Nurse Thompson
Olga Karlatos Woman in the Puppet Theater
Marcia Jean Kurtz Max's Mother
Sergio Leone Ticket Agent
Arnon Milchan Chauffeur
Dutch Miller Van Linden
Gerard Murphy Crowning
Marvin Scott Interviewer
Jerry Strivelli Johnny Capuano
Richard Zobel Reporter

Technical Credits
Sergio Leone Director,Screenwriter
Franco Arcalli Screenwriter
Nino Baragli Editor
Dennis Benatar Asst. Director
Robert Benmussa Consultant/advisor
Leo Benvenuti Screenwriter
Fred Caruso Executive Producer
Tonino Delli Colli Cinematographer
Cis Corman Casting
Giovanni Corridori Special Effects
Piero De Bernardi Screenwriter
Franco Ferrini Screenwriter
Nilo Jacoponi Makeup
Claudio Mancini Executive Producer
Walter Massi Production Designer
Enrico Medioli Screenwriter
Arnon Milchan Producer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Giovanni Natalucci Set Decoration/Design
Gabriella Pescucci Costumes/Costume Designer
Gretchen Rau Set Decoration/Design
Manilo Rocchetti Makeup
Carlo Simi Art Director
James T. Singelis Art Director
Benito Stefanelli Stunts
Joy Todd Casting

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Once Upon a Time in America 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was a graet movie espacilly when they have flashbacks
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Once Upon a Time in America" was made by Leone as an alternate view of organized crime as well as an overview of late 19th/early 20th century USA. While his take isn't perfect (it's a film, after all), the vision is enlightening and entertaining.
PhDrSeuss More than 1 year ago
i read somewhere that this version was too long to show in the theaters (229 msn)back in 1984 and see why there is 2discs here but one thing i can understand is that its a great movie. i loved deniro and woods performance. i can understand why i couldnt take my eyes off it. the movie is based on the book "the hoods" which was written by harry grey. grey was imprisioned while he wrote this and is suppose to be a true story. well one thing i know that is true: its worth the watch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first watched this in the mid eighties and had to watch the full film twice to really understand and appreciate the enormatiy and impact of this film. I love the way its cuts from past present and future and the haunting music blasts you away and adds to the atomosphere. The main effect it had on me is the harshness of life for the younger generation in those days and how life was so cheap. You must watch and stay with it, even with the scenes that are not quite PC as they explain the complex charactors and their weaknesses.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is truly a masterpiece. Every moment thru the long film awaits for what happens next. Remain spellbound when the movie ends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE BEST EVER!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is the type of movie where you simply can't take your eyes of it once you start it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The last time i saw this film was two years ago on tv. since then i have been waiting for it to come on dvd. Finally, its here... this story is focused on the past of a gangster and how he ends up with friends dead and more... The story was set in the 1960s but because of the flash backs it is mostly in the 1930s in the city,new york.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I loved The Godfather Part I and II, Goodfellas, Scarface, etc. but this gangster flick is no where nearly as good as the above. First of all, it's jewish gangsters and the storyline is just all over the place.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once Upon a Time in America should be held up on the same level as the Godfather films. this is a sincerely positive and exceptional effort by Mr. Leone to do a gangster epic - and it thrives well on its on success. DeNiro, Woods and the rest of the cast are excellant and the drama is top rate. Highly recommended
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading the NY Times review of this just-released dvd I jumped at the chance to purchase it. After three nights of watching it (my husband and I couldn't get through it in one sitting) we both concurred that this movie was B O R I N G, too precious, too slow, overacted, underedited, overdirected - in fact, there IS a good reason it got panned. It stinks! The sets and scenes, however, were wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Has to be the best movies that I have ever seen. I saw the full length feature. If you have never seen this, do yourself a favor, purchase this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At lasta dvd worth payin full price for, screw the extras whos needs em, YOU'VE GOT ONE OF THE GREATEST FILMS TO WATCH!!!!
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