Once Upon a Time in America

Once Upon a Time in America

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Overview

Once Upon a Time in America

Though some viewers might be put off by its length, graphic violence, and absence of likable characters, Sergio Leone's final film is also a cinematic masterpiece. Spanning four decades, the film tells the story of David "Noodles" Aaronson (Robert De Niro) and his Jewish pals, chronicling their childhoods on New York's Lower East Side in the 1920s, through their gangster careers in the 1930s, and culminating in Noodles' 1968 return to New York from self-imposed exile, at which time he learns the truth about the fate of his friends and again confronts the nightmare of his past. The acting, the re-creation of the time period, the cinematography, and the music are all superb. However, even more important is Leone's ability to make the film work on so many different levels: it's both a criticism of gangster-film mythology and a continuation of the director's exploration of the issues of time and history. Strange as it may seem, the violence and gore in the first half of the film turn into a sad elegy about wasted lives and lost love. The film's strengths emerge only in its full 229-minute version -- the 139-minute and other edited versions don't make nearly the same impact.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/11/2011
UPC: 0883929158300
Original Release: 1984
Rating: R
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 3:49:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Disc One: Special Features: Feature-Length Audio Commentary by Film Critic Richard Schickel; Theatrical Trailer; ; Disc Two: Once Upon A Time In America Part Two; Plus Additional Bonuses: Excerpt From The Documentary Once Upon A Time: Sergio Leone Profiling The Making Of The Film ; Photographic Memories; Leone Film Highlights

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
Cis Corman Actor
Richard Foronjy Whitey
Sergio Leone Ticket Agent
Mort Freeman Actor
Scott Coffey Actor
Linda Ipanema Nurse Thompson
Dutch Miller Van Linden
Robert Harper Sharkey
Richard Bright Chicken Joe
Gerard Murphy Crowning
Olga Karlatos Woman in the Puppet Theater
Mario Brega Mandy
Ray Dittrich Trigger
Frank Gio Beefy
Angelo Florio Willie the Ape
Clem Caserta Al Capuano
Jerry Strivelli Johnny Capuano
Marvin Scott Interviewer
Paul Herman Monkey
Joey Faye Adorable Old Man
Richard Zobel Reporter
Baxter Harris Reporter
Arnon Milchan Chauffeur
Bruno Iannone Thug
Marcia Jean Kurtz Max's Mother
Estelle Harris Peggy's Mother
Cliff Cudney Mounted Policeman
Paul Farentino 2nd Mounted Policeman

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Once Upon A Time In America
1. Credits [:19]
2. Looking for Noodles [:25]
3. Opium Visions [1:36]
4. Shadow-Play Intruders [3:21]
5. Ambush at Fat Moe's [5:44]
6. Locker Contents [2:15]
7. Slide Show Beckons [4:18]
8. Old Neighborhood [2:00]
9. Return to Moe's [1:52]
10. Deborah's Audience [3:12]
11. Go Look at Yourself [9:52]
12. Bad News [6:36]
13. Sizing Up Targets [2:00]
14. Opportunity Botched [1:06]
15. Toilet Traffic [1:36]
16. Passing the Time [2:32]
17. Payment Devoured [3:36]
18. Laying Down the Law [3:14]
19. Through Open Doors [4:17]
20. Never My Beloved [3:39]
21. Some Partner I Got [4:05]
22. Salting Their Future [:14]
23. We Solemnly Swear [2:57]
24. Bugsy Strikes [5:16]
25. Noodles Takes The Fall [5:10]
26. Visiting Old Friends [2:35]
27. Advance Payment [3:13]
28. Turnover In The Grave [2:12]
29. Hottest Spot In Town [4:14]
30. Deborah's Welcome [2:25]
31. Insurance Talk [2:08]
32. Jewel Robbery [5:44]
33. Kid Stuff [3:44]
34. Snowy White, Bloody Red [5:27]
Disc #2 -- Once Upon A Time In America
35. Going for a Swim [:08]
36. Guilt Lies Elsewhere [:08]
37. Plague to the Rescue [:08]
38. Chief's Bouncing Baby [:08]
39. Behind the Masks [:08]
40. Table by the Sea [:08]
41. Deborah on His Mind [:08]
42. The Drive Home [:08]
43. The Train Station [:08]
44. Intermission [:08]
45. Max's Way With Women [:08]
46. Two Hits [:08]
47. Stink of the Streets [:08]
48. Max's Dream [:08]
49. Better off than Dead [:08]
50. Prohibition Ends [:08]
51. Phone Tip [:08]
52. Memories of an Actress [:08]
53. Another David [:08]
54. Bailey's Party [:08]
55. Already a Dead Man [:08]
56. How Noodles Sees Things [:08]
57. Gone with the Garbage [:08]
58. World of Dreams [:08]
59. End Credits [:08]

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