Once Upon a Time in America

Directed By: Sergio Leone Starring: Robert De Niro

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Ten years in planning, Sergio Leone's epic Once upon a Time in America portrays 50 years of riveting underworld history and offers rich roles to a remarkable cast. Robert De Niro and James Woods play lifelong Lower East Side pals whose wary partnership unravels in death and mystery. Strong support comes from Tuesday Weld, Joe Pesci, Jennifer Connelly, Elizabeth McGovern and the young actors playing the central characters as ghetto kids. To see this film (offered for the first time in the full version 1984 Cannes Film Festival audiences cheered) is "to be swept away by the assurance and vitality of a great director making his final statement in a medium he adored" (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times).Format: DVD MOVIE


Studio Warner
SKU 40231057
UPC 085393190927
UPC 14 00085393190927
Format DVD
Release Date 6/14/2011
Rating NR
Essential Cinema
Organized Crime
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Two boyhood friends grow up to become the kingpins of a prohibition-era criminal empire until their own greed and ambition cause their downfall. Based on Larry Grey's novel, "The Hoods."
Plot Summary
Summary Sergio Leone's epic film chronicles the lives and loves of a quintet of Jewish mobsters from New York. Beginning with their boyhood in the 1920's, the film covers the story from the point of view of the aging troupe's clever ringleader, Noodles. He recounts the tale of a life filled with brutality and violence. And clearly he's still got some plans up his sleeve...
Variety "...[The] lensing is excellent..." 05/23/1984
Los Angeles Times "...Richly cinematic....[An] exceptional film, both artificial and naturalistic, excessive as well as tightly controlled..." 07/10/1999 p.C1
Film Comment "...This time-slipping Freudian gangster epic is an awe-inspiring achievement..." 05/01/2003 p.78
Total Film "...ONCE UPON A TIME is a work of technical beauty and sombre emotion..." 08/01/2003 p.121
Sight and Sound "...Epic in every sense....A triumph of the pure art of cinematic storytelling..." 09/01/2003 p.70
Entertainment Weekly "Visually, the film is jaw-dropping....De Niro is magical." -- Grade: B 01/21/2011
Empire 5 stars out of 5 -- "Sergio Leone's final, glorious masterpiece....ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA is nearly four full hours of pure cinematic joy." 03/01/2011
Sergio Leone
Robert De Niro
Cast & Crew
James Woods - Star
Joe Pesci - Star
Jennifer Connelly - Star
Elizabeth McGovern - Star
Robert De Niro - Star
Ennio Morricone - Composer
Sergio Leone - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1984
Catalog ID 31909
UPC 00085393190927
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 229 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
DVD, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced

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