Once Upon a Time in America [DVD] [1984]

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Once Upon a Time in America (DVD)  (Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV)  (English/French/Spanish)  1984 - Larger Front
  • Once Upon a Time in America (DVD) (Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV) (English/French/Spanish) 1984
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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars.
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (118 out of 121)

Special Features

  • Disc 1:
  • Extended director's cut - part one
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Excerpt from the documentary profile Once Upon A Time: Sergio Leone
  • Disc 2:
  • Extended director's cut - part two
  • Closed Captioned


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. ~ Yuri German, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Robert De Niro
    Robert De Niro - David "Noodles" Aaronson
  • James Woods
    James Woods - Max
  • Elizabeth McGovern
    Elizabeth McGovern - Deborah
  • Treat Williams
    Treat Williams - Jimmy O'Donnell
  • Tuesday Weld
    Tuesday Weld - Carol

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