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, California : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2015]
Edition: Extended director's cut
Branch Call Number: F
PN1997 .O53 2015
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (251 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD video,4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1
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video file,DVD video,region 1
Language Note: In English, French, or Spanish with optional French, or Spanish subtitles and English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing; closed-captioned

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bookfilmsource
May 30, 2019

Nah.

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.

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PearlyKayAm1
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.

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RoyalJellyIII
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.

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VonHafenstaaad
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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dfsmithaz
Dec 26, 2017

This movie is weird .Not just the disjointedness, the 35 year gap, and returning to a boyhood memory. Too bad--the talents (Morricone, Leone) and a far too stretched out film. The actual plot could be done in less than an hour and still keep your interest. Perhaps Sergio made "A Movie Too Many" rather than a good sequel.

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Peabo1
Jun 07, 2017

This was a very disappointing movie. Thought it would be good given the line up of actors. Starts out with blood and gore, vivid sex scenes and blantoned drug use. Didn't even make it through first half hour. Just not my type of movie.

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thejasonholland
May 16, 2017

I wanted to like this movie as it had so many talents (Leone, Morricone, De Niro) under one roof, but in the end I cannot recommend it. There's a great 90-minute version inside this somewhere, but they just couldn't let it happen. Leone seems to be stretching out the story way past where I stopped caring. I really think he somehow forgot to give the audience details to make us care about any of the characters. Many of the background characters end up being more intriguing than the main ones.

My real issue with this version is the chronology. They spend the first forty minutes jumping around in time without giving us any clue to what exactly happened and why Old Man Noodles is puttering around the city. Once the story begins, we then have to sit through a bunch of expository dialogue where they constantly repeat things that we already know.

But, most of all (spoilers) I cannot comprehend why we are forced to watch the main character rape his love interest. I know the rest of the movie is determined by this decision, but he was starting to be sympathetic as a character and then we watch a horrific scene that makes us hate him. And then we are expected to follow him around the rest of the movie. It was off-putting and unjustified to have that happen. The rest of the movie goes down-hill from there. When they are re-united later as elderly people (oddly though, De Niro is made up to look like an old man and Elizabeth McGovern still looks like she's twenty even though they are supposed to be same age) it is unbearable to watch, note only because I wanted her to stab him, but because it is so uneventful and boring and pure exposition to catch the audience up to what happened in the last thirty years.

The best parts were all of the scenes that happened while the characters were children and starting out. It felt like an early Fellini movie set in America instead of Italy. Those scenes almost feel out of place with the rest of the movie in tone and timing. Had that part of the story been fleshed out and everything in the "thirty years later" been cut, I feel like the movie would have succeeded.

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Calvacade
May 08, 2017

Available now in its four-hour director's cut, Leone's supreme masterpiece is a magnificent epic - superbly directed, full of fantastic performances and with a beautiful story of friendship and betrayal that culminates in a profoundly moving, achingly sad ending.

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Jimbo64
Apr 18, 2017

I'm a huge De Niro fan, but skip this one. ...,A very long film that I had a hard time getting all the way through but somehow I managed. ...,Unlike my favorite De Niro films which I can watch over and over, I wouldn't recommend this 4 hour film to anyone. The characters were all absolutely loathsome and committed despicable acts of violence not only in their criminal enterprises but towards women that they supposedly cared about. ...,It was supposed to be a story of the life long friendship of the 4 main characters, but it was impossible to feel anything but pure disgust for all of them. ...,Don't waste your time on this one, instead watch Good Fellas, The God Father II, or A Bronx Tale if you want De Niro in top notch Mob movies.

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Sep 06, 2013

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

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Monolith
Sep 06, 2013

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

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