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Once Upon a Time in America
Crime, passion and lust for power - Sergio Leone's explosive saga of gangland America.
A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
The Greatest Gangster Film Ever. I’m Not Kidding. I Seriously Think This Is Far Superior To The Godfather.
I’ve been sitting at my keyboard for approximately an hour, and I haven’t been able to type a single letter until now. I have recently re-watched what I consider to be possibly my favourite film of all time, Once Upon a Time in America. I have assigned myself with the nearly impossible task of reviewing the film. How can I even begin to express the strange beauty of the film? The nostalgia? The sadness of Ennio Morricone’s theme? How can I begin to explain how genius the story is?
When I first saw Once Upon a Time in America my…
Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America, with no exaggeration, is one of the most moving and potent cinematic experiences that I have ever had. It's a combination of everything that made me love the cinema: Immaculate cinematography, wonderful direction, a tight and free-flowing screenplay, underlying themes woven throughout the film, pitch-perfect editing, incredible performances......
This film has EVERYTHING.
Simultaneously a gangster story, a coming-of-age fable, and an ode to aging; the film cuts between these three feelings and time-periods, all with the same characters but with each of them in different stages of development. Both physically and emotionally, the audience gets a grasp of their lives throughout the 3hr and 50 minute run-time. For most of the…
.... a Godfather parody from Sergio Leone?
This film tried so hard to be something great and turned into anything but. So many were terribly miscast, from Noodles Jr. to adult Deborah, and the intricate weaving of past & present did nothing to engage me. Certain setpieces and acts of violence were too heavy-handed. There wasn't nearly enough Joe Pesci. The characters themselves were uninteresting and often times laughable ('.... you're crazy'.... 'don't SAY THAT!!!' ). Only a few things kept me around for the long 230 minute runtime: the abundance of beautiful shots, the score from Morricone that was perfection when it worked (like the instrumental version of Yesterday), the presence of the great actors themselves, and a hope that…
I kinda hate gangster films. This isn't a new idea to me, but this film more or less crystalized what I hate about them. In short, gangsters are not Robin Hood. They do not rob from the rich to give to the poor. They do not empower the poor; they feed off of them. They do not fight injustice disguised as law; they simply treat the law as coincidental. The closest argument you have is that they gave immigrant populations recourse to power in a system that hated them, and that is certainly true. But you rarely see them wield that power toward anything but assimilating into the system in a backward sort of way. While some gangster films have…
When I first saw Once Upon A Time in America I was at a stage in my life where gangster films were still unappealing to me. At a young age, I found the distinctly masculine overtones and confusing crime structures of classics like Goodfellas and The Godfather to be somewhat disengaging. Sergio Leone’s gangster epic stands out in my mind as the first time I felt genuinely drawn in on an emotional level by a film of this sort.
Despite the misleading title, Once Upon A Time in America’s emotional register is more comparable to the work of Italian filmmakers like Giuseppe Tornatore or Luchino Visconti than it is to the work of Coppola or Scorsese. It is made by…
I've viewed pretty much the main body of Sergio Leone's work. Once Upon a Time in America is the best of them all. In my mind, now, I don't think any gangster film will ever top this. Including The Godfather. Also including The Godfather Part II.
At a four hour run time, you would expect to get restless... right? Wrong. The time just... passes.
Perfect in almost every way.
An expansive and intricately layered exploration of friendship, a changing society, and nostalgia for youth.
92/100 - Amazing.
Once Upon a Time in America is an epic gangster drama with great performances by Robert De Niro, James Woods, and others. The nearly 4 hour film follows the main set of characters for several decades. Overall, I found it depressing to watch. The characters are mostly reprehensible people, but not in a way that gripped me as a viewer. The writing, acting, score, and cinematography are excellent, but I just couldn't get past the dour mood of the film.
What a wondrous, wondrous film. It's difficult to put into words all the feelings and emotions that one goes through as they traverse the many themes and epic scope of a narrative present in Once Upon A Time in America. The extended edition, clocking in at about four hours and ten minutes, is so impeccably paced that I could have watched an even longer version of this film.
This is an extremely entertaining gangster film, coming of age story, period piece, and tale of tragedy, loss, and sorrow. The casting and performances all ring true, De Niro in the lead role is as usual outstanding. But James Woods also gives a terrific performance here, countering De Niro and in fact…
Not the best mob movie I've seen, but pretty good.
first film ever that had me in tears. it had been a while i hadn't watched something as fulfilling as this.
After having watched Once Upon a Time in the West yesterday, I was still in a very epic movie watching mood. I really, really like Sergio Leone's style in this and there are some amazing set pieces but this movie is way too epic for my taste. I can handle most slow scenes in the dollars trilogy, where there is suspense, but this one has a lot of slow scenes without a lot of suspense, which had me a bit bored. I wasn't really invested in the story either and, even though I liked the twist at the end, it didn't really cary the movie for me. Still, a good movie, but it does end up at the bottom of his filmography!
What can I say about my favourite film? It seems like a gangster movie (and in a way, it is) but it's really a film about memories and fantasies. The acting is terrific, Morricone's score is probably his masterpiece and Leone shot such great images!
When I first watched the film I was just a kid, and one image stuck in my mind forever: the scene in which a young boy is waiting for a neighbour who is a prostitute. Her "fee" is a cake, and as he is waiting with the beautifully wrapped cake for her to arrive, the young boy can't help eating the cake, showing that, despite his desire for the prostitute, he's just a little boy.
Once upon a time in america has excellent performances , score and atmosphere , but the story is seriously fucked up along with the fucked up timeline , it is so confusing and I don't understand why ! it's pointlessly confusing , they could've done it in a better way so it can be easily understood by the audience , but they chose to confuse us along with the very long running time , I mean there are part of the story I liked specially the one when Noodles was a young boy , but then I find it to be pointless and not well organized ,sub-plots and characters suddenly go in and out , so yeah for me the…
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