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."
Ennio Morricone - Italian composer, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966)
Leo Nichols - Italian composer, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966)
Dan Savio - Italian composer, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966)
James Woods - American Actor
Joe Pesci - American actor, GOODFELLAS (1990)
Sergio Leone - Italian Director/Writer
Bob Robertson - Italian Director/Writer
Jennifer Connelly - Oscar-winning American actress, A BEAUTIFUL MIND
Elizabeth McGovern - American Actress
Robert De Niro - Oscar Winning Actor/Director/Producer
Robert DeNiro - Oscar Winning Actor/Director/Producer
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...
"Once Upon a Time in America" was Sergio Leone's final film as a director. A 143 minute version of this film is also available. This version (225 minutes), is the uncut version.
"...[The] lensing is excellent..." - 05/23/1984 Variety
"...Richly cinematic....[An] exceptional film, both artificial and naturalistic, excessive as well as tightly controlled..." - 07/10/1999 Los Angeles Times, p.C1
"...This time-slipping Freudian gangster epic is an awe-inspiring achievement..." - 05/01/2003 Film Comment, p.78
"...ONCE UPON A TIME is a work of technical beauty and sombre emotion..." - 08/01/2003 Total Film, p.121
"...Epic in every sense....A triumph of the pure art of cinematic storytelling..." - 09/01/2003 Sight and Sound, p.70
"Visually, the film is jaw-dropping....De Niro is magical." -- Grade: B+ - 01/21/2011 Entertainment Weekly
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 Empire