Once Upon a Time in America

Once Upon a Time in America

Facts and Figures

Run time: 229 mins

In Theaters: Friday 28th September 1984

Budget: $30M

Distributed by: Warner Home Video

Production compaines: The Ladd Company


Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Fresh: 40 Rotten: 5

IMDB: 8.4 / 10

Cast & Crew



Starring: as David 'Noodles' Aaronson, as Maximilian 'Max' Bercovicz, as Deborah Gelly, as Carol, as James Conway O'Donnell, James Hayden as Patrick 'Patsy' Goldberg, as Frankie Minaldi, Larry Rapp as 'Fat' Moe Gelly, as Police Chief Vincent Aiello, as Philip 'Cockeye' Stein, as Joe, Scott Schutzman Tiler as Young Noodles, Rusty Jacobs as Young Max / David Bailey, Adrian Curran as Young Cockeye, as Young Patsy, Noah Moazezi as Dominic, as Eve, Mike Monetti as Young 'Fat' Moe Gelly, as Young Deborah, Clem Caserta as Al Capuano, as Beefy, as Bugsy, as Chicken Joe, Gerard Murphy as Crowning, Margherita Pace as doublure de Jennifer Connelly, Frank Sisto as Fred Capuano, Mike Gendel as Irving Gold, Jerry Strivelli as Johnny Capuano, Sandra Solberg as l'ami de Deborah jeune

Once Upon a Time in America Review

I'm as big a fan of misogyny as the next guy, but how did this hateful and often tasteless Godfather ripoff become a classic? What, just because it's four hours long? Robert De Niro and James Woods are never hard to watch, but even here their take on Jewish gangsters in New York from 1900 to 1960 or so wears awfully thin as they brutalize one woman after another and get into the kind of mobster scrapes you've seen in upteen other movies. And after the top names, the talent roster is pretty thin. Treat Williams? Elizabeth McGovern?

This was Sergio Leone's final film (ah, that makes it a "classic," too), and he was hardly at the top of his game, having long since left the western genre that had made him famous -- in fact, at the time, he hadn't worked in a decade. The rustiness shows. Leone had forgotten how to tell a story, and though he knew well enough to hire great actors and create beautiful photographs, his muddled script (check out the writing credits) makes a mess out of an already overstuffed genre.