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Old October 8th, 2008, 08:18 AM
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Once upon a time in America

The movie is lengthy , but it is really really well made.
Its a 1984 crime movie.

Im not good at writing reviews but here is an awesome review (c/p) which closely matches my take on the movie.

Okay, a four hour gangster movie is not going to be everyone's cup of tea, especially when the pacing is absolutely glacial and DeNiro and Woods aren't on-screen for about half that time because of a childhood flashback that's longer than some full movies. But, if you take this movie on the terms director Sergio Leone sets, it's a richly rewarding cinemeatic experience. I've heard the film described as "an opium dream of a gangster movie" and the pacing seems to justify such a response. But it's slow and richly detailed, and a little odd at times, for very good reasons that pay off in spades by the film's emotionally titanic (though slightly anti-climactic} finale.
Despite what can seem like turgidness on first viewing, this film is likely to stick to your ribs and merit repeat screenings. DeNiro smolders throughout, while James Woods delivers a teriffic scenery-chewing performance. The story is friendship (and betrayal, of course)--or is it Romulus and Remus? Greek tragedy, perhaps? Godfather parts 1 and 2 rolled into one film? Yes, and more. And viewers familliar with Leone only through his spagetti westerns are in for a surprise: Leone is a world-class film-maker here, capable of stunning beauty and cruelty, often within the same frame.

Does it really need to be this slow? Does the flashback to childhood need to be almost and hour and a half long (don't worry--it's absorbing enough in its own right to keep you from noticing)? Does the the chronology need to be so screwy? Does that darn phone need to ring so long? Absolutely.

Fans of Woods, DeNiro, Leone, or gangster movies in general canot afford to pass this film up. The supporting cast, especially the young actors playing the gang members in thier childhood, is also consistently stellar. Best viewed on a cold wintry afternoon when you've got plenty of time. Opium not provided.
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So, did you buy the opium or not
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aisa bolo naa ki yeh movie velle (punjabi for jobless) logo ke liye hai...
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A timeless classic by Sergio Leone. The same director who made “Once upon a time in the west”

Robert De Niro plays an ageing Jewish gangster filled with profound nostalgia about his early days on the streets of New York with friends during the prohibition era & how life transformed over the years. The movie depicts the early arrival of Jewish immigrants on American shores & the following prohibition era vividly & perfectly.

Awesome movie! Among my favourites.
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