Once Upon a Time in America

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

Genres - Crime, Drama, History  |   Sub-Genres - Drama Fiction, Epic Film, Gangster Film, Historical Film  |   Release Date - May 23, 1984  |   Run Time - 229 min.  |   Countries - United States of America  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Once Upon a Time in America is a 1984 Italian-American epic crime drama film co-written and directed by Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro and James Woods. Based on Harry Grey's novel The Hoods, it chronicles the lives of Jewish ghetto youths who rise to prominence in New York City's world of organized crime. The film explores themes of childhood friendships, love, lust, greed, betrayal, loss, broken relationships, and the rise of mobsters in American society.

It was the final film of Leone's career and the first feature film he had directed in 13 years. The cinematography was by Tonino Delli Colli, and the film score by Ennio Morricone.

Leone originally intended for the film to be released as two three-hour films but was convinced by distributors to shorten it to a single 229-minute film. The film's American distributors, The Ladd Company, further shortened it to 139 minutes, and rearranged the scenes into chronological order, without Leone's involvement. The shortened version was a critical and commercial flop in the United States, and critics who had seen both versions harshly criticized the changes that were made. The original "European cut" has remained a critical favorite and frequently appears in lists of the greatest gangster films of all time.

Movie Info

Budget

$30,000,000

Box Office

$5,474,818

Themes

Tags

1920s, 1930s, 1960s, Brooklyn Bridge, Corruption, Film Based On A Novel, Flashback Film, Gangster, Literary, Mafia Boss, Memory, Murder, New York City, Opium, Prohibition, Rape, Torture

Attributes

Filming Location: Bellagio, Florida, Lake Como, Lierna, Montreal, New Jersey, New York City, Paris, Venice
Narrative Location: Brooklyn, New York City
Subject: organized crime

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A fost odată în America
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Bilo je nekoč v Ameriki
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Bilo jednom u Americi
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Bir Zamanlar Amerika
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Bir zamonlar Amerikada
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C'era una volta in America
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Dawno temu w Ameryce
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Der var engang i Amerika
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Era Uma Vez na América
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Érase una vez en América
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Es war einmal in Amerika
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Het gebeurde in Amerika
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Hi havia una vegada a Amèrica
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Il était une fois en Amérique
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Kartą Amerikoje
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Nước Mỹ Một Thời
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Once Upon a Time in America
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Once Upon A Time In America - DC
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Once upon a time in America - det stora gangsterkriget
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Once upon a time in America - suuri gangsterisota
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Once Upon a Time in America Extended
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Ondt blod i Amerika
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Suuri gangsterisota
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Tenkrát v Americe
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Ükskord ammu Ameerikas
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Vtedy v Amerike
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Κάποτε στην Αμερική
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Било једном у Америци
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Имало едно време в Америка
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Однажды в Америке
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Якось в Америці
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ワンス・アポン・ア・タイム・イン・アメリカ
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四海兄弟
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美国往事
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美國往事
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義薄雲天
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원스 어폰 어 타임 인 아메리카
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