Once Upon A Time In America (2 Disc Special Edition)

Release Date: 23 June 2003 | Certificate: Suitable for 18 years and over
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They grew up in the violent immigrant ghetto of New York's Lower East Side: Max and Noodles, Cockeye and Patsy, Deborah and Fat Moe. They grew up on the streets and they grew up fast. Fighting their way to the top of the heap, they took a vow to stick together but that's not how things worked out. Leone's commanding epic traces the destinies of four men from childhood on the streets through their violent rise to power and maturity during Prohibition as fully fledged hoods. De Niro is magnificent as "Noodles" Aaronson, one of the four, forced by murder and betrayal to flee New York in 1933. When he is mysteriously summoned back in 1968, he discovers that the tragic and bloody events surrounding his betrayal are not as they once seemed.

'Once Upon A Time In America' is director Sergio Leone's astonishing gangster melodrama, an epic exploration of the dark side of the American dream. Ten years in the planning, Leone's film is the work of a master storyteller - grandly conceived, rich in detail and thrilling in the depth and originality of its vision.


  • 229-minute version of the film
  • Feature-length commentary by Film Critic/Historian Richard Schickel
  • Revealing Once Upon a Time: Sergio Leone documentary
  • Filmographies
  • Photo gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

More Detail

Region 2
Production Year: 1984
Languages French, English - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Subtitles English ; English for the hearing impaired ; Italian ;
Release Date: 23 June 2003
Certificate: 18 - Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18, by placing an order for this product you are declaring that you are 18 years or over.

Product Reviews

Expansive in more ways that one

The word 'epic' is banded about quite freely when it comes to movies, but this film really does deserve to be associated with the word. Not only does this Sergio Leone classic span the best part of four hours in length, but it covers pretty much the entire lives of the multitude of colourful characters involved.

Set in Prohibition-era New York, Once Upon A Time In America revolves around Robert DeNiro's character of Noodles and his friends, a bunch of crooks and bootleggers. Without wanting to give the plot away, I'd rather just say that this is simply a piece of cinematic history. At times stark, shocking, poetic and spellbinding, Once Upon A Time In America captures your interest throughout the frequent jumps forward and backwards through the characters' timelines, slowly piecing together the plot like a jigsaw, culminating in its sudden (and controversial) ending.

I can't heap enough praise on this film, and would recommend everyone to set aside the time to watch it at least once. In fact, it's well worth watching it multiple times to pick up on the bits you may've missed first time around.

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