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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 18
Cast
Robert De Niro
James Woods
Elizabeth McGovern
Franco Ferrini
Directors
Sergio Leone
Screenwriters
Leonardo Benvenuti
Piero De Bernardi
Enrico Medioli
Franco Arcalli
Sergio Leone
Running Time
139 minutes

Once Upon A Time In America
Sergio Leone's classic portrait of the birth of 20th century urban America.


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Plot
A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to Brooklyn over 30 years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.


Verdict
While The Godfather delivers certainty and a comforting dramatic resolution, Once Upon A Time In America delivers a profound kind of mystery. While Coppola's film delivers answers, Leone's asks questions. It lingers and plays on the mind; its meanings shift and change like a faded memory or a half-remembered dream.


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