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Once Upon a Time in America ()


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A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan 35 years later, where he must once again confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.

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  • Won 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 10 wins & 12 nominations.
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Noodles
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Max
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Deborah
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Jimmy O'Donnell
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Carol
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Joe
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Frankie
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Police Chief Aiello
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Cockeye
James Hayden ...
Patsy
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Eve (as Darlanne Fleugel)
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Fat Moe
Dutch Miller ...
Van Linden
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Sharkey
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Chicken Joe
Gerard Murphy ...
Crowning
Amy Ryder ...
Peggy
Olga Karlatos ...
Woman in the Puppet Theatre
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Mandy
Ray Dittrich ...
Trigger
Frank Gio ...
Beefy
Karen Shallo ...
Mrs. Aiello
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Willie the Ape
Scott Tiler ...
Young Noodles
Rusty Jacobs ...
Young Max / David
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Young Patsy
Adrian Curran ...
Young Cockeye
Mike Monetti ...
Young Fat Moe
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Dominic
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Bugsy
Frankie Caserta ...
Bugsy's Gang
Joey Marzella ...
Bugsy's Gang
Clem Caserta ...
Al Capuano
Frank Sisto ...
Fred Capuano
Jerry Strivelli ...
Johnny Capuano
Julie Cohen ...
Young Peggy
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Interviewer
Mike Gendel ...
Irving Gold
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Monkey
Ann Neville ...
Girl in Coffin
Joey Faye ...
Adorable Old Man
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Nurse Thompson
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Reporter 1 (as Tandy Cronin)
Richard Zobel ...
Reporter 2
Baxter Harris ...
Reporter 3
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Chauffeur
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Thug
Marty Licata ...
Cemetery Caretaker
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Max's Mother
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Peggy's Mother
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Whitey (as Richard Foronji)
Gerritt Debeer ...
Drunk
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Young Deborah
Alexander Godfrey ...
Newstand Man
Cliff Cudney ...
Mounted Policeman
Paul Farentino ...
2nd Mounted Policeman
Bruce Bahrenburg ...
Sgt. P. Halloran
Mort Freeman ...
Street Singer
Sandra Solberg ...
Friend of Young Deborah
Jay Zeely ...
Foreman
Massimo Liti ...
Young Macrò
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The Cemetery Directress (Extended Cut)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Terry Angus ...
Gambler (uncredited)
Greg Anthony ...
Bar Room Patron (uncredited)
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One of Beefy's Thugs (uncredited)
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Chinese Theater Spectator (uncredited)
Matteo Cafiso ...
Boy in Park (uncredited)
Nelson Camp ...
Newspaper Salesman (uncredited)
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Bugsy's Gang (uncredited)
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Pimp (uncredited)
Nunzio Giuliani ...
Speakeasy Drum Player (uncredited)
Dario Iori ...
Speakeasy Banjo Player (uncredited)
Ole Jorgensen ...
Speakeasy Percussionist (uncredited)
Francesca Leone ...
David Bailey's Girlfriend (uncredited)
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Deborah Gelly's Father (uncredited)
Maria Pia Monicelli ...
Prostitute (uncredited)
Ron Nummi ...
Waiter (uncredited)
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Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
Harry Peerce ...
(uncredited)
Nicola Roberto ...
Speakeasy Trumpet Player (uncredited)
Gianni Sanjust ...
Speakeasy Clarinet Player (uncredited)
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Speakeasy Vocalist (uncredited)
Susan Spafford ...
Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by

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Sergio Leone

Written by

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Harry Grey ... (based on novel "The Hoods" by)
 
Leonardo Benvenuti ... (screenplay by) &
Piero De Bernardi ... (screenplay by) &
Enrico Medioli ... (screenplay by) &
Franco Arcalli ... (screenplay by) &
Franco Ferrini ... (screenplay by) &
Sergio Leone ... (screenplay by)
 
Stuart Kaminsky ... (additional dialogue)
 
Ernesto Gastaldi ... (screenplay) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Claudio Mancini ... executive producer
Arnon Milchan ... producer (produced by)

Music by

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Ennio Morricone

Cinematography by

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Tonino Delli Colli ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Nino Baragli

Editorial Department

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Gabrio Astori ... postint editor
Alessandro Baragli ... additional editing supervision: Extended Director's Cut / assistant editor
Patrizia Ceresani ... additional editing supervision: Extended Director's Cut / assistant editor (as Patricia Cerasani)
Ornella Chistolini ... assistant editor
Lizi Gelber ... assistant editor
Maurizio Mancini ... editing coordinator
Zach Staenberg ... additional editor (re-cut)
Nicholas Stevenson ... postint editor
Carlo Tafani ... additional color correction supervision: Extended Director's Cut
Elvira Tonini ... first assistant editor (as Vivi Tonini)
Giorgio Venturoli ... assistant editor
J. Kathleen Gibson ... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Howard Heard ... assistant film editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Cis Corman
Joy Todd

Production Design by

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Giovanni Natalucci

Art Direction by

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Carlo Simi
James T. Singelis ... (New York) (as James Singelis)

Set Decoration by

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Bruno Cesari
Osvaldo Desideri
Gretchen Rau ... (New York)

Costume Design by

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Gabriella Pescucci

Makeup Department

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Vincenzo Cardella ... hair stylist (as Enzo Cardella)
Randy Coronato ... hair stylist: New York / makeup artist: New York
Maria Teresa Corridoni ... hair stylist
Henry R. Dwork ... dental makeup artist: New York
Nilo Jacoponi ... makeup artist
Renata Magnanti ... hair stylist
Manlio Rocchetti ... makeup artist
Gino Zamprioli ... makeup artist
Giancarlo De Leonardis ... hair stylist: James Wood and Tuesday Weld (uncredited)

Production Management

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Fred C. Caruso ... executive in charge of production (as Fred Caruso)
Mario Cotone ... production supervisor
Ginette Hardy ... production manager: Montreal
Walter Massi ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Dennis T. Benatar ... assistant director: New York (as Dennis Benatar)
Philippe Landoulsi ... assistant director
Luca Morsella ... assistant director
Fabrizio Sergenti Castellani ... first assistant director
Amy Wells ... assistant director: New York

Art Department

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Ronald Fauteux ... prop man: Montreal
Gianni Fiumi ... property master
Alain Giguère ... scenic painter: Montreal
Nello Giorgetti ... swing gang
Otto Jacoby ... set builder: New York
Steven Kirshoff ... prop man: New York
Walter Klymkiw ... chief carpenter: Montreal
Joey Litto ... construction coordinator: New York
Tullio Lullo ... construction coordinator
Roberto Magagnini ... prop
Domenico Mancino ... blacksmith
George Messaris ... set builder: New York
Elouise Meyer ... scenic chargeperson: New York
Gretchen Rau ... set decorator: New York
Claude Simard ... chief carpenter: Montreal
Rejean Brochu ... construction supervisor (uncredited)
Renato Casaro ... poster designer (uncredited)
Martin Cats ... musical instrument props (uncredited)
Clément Hurel ... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung ... poster artist (uncredited)
Dan Mahoney ... construction grip (uncredited)
Kathy Wolf ... head painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Fabio Ancillai ... second assistant boom operator
Fausto Ancillai ... additional sound restoration: Extended Director's Cut / sonorization: Extended Director's Cut / sound recording mixer
Italo Cameracanna ... foley artist / sound effects editor
Fernando Caso ... sound effects editor
Bruno Charier ... boom operator
Stefano Di Fiore ... restored version
Enzo Diliberto ... foley artist
Alvaro Gramigna ... foley artist
Fabio Palmisano ... ADR editor
Daniele Quadroli ... sound effects editor
Robert Rietty ... dubbing editor
Massimo Rinchiusi ... ADR editor
Jean-Pierre Ruh ... sound engineer (as Jean Pierre Ruhu)
Jacques Thomas-Gérard ... dubbing mixer / re-recording mixer
Adriano Torbidone ... dubbing mixer
Paul J. Zydel ... ADR sound: New York (as Paul Zydel)
Chris David ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (uncredited)
Luigi Porto ... sound assistant: Extended Director's Cut (uncredited)
Elliot Tyson ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Louis Craig ... special effects assistant: Montreal
André Laperrière ... special effects technician
Steve Lombardi ... special effects coordinator: Montreal
Gabe Videla ... special effects: Montreal
Olivier Zenenski ... special effects assistant
Danilo Bollettini ... special effects (uncredited)
Brian Campbell ... special effects crew (uncredited)
Giovanni Corridori ... special effects (uncredited)
Jacques Godbout ... special effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Benito Stefanelli ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Steve Baker ... key grip: New York
Sandro Battaglia ... assistant camera
Rodney Bauer ... grip
Elio Bosi ... grip
Massimo Cecchini ... electrician
Marco Contaldo ... electrician
Augusto Diamanti ... key grip
Amato Gabotti ... grip
Normand Guy ... key grip: Montreal
Walter Klymkiw ... gaffer: Montreal
Romano Mancini ... gaffer
John Newby ... gaffer: New York
Crescenzo G.P. Notarile ... assistant camera: New York (as Crescenzo Notarile)
Angelo Novi ... still photographer
Antonio Scaramuzza ... assistant camera
Carlo Tafani ... camera operator
Kurt Thompson ... dolly grip
Pietro Tiberti ... grip
Carlo Vinciguerra ... gaffer
Eraldo Barbona ... grip (uncredited)
Edward Cohen ... electrician (uncredited)
Jean Courteau ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Sylvie Bourque ... extras casting: Montreal
Flo Gallant ... extras casting: Montreal

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Richard Bruno ... associate costume designer: New York
Helen P. Butler ... costumer: New York (as Helen Butler)
Marina Frassine ... assistant costume designer
Dougie Hawkes ... costumier
Raffaella Leone ... assistant costume designer
Umberto Tirelli ... wardrobe costumes

Location Management

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Herb Hetzer ... location controller: New York
Pierre Laberge ... location manager: Montreal
Robert Rothbard ... location manager: New York
Attilio Viti ... location manager

Music Department

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Edda Dell'Orso ... vocal
Sergio Marcotulli ... music recording mixer
Ennio Morricone ... musical director / sonorization: Extended Director's Cut
Gheorghe Zamfir ... musician: pan flute
Sandro Marcotulli ... assistant mixer (uncredited)
Pierluigi Pietroniro ... musician: violin (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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David Mills ... script translator (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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James Giblin ... transportation captain: New York
Patrick Hogan ... transportation captain: second unit (uncredited)
Bobby Marsh ... driver (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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Sonny Abagnale ... antique car coordinator: New York
Francesca Alatri ... production secretary: New York
Ferruccio Amendola ... voice dubbing: Robert De Niro
Bruce Bahrenburg ... unit publicist: New York
Cesare Barbetti ... voice dubbing: Treat Williams
Robert Benmussa ... consultant to producer
Carol Bidault de l'Isle ... US Distribution Manager (as Carol Bidault)
Dominique Bruballa ... accountant: New York
Fausto Capozzi ... accountant
Riccardo Cucciolla ... dubbing director
Maurizio Cusano ... production assistant
Luciano De Ambrosis ... voice dubbing: William Forsythe
Maria Pia Di Meo ... voice dubbing: Tuesday Weld
Diana Di Michele ... accountant
Gianna Di Michele ... production auditor
Vittorio Di Prima ... voice dubbing: Frank Gio / voice dubbing: Richard Bright
Lucie Drolet ... accountant: Montreal
Sergio Fantoni ... voice dubbing: James Woods
Claudio Fattoretto ... voice dubbing: Paul Herman
Vittoria Febbi ... voice dubbing: Darlanne Fluegel
Brian Freilino ... dialogue director
Nando Gazzolo ... voice dubbing: Robert Harper
Carlo Giuffrè ... voice dubbing: Danny Aiello
Leo Gullotta ... voice dubbing: Joe Pesci
Adriana Iannuccelli ... dubbing assistant
Gail Kearns ... production coordinator: New York
Ted Kurdyla ... production liaison: New York
Franco Latini ... voice dubbing: Larry Rapp
Andrea Leone ... presenter: Extended Director's Cut
Raffaella Leone ... presenter: Extended Director's Cut
Georgia Lepore ... voice dubbing: Jennifer Connelly
Pino Locchi ... voice dubbing: Marvin Scott
Fabrizio Manfredi ... voice dubbing: Adrian Curran
Arnon Milchan ... presenter
Renato Mori ... voice dubbing: Gerard Murphy
Angelo Nicotra ... voice dubbing: James Hayden
Margherita Pace ... body double: Jennifer Connelly
Antonio Palombi ... production assistant (as Tonino Palombi)
Anna Rita Pasanisi ... voice dubbing: Ann Neville
Francesco Pezzulli ... voice dubbing: Mike Monetti
Giorgio Piazza ... voice dubbing: Mike Gendel
Alessandro Quarta ... voice dubbing: Brian Bloom
Gigi Reder ... voice dubbing: Burt Young
Sergio Rosa ... accountant
Alessandro Rossi ... voice dubbing: Bruce Bahrenburg
Massimo Rossi ... voice dubbing: Rusty Jacobs
Riccardo Rossi ... voice dubbing: Scott Tiler
Pietro Sassaroli ... production assistant (as Piero Sassaroli)
Rita Savagnone ... voice dubbing: Elizabeth McGovern
Jennifer W. Shore ... production secretary: New York (as Jennifer Wyckoff)
Eric P. Steckler ... production assistant
Piero Tiberi ... voice dubbing: James Russo
Mark Del Costello ... assistant: Sergio Leone (uncredited)
Reuben Gonzalez ... production assistant (uncredited)
Simona Patitucci ... production assistant (uncredited)
Alan Potashnick ... assistant: Robert De Niro (uncredited)
Eugene Rizzo ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Danièle Rohrbach ... production coordinator (uncredited)

Thanks

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Peter Goldfarb ... very special thanks
Hedy Martinelli ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

With the vivid memory of his long-gone childhood friends Max, Patsy, and Cockeye etched in his mind, his ferociously loyal partners-in-crime during their rise to prominence in New York's Prohibition-era Lower East Side, the defeated, penniless, and guilt-ridden former gangster David "Noodles" Aaronson returns to Manhattan. Not knowing what to expect on his mission to shed light on his opaque past, grizzled Noodles reunites with his only living friend Fat Moe after 35 haunted years of self-exile. However, the relentless, piercing sound of culpability stands in the way of finding closure, as the inscrutable content of a well-worn leather suitcase further complicates matters. And now, against the backdrop of a torn conscience, the sad, bittersweet recollections of more than 50 years of love, death, and everything in-between become inextricably intertwined, leading to even more puzzling questions. But what are a man's options when he is left with nothing? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines Crime, passion and lust for power - Sergio Leone's explosive saga of gangland America. See more »
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Also Known As
  • C'era una volta in America (Italy)
  • Il était une fois en Amérique (France)
  • Es war einmal in Amerika (Germany)
  • Hi havia una vegada a Amèrica (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Érase una vez en América (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 229 min
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Box Office

Budget $30,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $8,157,411

Did You Know?

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Trivia When filming was completed, the footage ran to a total of eight to ten hours. Director Sergio Leone and editor Nino Baragli trimmed the footage to around six hours, with the plan of releasing the film as two three-hour movies. The producers refused this idea, and Leone had to further cut the film down to three hours and forty-nine minutes. See more »
Goofs When Young Noodles holds Young Peggy in the toilet and she says "You better stop squeezing me, or I'm gonna poop in my pants", the beginning of her line sounds twice, as if two different takes have been overlapped with a cross-fade. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Bellissimo: Immagini del cinema italiano (1985). See more »
Soundtracks God Bless America See more »
Crazy Credits Joey Faye is credited as the "adorable old man." See more »
Quotes Noodles: [to Deborah] There were two things I couldn't get out of my mind. One was Dominic, the way he said, "I slipped," just before he died. The other was you. How you used to read me your Song of Songs, remember? "How beautiful are your feet / In sandals, O prince's daughter." I used to read the Bible every night. Every night I used to think about you. "Your navel is a bowl / Well-rounded with no lack of wine / Your belly, a heap of wheat / Surrounded with lilies / Your breasts / Clusters of grapes / Your breath, sweet-scented as apples." Nobody's gonna love you the way I loved you. There were times I couldn't stand it any more. I used to think of you. I'd think, "Deborah lives. She's out there. She exists." And that would get me through it all. You know how important that was to me?
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