History Film / OnceUponATimeInAmerica

1st May '16 6:55:44 PM Khurzog
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While even the original European release had some content cut for time by Leone himself at the behest of distributors, ExecutiveMeddling by its production studio The Ladd Company led to the US version of the movie having over an hour's worth of content removed, and scenes rearranged to be in chronological order. The re-edited version was a disaster from a critical and a commercial standpoint, with critics standing by Leone and attacking The Ladd Company as they felt that the recut was an insult to his legacy and it made back only $5 million of its $30 million budget. But thanks largely to the 229 minute European release being made available on DVD in 2003, helping popularize the concept of the "director's cut", [[VindicatedByHistory its now widely regarded as a cinematic masterpiece]]. A further extended cut, using rescued footage, has also been made available and an extended DVD release was announced in 2014.

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While even the original European release had some content cut for time by Leone himself at the behest of distributors, ExecutiveMeddling by its production studio The Ladd Company led to the US version of the movie having over an hour's worth of content removed, and scenes rearranged to be in chronological order. The re-edited version was a disaster from a critical and a commercial standpoint, with critics standing by Leone and attacking The Ladd Company as they felt that the recut was an insult to his legacy and it made back only $5 million of its $30 million budget. But thanks largely to the 229 minute European release being made available on DVD in 2003, helping popularize the concept of the "director's cut", [[VindicatedByHistory its it's now widely regarded as a cinematic masterpiece]]. A further extended cut, using rescued footage, has also been made available and an extended DVD release was announced in 2014.
29th Jan '16 12:34:44 PM JulianLapostat
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4th Dec '15 6:46:13 PM BadSplice
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While even the original European release had some content cut for time by Leone himself at the behest of distributors, ExecutiveMeddling by its production studio The Ladd Company led to the US version of the movie having over an hour's worth of content removed, and scenes rearranged to be in chronological order. The re-edited version was a disaster from a critical and a commercial standpoint, with critics standing by Leone and attacking The Ladd Company as they felt that the recut was an insult to his legacy and it made back only $5 million of it's $30 million budget. But thanks largely to the 229 minute European release being made available on DVD in 2003, helping popularize the concept of the "director's cut", [[VindicatedByHistory its now widely regarded as a cinematic masterpiece]]. A further extended cut, using rescued footage, has also been made available and an extended DVD release was announced in 2014.

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While even the original European release had some content cut for time by Leone himself at the behest of distributors, ExecutiveMeddling by its production studio The Ladd Company led to the US version of the movie having over an hour's worth of content removed, and scenes rearranged to be in chronological order. The re-edited version was a disaster from a critical and a commercial standpoint, with critics standing by Leone and attacking The Ladd Company as they felt that the recut was an insult to his legacy and it made back only $5 million of it's its $30 million budget. But thanks largely to the 229 minute European release being made available on DVD in 2003, helping popularize the concept of the "director's cut", [[VindicatedByHistory its now widely regarded as a cinematic masterpiece]]. A further extended cut, using rescued footage, has also been made available and an extended DVD release was announced in 2014.
20th Aug '15 2:36:28 PM bt8257
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* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:Some people have theorized that most of the film is an opium-based hallucination. Even some of the ''actors'' don't know.]]

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* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:Some people have theorized that most of the film is an opium-based hallucination. Even some of the ''actors'' don't know. Leone himself said that this is a valid interpretation for the scenes set in the 1960s.]]
15th Aug '15 6:40:30 PM AllenbysEyes
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The film had [[DevelopmentHell a ''very'' long gestation process]]. Leone wanted to make ''America'' as early as 1967, but wasn't able to ensure financing, or the rights to Grey's novel. He first approached Paramount with the project; they offered him ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' instead. Later, he declined an offer to make ''Film/TheGodfather'' because he preferred ''The Hoods''. Throughout the '70s, Leone oversaw several screenplays by different writers, courted Hollywood studios and even cast actors like Tom Berenger and Richard Dreyfuss at various points. He offered directing chores to John Milius, planning to produce, but Milius opted to make ''Film/TheWindAndTheLion'' instead. Eventually, Leone interested Robert De Niro and independent producer Arnon Milchan; the film finally went in production in 1982 and wrapped two years later.

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The film had [[DevelopmentHell a ''very'' long gestation process]]. Leone wanted to make ''America'' as early as 1967, but wasn't able to ensure financing, or the rights to Grey's novel. He first approached Paramount with the project; they offered him ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' instead. Later, he declined an offer a chance to make ''Film/TheGodfather'' because he preferred ''The Hoods''. Throughout the '70s, Leone courted Hollywood studios, oversaw several screenplays by different writers, courted Hollywood studios and even cast actors like Tom Berenger and Richard Dreyfuss at various points. He offered directing chores to John Milius, planning to produce, but Milius opted to make ''Film/TheWindAndTheLion'' instead. Eventually, Leone interested Robert De Niro and independent producer Arnon Milchan; the film finally went in production in 1982 and wrapped two years later.
15th Aug '15 1:47:47 PM AllenbysEyes
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The film had [[DevelopmentHell a ''very'' long gestation process]]. Leone wanted to make ''America'' as early as 1967, but wasn't able to ensure financing, or the rights to Grey's novel. He first approached Paramount with an offer to make the film; they offered him ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' instead. He even declined an offer to make ''Film/TheGodfather'' because he preferred ''The Hoods''. Throughout the '70s, Leone oversaw several screenplays by different writers, courted Hollywood studios and even cast actors like Tom Berenger and Richard Dreyfuss at various points. He offered directing chores to John Milius, planning to produce, but Milius opted to make ''Film/TheWindAndTheLion'' instead. Eventually, Leone interested Robert De Niro and independent producer Arnon Milchan; the film finally went in production in 1982 and wrapped two years later.

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The film had [[DevelopmentHell a ''very'' long gestation process]]. Leone wanted to make ''America'' as early as 1967, but wasn't able to ensure financing, or the rights to Grey's novel. He first approached Paramount with an offer to make the film; project; they offered him ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' instead. He even Later, he declined an offer to make ''Film/TheGodfather'' because he preferred ''The Hoods''. Throughout the '70s, Leone oversaw several screenplays by different writers, courted Hollywood studios and even cast actors like Tom Berenger and Richard Dreyfuss at various points. He offered directing chores to John Milius, planning to produce, but Milius opted to make ''Film/TheWindAndTheLion'' instead. Eventually, Leone interested Robert De Niro and independent producer Arnon Milchan; the film finally went in production in 1982 and wrapped two years later.
15th Aug '15 1:44:10 PM AllenbysEyes
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The film had [[DevelopmentHell a ''very'' long gestation process]]. Leone wanted to make the film as early as 1967, but wasn't able to ensure financing, or the rights to Grey's novel. He first approached Paramount with an offer to make the film; they offered him ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' instead. He even declined an offer to make ''Film/TheGodfather'' because he preferred ''The Hoods''. Throughout the '70s, Leone oversaw several screenplays by a variety of writers, courted different studios and even cast actors like Tom Berenger and Richard Dreyfuss at various points. He offered directing chores to John Milius, planning to produce, but Milius opted to make ''Film/TheWindAndTheLion'' instead. Eventually, Leone interested in Robert De Niro and producer Arnon Milchan; the film finally went in production in 1982 and wrapped two years later.

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The film had [[DevelopmentHell a ''very'' long gestation process]]. Leone wanted to make the film ''America'' as early as 1967, but wasn't able to ensure financing, or the rights to Grey's novel. He first approached Paramount with an offer to make the film; they offered him ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' instead. He even declined an offer to make ''Film/TheGodfather'' because he preferred ''The Hoods''. Throughout the '70s, Leone oversaw several screenplays by a variety of different writers, courted different Hollywood studios and even cast actors like Tom Berenger and Richard Dreyfuss at various points. He offered directing chores to John Milius, planning to produce, but Milius opted to make ''Film/TheWindAndTheLion'' instead. Eventually, Leone interested in Robert De Niro and independent producer Arnon Milchan; the film finally went in production in 1982 and wrapped two years later.
15th Aug '15 1:42:52 PM AllenbysEyes
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The film had [[DevelopmentHell a ''very'' long gestation process]]. Leone wanted to make the film as early as 1967, but wasn't able to ensure financing. He first approached Paramount with an offer to make the film; they offered him ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' instead. He even declined an offer to make ''Film/TheGodfather'' because he preferred ''The Hoods''. Throughout the '70s, Leone oversaw several screenplays by a variety of writers, courted different studios and even cast different actors at various points. He offered directing chores to John Milius, planning to produce, but Milius opted to make ''Film/TheWindAndTheLion'' instead. Eventually, Leone interested in Robert De Niro and producer Arnon Milchan; the film finally went in production in 1982 and wrapped two years later.

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The film had [[DevelopmentHell a ''very'' long gestation process]]. Leone wanted to make the film as early as 1967, but wasn't able to ensure financing.financing, or the rights to Grey's novel. He first approached Paramount with an offer to make the film; they offered him ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' instead. He even declined an offer to make ''Film/TheGodfather'' because he preferred ''The Hoods''. Throughout the '70s, Leone oversaw several screenplays by a variety of writers, courted different studios and even cast different actors like Tom Berenger and Richard Dreyfuss at various points. He offered directing chores to John Milius, planning to produce, but Milius opted to make ''Film/TheWindAndTheLion'' instead. Eventually, Leone interested in Robert De Niro and producer Arnon Milchan; the film finally went in production in 1982 and wrapped two years later.
15th Aug '15 1:40:58 PM AllenbysEyes
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The film had [[DevelopmentHell a ''very'' long gestation process]]. Leone wanted to make the film as early as 1967, but wasn't able to ensure financing. He first approached Paramount with an offer to make the film; they offered him ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' instead. He even declined an offer to make ''Film/TheGodfather'' because he preferred ''The Hoods''. Throughout the '70s, Leone oversaw several screenplays by a variety of writers, courted different studios and even cast different actors at various points. He offered directing chores to John Milius, planning to produce, but Milius opted to make ''Film/TheWindAndTheLion'' instead. Eventually, Leone interested in Robert De Niro and producer Arnon Milchan; the film finally went in production in 1982 and wrapped two years later.
7th May '15 2:45:33 AM bt8257
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* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:Some people have theorized that most of the film is an opium-based hallucination. Even some of the actors themselves don't know.]]
* AllThereInTheManual: The "deleted" scenes put into the TV broadcasts include a sequence earlier in the film where Noodles first takes interest in a garbage truck. This provides a context of sorts to the emphasis on the truck in the end--that it symbolizes the dark side of "TimeMarchesOn"--that in the end, all the hoods' efforts decayed and fell away...like garbage.

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* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:Some people have theorized that most of the film is an opium-based hallucination. Even some of the actors themselves ''actors'' don't know.]]
* AllThereInTheManual: The "deleted" scenes put into the TV broadcasts include a sequence earlier in the film where Noodles first takes interest in a garbage truck. This provides a context of sorts to the emphasis on the truck in the end--that end–that it symbolizes the dark side of "TimeMarchesOn"--that "TimeMarchesOn"–that in the end, all the hoods' efforts decayed and fell away...like garbage.



** Creator/JoePesci puts in a minor appearance as a guy employing the gang. Apparently Pesci's role was a lot bigger in Leone's script but was cut down considerably, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse which explains him completely disappearing in the last 3rd of the film.]]
** Burt Young of the ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' movies also appears at one point.

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** Creator/JoePesci puts in a minor appearance as a guy employing the gang. Apparently Pesci's role was a lot bigger in Leone's script but was cut down considerably, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse which explains him completely disappearing in the last 3rd third of the film.]]
** Burt Young of the ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' movies also appears at one point.



* LeaveTheCameraRunning: Used very, very frequently. It ''is'' a Sergio Leone movie, after all.
* TheMafia: As represented by Creator/JoePesci. What the four boys dream of becoming power players in. However, the screenplay in order to avoid comparisons with ''The Godfather'' only refers to it as "The Combination" (an older word for the the Mob at the 20s and 30s).
* OneLastJob: Noodles [[spoiler:returns to New York in TheSixties summoned by politician Bailey. Told to check the locker where his friends stored money that had gone stolen in TheThirties, Noodles finds the suitcase re-filled with cash. It's payment for a hit: Bailey/Max wants Noodles [[ICannotSelfTerminate to kill him]], as Bailey is facing a criminal investigation he can't evade.]]

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* LeaveTheCameraRunning: Used very, very frequently. It ''is'' a Sergio Leone Creator/SergioLeone movie, after all.
* TheMafia: As represented by Creator/JoePesci. What the four boys dream of becoming power players in. However, the screenplay in order to avoid comparisons with ''The Godfather'' only refers to it as "The Combination" (an older word for the the Mob at the 20s and 30s).
30s).
* OneLastJob: Noodles [[spoiler:returns [[spoiler:Noodles returns to New York in TheSixties summoned by politician Bailey. Told to check the locker where his friends stored money that had gone stolen in TheThirties, Noodles finds the suitcase re-filled with cash. It's payment for a hit: Bailey/Max wants Noodles [[ICannotSelfTerminate to kill him]], as Bailey is facing a criminal investigation he can't evade.]]
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