History Film / OnceUponATimeInAmerica

24th Jun '16 3:15:16 PM Mdumas43073
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24th Jun '16 3:14:38 PM Mdumas43073
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''Once Upon A Time In America'' (also known as ''C'era Una Volta In America'') is a 1984 crime film directed by Creator/SergioLeone, loosely based on the novel ''The Hoods'' by Harry Grey, starring Creator/RobertDeNiro, James Woods, and Elizabeth [=McGovern=]. The film centres around a Jewish-American gangster, David "Noodles" Aaronson, spanning five decades (and nearly four hours), and is framed as an elaborate flashback sequence. It's also notable for being a victim of an especially despicable version of ExecutiveMeddling. Basically, if you're not watching the director's cut, you're not watching the complete version.

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''Once Upon A a Time In in America'' (also known as ''C'era Una Volta In in America'') is a 1984 crime film directed by Creator/SergioLeone, loosely based on the novel ''The Hoods'' by Harry Grey, starring Creator/RobertDeNiro, James Woods, and Elizabeth [=McGovern=]. [=McGovern=].

The film centres centers around a Jewish-American gangster, David "Noodles" Aaronson, spanning five decades (and nearly four hours), and is framed as an elaborate flashback sequence. It's also notable for being a victim of an especially despicable version of ExecutiveMeddling. Basically, if you're not watching the director's cut, you're not watching the complete version.
15th May '16 2:16:38 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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** As does Leone regular Mario Brega.
15th May '16 1:30:23 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Max, hinted at by the fact that he can't get it up when attempting to have sex with Peggy, and his jealous FriendVersusLover relationship with Noodles.
15th May '16 12:49:03 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* AllMenArePerverts / AllWomenAreLustful: The men and women are often represented this way in the film.
15th May '16 12:24:46 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* MadonnaWhoreComplex: All the women in this movie, sometimes both.
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.]]
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