Once Upon a Time in America
Once Upon a Time in America is a 1984 Italian epic crime drama film co-written and directed by Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro and James Woods. It chronicles the lives of Jewish ghetto youths who rise to prominence in New York City’s world of organized crime. The film explores themes of childhood friendships, love, lust, greed, betrayal, loss, broken relationships, and the rise of mobsters in American society.
Leone adapted the story from the novel The Hoods, written by Harry Grey, while filming Once Upon a Time in the West. The film went through casting changes and production issues before filming began in 1982.
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Once Upon a Time in America Plot
The film is presented in non-chronological order. While this plot states the film from the 1920s to the 1960s, the film is largely told through flashbacks from the 1960s.
David “Noodles” Aaronson (Scott Tiler) struggles as a street kid in the Jewish ghetto on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, in 1920. His gang, consisting of Patrick “Patsy” Goldberg (Brian Bloom), Phillip “Cockeye” Stein (Adrian Curran), and little Dominic work for an older boy named Bugsy (James Russo) until they meet Max Bercovicz (Rusty Jacobs) who convinces them that they should form their own operation. The boys establish a suitcase money fund, which they hide in a locker at a train station, giving the key to Fat Moe Gelly (Mike Monetti), a reliable friend who’s not part of the operation.
Noodles is in love with Deborah (Jennifer Connelly), Fat Moe’s sister, who aspires to be a dancer and actress, but she does not reciprocate his affection. One day Bugsy attacks the boys and Little Dominic is shot and killed. In a rage, Noodles stabs Bugsy and a police officer who tried to intervene. He is sentenced to prison. Wikipedia