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OmgitsadieGreat film in many ways, but extremely misogynistic! It's disgusting how women are treated/portrayed in this movie. There may be many reasons behind this, but I found scenes with women in very hard to watch. It seems to be a pattern with Sergio Leone movies. However, it still remains a masterpiece. Robert De Niro is fabulous, of course.
frankqbIt is impressive just how unlikeable every character in this movie is. It is painful to watch such inhuman humans, and that may be its most important quality.
vishnuI will never forget this. Especially the soundtrack.
badblokebobIt's so long I didn't think I'd be able to watch it all in one sitting, but I did -- and I didn't think it felt anything like as long as it is. Don't really see how anyone can label it as boring, uninteresting, or lacking structure (indeed, it's quite precisely, albeit unusually, structured).
disimonThis is one of those movies that you can't help but feel dazed as the closing credits roll by. It's more then just an experience or a story being told: it's a dream within a dream. Leone had a gift, that maybe no one will ever come close to possess again.
SiskoidAn approach that prioritizes visual storytelling rather than dialog, stylish direction and cinematography, an Ennio Morricone score, harsh violence... Once Upon a Time in America is a Sergio Leone spectacular all right, and it's one of the great ones though it has a couple of irredeemable flaws, in my opinion. Moving back and forth over three time periods - with wonderful transitions, I should add - the film tracks the rise of a criminal gang from kids trying to make a buck on the streets at the turn of the 20th Century through the Prohibition era and to "respectable" white collar crime. It's the story of crime in America, as told through a cinematic, i.e. glamorous filter, which is how most gangster epics go, really. The rise, the opulence, the inevitable fall, we've seen it many times, and it's up to each of these films to have memorable scenes and characters to define them. In this case, the shared focus on the gang as kids is its main draw, with an interesting but dangerous friendship at the center of it (between, as the adult versions, Robert DeNiro and James Woods), and I quite like that final scene between them. Also props to whoever cast baby Jennifer Connelly as Elizabeth McGovern's younger self - they could be mother and daughter. HOWEVER. Once our lead becomes a rapist, it pulls you out of the film. Leone may or may not be pushing the glamor with the cinematography and music as a contrast, which is to say KNOWING it is ironic, but it feels like the movie excuses the behavior. My other problem with the film is that the climax really tips into melodrama with its last-minute revelations (and at the same time, the gist of it is kind of predictable). Though the final sequence walks us back from it, I'd rather not have had to BE walked back from the twist. That backdrop with the bridge tho!
boomdiddlyWatching this movie was like spending an entire day at a stranger's family reunion. The nostalgia is everywhere, but there's no reason to care about anyone.
I think this film succeeds in its cinematography but lacks a good script (and plot). I understand why people love it, but it wasn't my cup of tea.
FoiNaCruzGood God, did they hire Polanski as a ghost writer??
moviefan28Great movie Leone is a master
sureupIt's good but I feel a lot of the acting was sub par and some editing seemed rushed and weird. Should've maybe made a trilogy out of this ala the godfather movies. But still it's a different kind of movie and pretty good but doesn't reach up to any of the classics in the genres it attempts to drop in.
gritYeah. According to wikipedia:
PrashantOne of the greatest movies ever made. But avoid the U.S. theatrical release. Watch the director's cut instead.
CynInFlicksI was sure I loved this when watching it a couple of times over the years, but having now seen it again for the first time in 10 years, my opinion is a resounding 'no, thanks'. Between the horrible treatment of all the women and girls and almost comically poor ages/ageing - Elizabeth McGovern is meant to be 60? DeNiro and co 20something? Ha! - and some loose ends, I'm not a fan. At least I know I don't need to see it again. Pity.
BigAwesomeBLTAmazing and Breathtaking. I almost cried in the credits. Beautiful.
chunkylefungaI'm found this film to be distinctly average. I'm amazed it's held in such high prestige.
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