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Story

This movie has a checkered history, having been chopped from its original 227-minute director's cut to 139 minutes for its U.S. release. This longer edition benefits from having the complete story (the short version has huge gaps) about turn-of-the-century Jewish immigrants in America finding their way into lives of crime, as told in flashback by an aging Jewish gangster named Noodles (Robert De Niro). On the other hand, it's almost four hours long, and this sometimes-indulgent Sergio Leone film is no Godfather. Still, it is notable for the contrast between Leone's elegiac take on the gangster film and his occasional explosive action, as well as for the mix of the stoic, inexpressive De Niro and the hyperactive James Woods as his lifelong friend and rival. --Marshall Fine

DVD Features

  • Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Commentary by: film critic/historian Richard Schickel (Unknown Format)
  • Newly remastered "Director's Cut"
  • Excerpt fom the documentary Once Upon a Time: Sergio Leone
  • Photo gallery

Cast

Robert De NiroDavid 'Noodles' Aaronson
James WoodsMaximilian 'Max' Bercovicz
Elizabeth McGovernDeborah Gelly
Joe PesciFrankie Manoldi
Burt YoungJoe
Tuesday WeldCarol
Treat WilliamsJames Conway O'Donnell
Danny AielloPolice Chief Vincent Aiello
Richard BrightChicken Joe
William ForsythePhilip 'Cockeye' Stein
Darlanne FluegelEve
Robert HarperSharkey
James RussoBugsy

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  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Sergio Leone
  • Producer: Creative Design
  • Length: 139 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJun 1, 1984
    JapanOct 6, 1984
    AustraliaOct 4, 1984
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    JapanR-18
    AustraliaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaSep 23, 2003
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