Watching Once Upon a Time in America

An old acquaintance passed away in his sleep last night.

Who knows what fate holds in store for us.

In the certainty that our meeting with the Grime Reaper could occur at any moment, we’ve decided to watch as many of the classics as possible.

Hollywood classics, of course.

Folks, a Bollywood classic is a contradiction in terms.

Our pick for tonight is Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America.

Sergio Leone’s last movie as director, Once Upon a Time in America debuted in 1984.

The Netflix Instant Play version we are watching is the original 229-minute movie.

With its flashbacks and complex narrative, this was how Sergio Leone wished the movie to be seen.

Not the butchered version (shorter by 90-minutes) that was initially shown to American audiences.

When the movie debuted at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, the movie is said to have received a 15-minute standing ovation (source: Wiki).

Some critics have hailed Once Upon a Time in America as Sergio Leone’s greatest work.

This is our third Sergio Leone movie (after The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West).

We’ll update this post after watching the movie.

7 Responses to "Watching Once Upon a Time in America"

  1. the gora   September 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Not a fan.

    I bought this one on DVD a few years back, I think the “butchered”/shortened version. It’s good, not great. Very overrated. My biggest issue was with the acting. That woman that De Niro and James Woods (I think) are both going for, whoever she is acted by, was dreadful. De Niro himself was average by his standards. The music was probably the thing that stood out as being the best part, by Ennio Morricone. Responds:

    We’ll see how the movie goes.

    Will update the above post anyway.

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  2. hiranOhpax   September 29, 2009 at 12:31 am

    Once upon a time in Mexico?? Responds:

    Haven’t seen that but Salma Hayek looks tempting.

  3. here’s a killer combination that you may like..

    Tarantino, Samuel Jackson and De Niro in Jackie Brown.. bonus Bridget Fonda looks smokin hot.

    Have you read any of Elmore Leonard’s works?

    1. Added Jackie Brown to Netflix queue.

    2. No, haven’t read any of Elmore Leonard’s works. Only watched 3:10 to Yuma based on his novel of the same name.

    3. Love this Elmore quote:

    If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.

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  4. hiranOhpax   September 30, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Yes Salma Hayek is fuc**n hot in Once upon a time in Mexico but unfortunately she has too small a role in it Responds:

    Adorable cutie.

  5. sganeshkumar1989   November 13, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    You’ve not updated it yet! 🙁 This along with Fistful of Dynamite(OR maybe Duck,You Sucker.) are the only Leone films,I’m yet to watch. Responds:

    We’ll do it soon along with other pending stuff like Dev D et al.

    • sganeshkumar1989   July 2, 2010 at 9:48 pm

      Just at-least tell me if it’s indeed a classic or not?
      This is one of the few well-acclaimed De Niro films,which I’m yet to watch. Responds:

      We will, we will.
      If it be so willed. 😉

      • sganeshkumar198how 9   July 2, 2010 at 11:39 pm

        For now,just tell in one line/word-Great or crap? Responds:

        In our current (11:47PM ET) vodka-soaked state, we can’t remember what our name is let alone how the movie turned out. 😉

        Seriously, we’ll update the post one of these days. Hopefully, soon.

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