Once Upon a Time in America

Once Upon a Time in America
Once Upon a Time in America
  • R
  • 3h 12m
  • 1984
Certified Fresh86%
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A violent and passionate gangster film, tracing the destinies of four friends from childhood in the old Jewish quarter of New York, to their maturity as notorious gangsters in a prohibition-era criminal empire. Based on Larry Grey's novel, "The Hoods."

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Certified Fresh86%
Critics Consensus: Sergio Leone's epic crime drama is visually stunning, stylistically bold, and emotionally haunting, and filled with great performances from the likes of Robert De Niro and James Woods.
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Complex gangster epic has strong violence, sex.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Once Upon a Time in America is an epic gangster movie, considered a classic, and in a league with the Godfather movies and GoodFellas. It has a complex structure, and it's a slow burn, but for mature viewers, it's a great piece of filmmaking. It contains extremely strong violence, including two disturbing scenes of rape, as well as many scenes of guns and shooting, stabbing, fighting, blood and death, and more. Full-frontal female nudity is shown as well as other female toplessness. Teen sex is an issue; young characters trade pastries for sex with a teen girl. Some sex talk, and sexual situations are quite strong. Language is also strong, though not constant, with uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "c--k," and most other words under the sun. The main character frequents opium dens, and gets very drunk (and passes out) in one scene. Characters drink and smoke socially throughout. This review pertains to the most up-to-date, restored version, running 251 minutes.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:June 1, 1984
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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