• Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

Once Upon a Time in America

Release Date: 1984

R |3 hr 12 min

Plot Summary

In 1968, the elderly David "Noodles" Aaronson (Robert De Niro) returns to New York, where he had a career in the criminal underground in the '20s and '30s. Most of his old friends, like longtime partner Max (James Woods), are long gone, yet he feels his past is unresolved. Told in flashbacks, the film follows Noodles from a tough kid in a Jewish slum in New York's Lower East Side, through his rise to bootlegger and then Mafia boss -- a journey marked by violence, betrayal and remorse.

Cast: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Treat Williams, Tuesday Weld, Burt Young, Joe Pesci, Danny Aiello

Director: Sergio Leone

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Warner Brothers, Embassy International Pictures

Keywords: Intense, Growing up, Gripping, 1930s, Girlfriend, Rivalry, 1960s, Rise

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Awards

Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Score for a Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1984)
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Winner Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1984)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1984)
Nominated Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1985)
Nominated Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1984)