Once Upon a Time in America

Synopsis: Epic tale of a group of Jewish gangsters in New York, from childhood, through their glory years during prohibition, and their meeting again 35 years later.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Sergio Leone
Production: Warner Home Video
  Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 11 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
229 min

Where is he?

Where is he hiding?

I don't know. I've been looking

for him since yesterday.

I'm gonna ask you for the last time.

Where is he?

I don't know!

What are you gonna do to him?

You stay here

in case that rat shows up.


Who you protecting,

you dumb a**hole?

A stoolie who rats on his own friends?

They were your friends too!

I got it.

You wanna end up like that b*tch, huh?

At Chun Lao's.

Chinese theater.

You stay here with this barrel of sh*t.

Noodles! Noodles!


Easy, easy, no take!

This way. Hurry!

There down, Mott Street.

Go, go, go!




Untie me!

Stay that way. No, stay!

I want them to know I did it.

- Where you going?

- I'm gonna go get Eve.



They, they've already been there.

Do you need anything?


- I got more than I need.

- Yeah, it's all yours now.

Where to?

Sir, where do you want to go?


First bus.


One way!

That'll be a Dollar twenty!

- I wanna rent a car.

- Would you fill this out, please?


I brought back the key to your clock.

Lock the door!

When did you get back?

- Today.

- Why?

- They got in touch with me.

- Who?

- I thought you might know.

- Me?

I don't know nothing

about nobody no more.

You gonna offer me a drink?

Yeah, forgive me. Sure, of course!

Please sit down.

Who's Robert Williams?

I am!

"We wish to inform you that

following the sale of the Beth Israel Cemetery... "

Yeah, the synagogue sent these out

if you wanted to relocate your loved ones.

I got the same letter

on account of my father. God bless him!

Only the synagogue didn't send that.

I got that last week.

And the Rabbi told me

he sent those out by eight months ago.

Yeah, that's right.

That's about when I got mine.

So, what else did he say,

the Rabbi?

He said I was lucky.

The bodies of Philip Stein...

...Maximilian Bercovicz,

Patrick Goldberg were already spoken for.

And they were up

in a very fancy cemetery in Riverdale.

- What's this all mean?

- It means:

"Hey, Noodles, even though you've been hiding

in the a**hole of the world, we found you. "

"We know where you are. "

It means:

"Get ready!"

For what?

That's the one thing it didn't say.

What do you think?

I think the answer's here.

That's why I came back.

I moved everything in here.

I had to sell the house,

the backroom.

You know, I always thought you might've

helped yourself to that million bucks.

But now I know,


...you're on your ass worse than ever.

- But I'd thought it was you

- No, you thought wrong!

The suitcase was empty.

Then who took it?

That's what I've been asking

myself for 35 years.

If it bothers you,

I can sleep here, you can have my room.

No, it's okay!

- How's your sister?

- I ain't seen her for years.

She's a big star now.

We should have known, huh?

You can always tell the winners

at the starting gate.

You can always tell the winners,

and you can tell the losers.

Who would've put a penny on you?

I'd put everything I ever had on you.

Yeah, and you've lost!

Well, you're beat.

Good night.

Good night, Moe, thanks.

What have you been doing

all these years?

Been going to bed early!

- Deborah, Papa says you should help!

- No!

We got customers all over.

We can't do everything.


I've got my elocution lessons.

Fat, you better spray the toilet.

I saw a cockroach in there.


Sorry, I can't make it today.

- Okay, bye.

- Bye!

Sorry, Fats!

- Noodles!

- Bugsy's got a job for us!

Hurry up, he don't wait!

Who you calling a cockroach?

So, what are you?

You're filthy, you make me sick.

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Leonardo Benvenuti

Leonardo Benvenuti (8 September 1923 – 3 November 2000) was an Italian screenwriter. He wrote for 135 films between 1948 and 2000. He was born in Florence, Italy and died in Rome, Italy. more…

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