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Title Year Length (Minutes) MPAA Rating My Rating
Once Upon a Time in America 1984 227 R 4.0 out of 5 ducks
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The epic tale of a group of Jewish gangsters in New York, from childhood in the early 1900s through the 1930s, and their reunion in the 1960s. Noodles and Max are childhood pals and adult partners in crime, with Cockeye and Patsy joining into the mix. The film jumps between present and flashback periods. 1900s covers the mild extortion of the beat cop who was having the hot lovin' with underage girl Peggy. The neighborhood's competition gang, led by Bugsy, isn't keen with Noodles' guys trying to carve out a niche, there's some violence here and there, and with the gang's doing business. Noodles gang gets challenged in the street, one is shot and Noodles kills Bugsy for the kid's death; he's off to prison for years. Patsy, Cockeye and Max all died in 1933, we see as Noodles visits their graves. There, Noodles finds a key that opens the locker at the train station that holds a suitcase of money. Back to the 30s, Noodles and Max (who calls Noodles 'uncle'), go to a welcome home party for Noodles' release from to prison. Amongst the well-wishers is Deborah, who still has her childhood crush on him. Noodles is hired to rob an insurance agent of some diamonds in his office, and it ends with lots of shooting. Noodles messes with the crooked cop, whose first son (he has four daughters) is mixed up in the nursery (the cop let the scabs in past a picket line). Noodles ends up tracking down Deborah again, and they go to dinner (he rented the entire oceanfront restaurant just for them); she tells him she's leaving New York for Hollywood; they kiss before he rapes her. Max and Noodles income dries up when Prohibition ends. Max outlines his dream the federal reserve bank, Noodles tells him he's crazy, and Max flips out a bit. The three friends all died in a shoot out with the cops driving trucks with booze (just before Prohibition was lifted); Max was sensitive about being called crazy because he dad was a nut who died in the asylum. Back to the 60s, Noodles finds Deborah, they talk and he learns she never married. He asked about an invitation to a senator's party; the boy waiting outside her dressing room is also named David, just like Noodles (daddy). The senator is really Max (now living as Bailey; the body in the street when he died in 1933 wasn't him). Noodles tells him he's crazy, and Max tells Noodles his mind is clear, particularly as Max has taken all that Noodles had -- his money, his life, his girl, and left him only grief for the past 35 years thinking he'd killed his friend Max. Noodles flashes back to his memories of them together, and he tells Max this is a killing he won't take. Max looks at a pocket watch (the one he gave to Noodles as a boy), and tells Noodles when you're betrayed by a friend, you hit back, and challenges Noodles to do it (shoot him). Noodles tells him the story of having a friend, whom Noodles turned into the cops, and he was killed (Max in '33). Noodles then leaves Max/Bailey's office and leaves the estate. Outside, a garbage truck starts driving as Max comes outside, the garbage grinder is running, and Max is no longer anywhere to be seen. We end back in the 30s with Noodles at his Chinese healer's place smoking on a pipe (opium?). We fade out with Noodles grinning in a delighted sort of way. Moving film reel
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