Once Upon a Time in America ★★★★½

Sergio Leone’s gangster epic is a true cinematic masterpiece. At an immense four hours it’s certainly a test of endurance, but Leone’s immaculate craft results in a gripping narrative that never relinquishes its grasp. This shockingly violent and compelling expression of friendship, betrayal and vengeance is deliberately paced, exceptionally performed and beautifully scored by Ennio Morricone. A shortened, two-and-a-half hour cut is available, but completely betrays Leone’s intention, I urge you to seek out either the “original” or “complete” version.

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