R | | Crime, Drama
A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
The script was written in Italian by Leonardo Benvenuti. In 1981, writing partners Piero De Bernardi and Enrico Medioli, and Stuart Kaminsky were brought in to appropriately translate it into English. According to Kaminsky, Benvenuti was primarily responsible for devising the visual scenes, Medioli maintained the epic nature of the film, and Kaminsky wrote all of the dialogue (Kaminsky also collaborated with Robert De Niro to ensure the characterization between Max and David "Noodles" Aaronson was both similar and distinct).
Where is he? Where's he hiding?
Eve: I don't know... I've been looking for him since yesterday.
Beefy: I'm gonna ask you for the last time: Where is he?
Eve: I don't know... What are you gonna do to him?
Beefy: Stay here in case that rat shows up...
When Noodles and Max confront for the first time, while unloading the chandelier and Noodles takes the watch back, the police officer asks where he got the watch, who gave it to him. They respond that it was from Noodle's little brother, Max's uncle, who was from Chisinau Poland. In 1920, Chisinau was a city in Romania, later being capital city of the Republic of Moldova, it was never part of Poland.
Joey Faye is credited as the "adorable old man."
The infamous 139 minute American version was the version given wide release in America. Heavily cut by the Ladd Company against Leone's wishes, the film's story was rearranged in chronological order, which had the effect of making it even more difficult to follow. Most of the major cuts involved the childhood sequences, making the 1933 sections the most prominent part of the film. All of the scenes in 1968 with Deborah were excised, and the scene with "Secretary Bailey" ended with him shooting himself (albeit off-screen), rather than the famous garbage truck conclusion of the 229-minute version. The shortened version, while briefly on VHS in the 1980s, is in little demand and almost impossible to find.
English, Italian, French
$2,412,014 3 June 1984