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.
Sergio Leone was thrilled at meeting the "real" David "Noodles" Aaronson, Harry Grey, and said he resembled Edward G. Robinson: "The grotesque realism of this elderly gangster who, at the end of his life, couldn't stop himself using a repertoire of cinematic citations, of gestures and ... ...
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...
During the scene when the young boys set the newspaper stand on fire, they run around the corner and peek through a window in the concrete which has visible spray painted graffiti on the wall, spray paint was not invented until 1949, this scene takes place in the 1920s.
Joey Faye is credited as the "adorable old man."
For its U.S. theatrical release the film was cut by 90 minutes from 3 hours and 47 minutes to 2 hours and 19 minutes after savage reviews from American critics after the film's premiere at Cannes. Many film critics gave two separate reviews for the film. While the complete European version was highly praised outside the USA (but slated by many American critics when given a limited US release a few months after a heavily cut version was released) the edited US theatrical release was critically butchered.
English, Italian, French
$2,412,014 (USA) (3 June 1984)
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