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.
While the three hour and forty-nine minute version is touted as the definite version of the film, Sergio Leone wanted the film to have a running time of four hours and ten minutes to four hours and thirty-four minutes. The three hour and forty-nine minute version left out forty-five minutes that Leone considered essential on the cutting room floor, including: further explanation of the mob and labor relationship, David "Noodles" Aaronson meeting Carol (Tuesday Weld) in 1968, and a good deal of footage featuring Noodles' relationship with Eve (Darlanne Fluegel).
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 young Noodles holds young Peggy in the toilet and she says "You better stop squeezing me, or I'm gonna poop in my pants", the beginning of her line sounds twice, as if two different takes have been overlapped with a cross fade.
Joey Faye is credited as the "adorable old man."
When the 'complete' film was released on laser disc in America, it still had to be trimmed slightly from 229 minutes to 227 minutes, to secure an 'R' rating. Cuts were made to the two rape scenes, and some of the violence at the beginning. The final flashback montage of Max and Noodles as children was also eliminated from their final scene.
English, Italian, French
$2,412,014 (USA) (3 June 1984)
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