Sergio Leone's original 'Once Upon a Time in America' out on DVD

Oct 07, 2014 1332

Italian director Sergio Leone never saw the American version of his final film, the 1984 gangster epic "Once Upon a Time in America," starring Robert De Niro.

Leone had already made painful trims in his favored four-hour-plus version to get the running time down to 3 hours and 49 minutes for its presentation at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival and for European release. But the nonlinear drama was reedited in chronological order and slashed to just 2 hours and 19 minutes by the studio for its U.S. release. The heavily truncated version was a box-office failure.

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