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  • Robert De Niro

    21 51.22%
  • James Woods

    10 24.39%
  • Elizabeth McGovern

    3 7.32%
  • Joe Pesci

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  • Burt Young

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  • Tuesday Weld

    7 17.07%
  • Treat Williams

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  • Scott Tiler

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Thread: MVP of the Film #238: Once Upon a Time in America

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    MVP of the Film #238: Once Upon a Time in America

    The rules are very straight forward, you vote for the one actor/actress you think gave the best performance out of the cast. Polls will remain open for five days, and then I will move onto a different film. You may offer future suggestions for the poll. You may vote on the poll above, if you select the 'Other' option, please reply with your answer.

    #237: Thoroughbreds | Cory Finley, 2017 RESULTS
    Olivia Cooke | 37
    Anya Taylor-Joy | 11
    Anton Yelchin | 04

    Total votes: 52




    #238: Once Upon a Time in America | Sergio Leone, 1984
    You'll put up, and you'll shut up! You hear nothing, and you see nothing! Just like you did for Bugsy!


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    This is very hard given the high quality of all the performances in the film so I went with leading man Robert De Niro but honestly any choice is a great one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs Gert Hammond View Post
    This is very hard given the high quality of all the performances in the film so I went with leading man Robert De Niro but honestly any choice is a great one.
    Agree, De Niro is fantastic here but Connelly and Woods are giving more or less career best performances

    "And there on top of his head were faces like she had seen only in a dream, almost too beautiful to be recognized as people at all:
    the most beautiful woman and the most beautiful man in the world, she the female version of him, and he the male version of her
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    Although most of the cast is impeccable here, its De Niro for me

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    I don't remember. Saw it on VHS, decades ago. Severely edited butchered.
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    I can’t choose between Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CitizenKian View Post
    I can’t choose between Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone.

    "And there on top of his head were faces like she had seen only in a dream, almost too beautiful to be recognized as people at all:
    the most beautiful woman and the most beautiful man in the world, she the female version of him, and he the male version of her
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cooper View Post
    I don't remember. Saw it on VHS, decades ago. Severely edited butchered.
    I highly recommend seeing the 3 hours 49 minutes version, to me one of the finest films ever made.

    "And there on top of his head were faces like she had seen only in a dream, almost too beautiful to be recognized as people at all:
    the most beautiful woman and the most beautiful man in the world, she the female version of him, and he the male version of her
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeEastman View Post
    I highly recommend seeing the 3 hours 49 minutes version, to me one of the finest films ever made.
    My last blind buy was a little French flick called Children of Paradise which was an Eastman recommendation.

    Trouble is, the OUATIA blu-ray is frightfully expensive in Can.

    Amazon.com won't ship it to my location. At least according to the blurb on their site. That's never happened before.

    I may have to resort to the director's cut DVD. Doesn't matter. I'll eventually see it in its entirety.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cooper View Post
    My last blind buy was a little French flick called Children of Paradise which was an Eastman recommendation.

    Trouble is, the OUATIA blu-ray is frightfully expensive in Can.

    Amazon.com won't ship it to my location. At least according to the blurb on their site. That's never happened before.

    I may have to resort to the director's cut DVD. Doesn't matter. I'll eventually see it in its entirety.
    Cooper, I am not sure which streaming services you have (if any), but this film is available on Amazon Prime, Crave/Starz and Disney Plus in Canada. When I watched it on Prime, it was the extended cut, which is indeed an all-timer masterpiece.

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    One of the best films evah.

    De Niro for me, but Elizabeth McGovern is pretty sublime in this.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeEastman View Post
    I highly recommend seeing the 3 hours 49 minutes version, to me one of the finest films ever made.
    I rewatched the sublime 3h49m cut last year. but I guess there was also supposed to be a restored 4h30m cut that was in works? I dunno what happens to that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bickle View Post
    I rewatched the sublime 3h49m cut last year. but I guess there was also supposed to be a restored 4h30m cut that was in works? I dunno what happens to that.
    I've seen the 4h11m version (the directors cut), I didn't think it added much except one scene with McGovern during her performance, and the ending is slightly longer (which I actually thought made it worse).

    "And there on top of his head were faces like she had seen only in a dream, almost too beautiful to be recognized as people at all:
    the most beautiful woman and the most beautiful man in the world, she the female version of him, and he the male version of her
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeEastman View Post
    I've seen the 4h11m version (the directors cut), I didn't think it added much except one scene with McGovern during her performance, and the ending is slightly longer (which I actually thought made it worse).
    Oh. I'll check it out if I get a hold of this version.

    I absolutely get your effusive recommendation for the 3h49m cut, which is indeed a masterpiece
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeEastman View Post
    I've seen the 4h11m version (the directors cut), I didn't think it added much except one scene with McGovern during her performance, and the ending is slightly longer (which I actually thought made it worse).
    The Louise Fletcher erasure

    I can appreciate De Niro's more understated work here, but it's a little too internal for me. It's one thing for Old Noodles to be haunted and reticent, but Young Man Noodles wasn't very interesting, either. The actor playing the kid version gave him more life by comparison.

    Woods was electric and gives a legitimately complex portrayal beyond the aggression and insanity. So I'm going with him.

    And I can't believe Elizabeth McGovern has 3 votes here. In what world??
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    Quote Originally Posted by lazarus View Post
    The Louise Fletcher erasure

    I can appreciate De Niro's more understated work here, but it's a little too internal for me. It's one thing for Old Noodles to be haunted and reticent, but Young Man Noodles wasn't very interesting, either. The actor playing the kid version gave him more life by comparison.

    Woods was electric and gives a legitimately complex portrayal beyond the aggression and insanity. So I'm going with him.

    And I can't believe Elizabeth McGovern has 3 votes here. In what world??
    Woods over De Niro???



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    Quote Originally Posted by CallMeByYourNamaste View Post
    One of the best films evah.

    De Niro for me, but Elizabeth McGovern is pretty sublime in this.

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