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Once Upon A Time In America / DeNiro's body, Tiler's voice
« on: November 29, 2005, 05:47:47 PM »
When Noodles gets out of jail, Max goes to pick him up. Max says to Noodles "you're looking good". Noodles says to Max "you're looking even better".

Except when Noodles says this it sounds like Scott Tiler's voice, not DeNiro's.

Anyone else notice this and if so, is there some significance?

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Once Upon A Time In America / More about the dream
« on: November 11, 2005, 05:56:52 AM »
The fact that there are scenes in an opium den almost has to make it a dream. I have known many people who lived on the Lower East Side of NY in the 20's and 30's and no one ever mentioned anything about opium dens. I'm sure they existed, but out of maybe 100 people that I've known who lived there, no one ever mentioned it. True, in the movie the dens are in Chinatown, but that is only a few blocks from the Lower East Side.

SL would almost have to put Noodles there to show it was a dream. Frequenting these places could not have been that common.

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Once Upon A Time In America / Max (Bailey) not James Woods
« on: November 09, 2005, 09:01:23 AM »
There's a scene at the very end of the movie where Max (Bailey) comes down after Noodles has left the estate. Max is standing right outside the gates of the estate near the garbage truck. That person was NOT played by James Woods. Is there any significance to that or was Woods just not available when that scene was shot.

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Once Upon A Time In America / A dream?
« on: November 08, 2005, 12:56:25 PM »
I have seen this movie many times and think it is one of the most underated films of all time. It is a work of extraordinary genius.

Recently I obtained the DVD version which has commentary by Richard Shickel(hope I spelled it right) the former movie critic from the New York Times.

He advanced the theory that everything that took place in the movie was a dream by Noodles. I'm embarrassed to say that this possibility never occurred to me. After all, the movie does open up and close with Noodles getting high in the opium den and there is a certain haze to much of the movie. The movie did show a certain aspect of American life and showed it brilliantly, but could it all be shown through Noodle's dream?

Any theories?

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