Once Upon A Time In America: things that still puzzle me

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by pfgpowell, May 27, 2008.

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    pfgpowell Guest

    Yes, I know all about the 'opium dream' theory and I know that Once
    Upon A Time is not meant to be taken literally but there something
    bothering me: exactly why did Max fake his death in cahoots with the
    mob? And just why was it necessary to set up Noodles to apparently
    shop the other three? Max is slowly shown to be 'crazy' but there is
    nothing to suggest he is a psycho who was quite willing to betray the
    other two in the gang. The slow disrancint between Noodles and Max is
    established, but there is no explanation as to why Max should change
    from quite an engaging character into a 'crazy'. And there is nothing
    to suggest that despite the end of Prohibtion, the gang cannot carry
    on in a criminal bent. Was the Federal Reserve plan just a ruse? And
    why was there the apparent significant appearance of Joe Minaldo at
    the hospital when nothing, but nothing comes of it. I watched the film
    on DVD and it was Leone's 229 minute cut, but I still feel far too
    much was left on the cutting room floor.
    pfgpowell, May 27, 2008
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    Robo-man Guest

    One of my all time favorites.

    I am sure you can find you answers over on the message boards at *IMDB.com*.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087843/ *Great site*

    Robo-man, May 28, 2008
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