Sergio Leone's final film as director has never yet been released in its entirety. Noodles (De Niro) and Max (Woods) are childhood friends who rise in the Jewish mafia but whose friendship turns to betrayal. An attempt to edit the film into chronological sequence proved disastrous. Leone himself edited the 225-minute version, and it is only in this print that you come to realize how the characters relate to one another and the importance that time, seen through the use of flashbacks, has on the narrative and those involved. Beautifully photographed, the streets of New York almost resemble the dusty plains of Leone's Fistful of Dollars. Like that film, this can be brutal, especially the rape scene with Noodles and Deborah (McGovern). You'll need a padded seat to watch it all through.
Director: Sergio Leone Cast: Robert De Niro, James Wood, Elizabeth McGovern, Treat Williams