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Once Upon a Time in America is a film directed by Sergio Leone which was first released in 1984. It stars Robert  DeNiro and James Woods and is loosely based on the novel 'The Hoods' by Harry Grey. While ostensibly an epic gangster story, the film is about friendship, love, betrayal, history, class, memory, and time. The narrative  is non-linear, starting in the 1930s, moving forward to the 1960s, back to the 1920s and shifting several more times between the three periods. Among the film's many virtues are its complex story, cinematography, acting, period details, and the beautiful musical score by Ennio Morricone.

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