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Okay, a four hour gangster movie is not going to be everyone's cup of tea, especially when the pacing is absolutely glacial and DeNiro and Woods aren't on-screen for about half that time because of a childhood flashback that's longer than some full movies. But, if you take this movie on the terms director Sergio Leone sets, it's a richly rewarding cinemeatic experience. I've heard the film described as "an opium dream of a gangster movie" and the pacing seems to justify such a response. But it's slow and richly detailed, and a little odd at times, for very good reasons that pay off in spades by the film's emotionally titanic (though slightly anti-climactic} finale.DeNiro smolders throughout, while James Woods delivers a teriffic scenery-chewing performance. The story is friendship (and betrayal, of course)Godfather parts 1 and 2 rolled into one film? Yes, and more. And viewers familliar with Leone only through his spagetti westerns are in for a surprise: Leone is a world-class film-maker here, capable of stunning beauty and cruelty, often within the same frame.
The movie supposedly depicted life as it was in the 20s and 30s around New York. It is the growing up an investment of a group of young man, who strove for power with no holds barred. The movie is very graphic in places and definitely is not for younger viewers. DeNiro and wood's both portrayed very strong characters, with aplomb. I have watched this movie several times now and still get drawn back into it, for the scenery and the fact that each time I watch it. I see something that I'd missed previously.
This is a great movie. It is very educational and informative. You can learn a lot from this movie. This movie is a good depiction of life in New York City at a very troubling time.
Great movie... the story and the plot.. how the movie was shot.. almost makes you feel you are there.. in the gangster era...