How i dispise panpipes and Sergio Leone sticks a good load of them into your ear balls throughout.This film is long,over three and three quarter hours.I pity anyone trying to watch this on t.v.It played in Ireland and i remember Tony telling me it was 5 hours long.OUATIA is the classic tale of some new york kids growing up and having a gang/racket.Ir seemed strange when i watched the title credits and all the 5-6 writers are either italina or have italina names.But good writing anyway.I think the film could have been split into two parts,there’s no filler realy in the whole film.So maybe two films with another side story would have been good.The gang of kids get into trouble with a neighbourhood rival called Bugsy.He shoots and kills a young kid,he looks no more than 12,and Noodles(De Niro) retaliates and nkifes him and a cop who tries to stop him.He gets sent down for what i make to be 15 years.When he gets out he looks about 40 and his love interest,Debra,looks about 20,even though there was about 3-4 years between them when he got locked up.Jail must age a man.Back to Debra,she has the look of a doped up person with major mental disabilities and its this retardedness i attribute to her accent swinging from American to Posh English.Her voice has this really deep tone to it too,i’m not sure why.Whe n noodles gets out of jail all the guys are waiting for him and have invested the grouos money and have some good stuff going for them.The probition is on and they have a bar and bootleg booze.Fastforward 35 years.Noodles is back,why?,figure it out.Debra is played by the same actress and still looks 20.No grey hair no drastic mackup no nothing.While as while as i make Noodles to be 61 now.He looks it.Also you can’t have a De Niro film without Joe Pesci who pops up for two scenes.The second one doesn’t even need to be there.
IMDB RATING – 8.3
MY RATING – 7.7
SEEN BEFORE – NO
RECOMMEND? – YES
OVERALL – LONG.THE FINAL BIT WITH MAX AS AN OLD MAN WAS A BIT CONFUSING.DID NOODLE RECOGNIZE HIM?