Once upon a time in america has been compared to the godfather series. Being a big fan of Godfather and Robert Deniro, i borrowed the DVD from the university library and prepared for a 3 hour movie with the usual soy bean drink and Lays. So about the movie, this movie was good for the first hour and a half. The rest of the movie was pretty slow with the scenes being really long and draggy. Plot wise, i kinda got lost at the end as the story wasnt linear. But still, it really deserves to be a classic. This movie was set in 1910's-1930's and the director did a really good job of recreating the Jewish gheto where the events of the movie took place. The set looked more convincing than the one in Gangs of New York. There was a scene where these young jewish ghetto kids were walking down a street with Brooklyn Bridge in the background. Simply beautiful. One of the most beautiful scenes in movie history IMO. The 1970's 1980's Robert Deniro can do no wrong. In this movie, he was a bit more subtle. His performance was nothing like Travis in Taxi Driver where he did the "you talkin to me?" scene. But nonetheless, he was able to portray a consiously conflicted gangster very well. As for the other actors......i dont give a shit. No wait, hot ass Jeniffer Conelly was in this movie and we get to see her ass. Think she was 13 years old...WTF...!!!!. Comparing to the godfather 1 and 2,(i omitted godfather 3 becos i didnt watch it), the first half of the movie was as good or maybe better and the second half, not as good. Despite some flaws, this movie is one of the best made gangster movies of all time. With good production, ok story, Sergio Leone directing and Robert Deniro acting, it can never go wrong. How should i rate it.?? If u like gangster movies and classics, it is a must watch. Rent it from the video store or library and watch it with in ur rich ass friend's house with the plasma screen, and BOSE. If u enjoy shitty cheese from hollywood like Spiderman 3, Mr woodcock, Will Farrel movies and so on, go give a BJ to a shot gun barrel. So spill crew, spill community. Feel free to comment eh!! Sayonara.