Once Upon a Time in America is a 1984 Italian epic crime drama film co-written and directed by Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro and James Woods. It chronicles the lives of Jewish ghetto youths who rise to prominence in New York City's world of organized crime. The film explores themes of childhood friendships, love, lust, greed, betrayal, loss, broken relationships, and the rise of mobsters in American society.
Note: The film is presented in non-chronological order, from the 1920s to the 1960s, and the film is largely told through flashbacks from the viewpoint of one person.
David "Noodles" Aaronson (Scott Tiler) struggles as a street kid in the Jewish ghetto on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, in 1920.