De Niro impressed as David "Noodles" Aaronson in the 1984 Italian crime drama "Once Upon a Time in America." The movie chronicled the rise of mobsters in American society, a theme that has followed De Niro throughout his entire career. The original version of the film, which ran nearly four and a half hours long, is considered to be one of the greatest epics ever made, but was never released in full to American audiences. In 2012, De Niro introduced a new restoration of the film at the Cannes Film Festival. —XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photo: Warner Bros)
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