Once Upon a Time in America

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Once Upon a Time in America (Italian title C'era una volta in America) is a 1984 crime film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro and James Woods.

Noodles: Why was that a surprise? You can always pick the winners at the starting gate - the winners and the losers. Who woulda put a penny on me?

Max: You're looking good. Noodles: You're looking a little better.

Max: Some we give them the good life, others we give it right up the ass.

Max: When you've been betrayed by a friend, you hit back.

Max: You know, if we listened to you, we would still be out rolling drunks.

Police Chief Aiello: I'm the chief of police, not the chief of the people.

Max: You'll live with the stink of the streets all your life. Noodles: I like the stink of the streets. It cleans out my lungs. And it gives me a hard-on.

Max: This country's still growing up. Certain diseases, you're better off having when you're still young.

Joe Minaldi: Life is... funnier than shit.

Dominic: [after being shot by Bugsy] Noodles, I slipped!

Joe Minaldi: [inspecting diamonds through a loupe] Any trouble? Patrick 'Patsy' Goldberg: No trouble. Kid stuff. [Pulls out a gun and shoots Joe in the eye through the loupe]

Chicken Joe: [as he and another thug are torturing Jimmy O'Donnell] I don't give a *shit* about you and your Socialist workers!

Noodles: You really are crazy, Max. Max: [pulls out a gun and hits Noodles over the head with the butt, repeatedly] Don't you *ever*, *ever* say that!

[last lines] Noodles: I hope the investigation turns out to be nothing; it'd be a shame to see a lifetime of work go to waste.

Noodles: You see, I have a story too, Mr. Bailey. I had a friend once. A dear friend. I turned him in to save his life. He died. But he wanted it that way. Things went bad for my friend, and they went bad for me, too.

Noodles: I haven't had a gun in my hands for many, many years. My eyes aren't what they used to be, even with the glasses. My hands shake. And I wouldn't want to miss.

Max: Is this your idea of revenge? Noodles: No. It's just the way I see things.

Patrick 'Patsy' Goldberg: Hey, scotch heating!

Frankie Minaldi: [introducing the gang to Joe] Here they are, "The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse"! Did you happen to see that movie, Joe? It's a good movie.

James Conway O'Donnell: [to Max] You boys ain't a mild case of the measles - you're the plague. And bastards like him - [motioning at Crowning] James Conway O'Donnell: - are immune. That's the difference between us and them. Noodles: [puts a jacket on O'Donnell, who flinches] Take it easy. The difference is, they're always gonna win. And you're gonna keep gettin' it up the ass. Crowning: Sooner than you think.

Patrick 'Patsy' Goldberg: [Patsy and Max have Crowning at gunpoint and are trying to get Chicken Joe and Willie the Ape to release O'Donnell] Just swapping prisoners. Philip 'Cockeye' Stein: Fair trade, huh, chickenhead? [Chicken Joe turns and sees Cockeye and Noodles standing to his right] Philip 'Cockeye' Stein: Union boy over here, for Mister Boss Man. Chicken Joe: Well, look who's here - Fat Moe's boneyard boys! Max: Which reminds me... how's that cancer in your gut comin' along, Chicken Joe?

Sharkey: [O'Donnell has been shot in the leg by Crowning's henchmen] Don't worry, Jimmy. With one leg a little shy, you're gonna take giant steps. James Conway O'Donnell: Yeah... always one step behind you, eh Sharkey?

Noodles: I'm not that type of guy, bedsides if I hit you, I'm afraid you'd like it.

Deborah Gelly: I read books, I want to learn everything, I want to know everything. Doesn't it make sense to have plans?

Fat Moe: When did you get back? Noodles: Today. Fat Moe: Why? Noodles: They got in touch with me. Fat Moe: Who? Noodles: I thought you might know. Fat Moe: Me? I don't know nothin' 'bout nobody no more.