Once Upon a Time in America

Factual error: The Kate Smith recording of God Bless America was made in 1938. It is playing in the background during the opening scene but the opening scene takes place in 1933: 5 years before the song was recorded.

Factual error: Noodles visits the mausoleum containing the caskets of his friends who were killed in 1933. He finds a key hanging on the wall from a plaque that says Noodles built it in 1967. Earlier, he tells Fat Moe he had not been in town for 35 years, since 1933, so the action was taking place in 1968. The key is to a locker at a bus terminal. Inside the locker is a suitcase full of money, stacks of twenties. The bills have the signature of Secretary of the Treasury William Blumenthal, but he was appointed by President Carter in 1977.

Factual error: Directors extended cut. Train leaving New York with Deborah for Hollywood you see the sign "voie 13." French for platform 13. The scene was shot at Gare du Nord, Paris, France. (02:55:23)

Continuity mistake: When Noodles is raping Roberta in the car, her socks are pale brown-grey, then camera angle changes, and they are black, and then they are grey-brown again.

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

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Question: why, being there so many sequences of nudity in the film, the woman in the funeral car Max brings for Noodles after he is released from jail has her breasts blurred?, why would this scene be conceived like that?.

Answer: You have a censored version. The American R1 version has no such censoring.

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