Storyline:The act of "Once Upon a Time in America" is based on the autobiographical novel "The Hoods" by Harry Gray. In three interwoven periods (1922, 1933 and 1968) the story of a gang in New York City is told. It comes to rapid wealth and power during alcohol prohibition in the US by extorting protection money, forcibly removing competitors and smuggling alcohol. Following the repeal of prohibition, it faces a momentous decision: should it go into organized crime or political corruption on a grand scale? Starring Robert De Niro (David "Noodles" Aaronson) and James Woods (Maximilian "Max" Bercovicz).