ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA Extended Director's Cut
1984, Warner Bros., 251 min, Italy, USA, Dir: Sergio Leone

Childhood friends Robert De Niro and James Woods rise to power as New York gangsters during the glory years of Prohibition, only to lose their souls in the process. Leone’s final masterpiece features Elizabeth McGovern, Treat Williams, Tuesday Weld, Joe Pesci, Burt Young, Danny Aiello and William Forsythe, as well as the film debut of Jennifer Connelly.


ROCKY IV
1985, Park Circus/MGM, 91 min, USA, Dir: Sylvester Stallone

In the biggest box office hit of the ROCKY series, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) is killed in the ring by Soviet heavyweight Ivan Drago (a very imposing Dolph Lundgren), and Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) travels to Russia to avenge his old friend’s death in an epic 15-round bout. Made while Cold War tensions were high, ROCKY IV shamelessly waves the U.S. flag, but when James Brown sings “Living in America,” you’ll feel like doing the same.


BACK TO SCHOOL
1986, Park Circus/MGM, 96 min, USA, Dir: Alan Metter

Rodney Dangerfield can’t get no respect as a father whose son has decided that he doesn’t want to go to college. Determined to show him the importance of education, Dangerfield enrolls at the university as well. He’s instantly popular due to his wild parties, but literature professor Sally Kellerman inspires him to crack the books. There are lots of laughs, of course, as well as a cameo by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and a soundtrack by former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman.


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