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I know a lot of the footage of Once Upon a Time in America is missing, but I cannot understand what happens between the scene where Max knocks him out and the one where Noodles all of a sudden appears in the street and contemplates his friends' corpses.

When does he come to, and what has happened to the party?

How much time elapses between the body-bags scene and the opium den, where Noodles already has a newspaper with the latest news?

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When Max knocked Noodles out, he went away for his score but due to information given to the police by Noodles, they weren't successful (as we know upto that scene) and were shot dead by the police:

Minutes after calling the police, Max knocks Noodles unconscious during an argument. Regaining consciousness, Noodles finds out that Max, Patsy, and Cockeye have been killed by the police, and is consumed with guilt over making the phone call.

But it was all Max's trick, he explained it to Noodles later in the movie:

Max explains that corrupt police officers helped him fake his own death, so that he could steal the gang's money and make Deborah his mistress in order to begin a new life as Bailey, a man with connections to the Teamsters' union, connections that have now gone sour.


How much time elapses between the body-bags scene and the opium den, where Noodles already has a newspaper with the latest news?

If you are referring to the last scene of the movie, then it was just after Noodles found the dead bodies of his friends. The opening and the ending scene are sequential:

The end returns to the opening scene in 1933, with Noodles entering the opium den after his friends' deaths, taking the drug and broadly grinning.

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  • When does he come to, and why isn't he arrested? Secondly, how much time elapses between the body-bags scene and the opium den, where Noodles already has a newspaper reporting the raid?
    – GJC
    Oct 31 '20 at 9:15
  • “When does he come to” : When he regained the consciousness. Oct 31 '20 at 9:17
  • @GJC “Why isn’t he got arrested?” : Because he didn’t open fire on the police and was not involved in robbery. Which body bag scene and opium den are you referring to? Describe it a little more. Oct 31 '20 at 9:18

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