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King of New York (1990)

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A former drug lord returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition and distribute the profits of his operations to New York's poor and lower classes in this stylish and ultra violent modern twist on Robin Hood.

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A former drug lord returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition and distribute the profits of his operations to the city's poor in this stylish and ultraviolent modern twist on Robin Hood. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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drugs | prison | drug lord | detective | money | See more »

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The cops tried to stop him their way...Now they'll have to do it HIS way. See more »

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Crime | Thriller

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Release Date:

28 September 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El rey de New York  »

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$2,554,476 (USA)
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Trivia

David Caruso convinced director Abel Ferrara and producer Mary Kane to cast Wesley Snipes, as they were working together on a TV series that never materialized during the filming of this film. See more »

Goofs

When Jump orders food at the chicken place, he asks how much and the clerk says "$56.70." However, in the same scene when Jump asks again, the clerk tell hims "56.90." See more »

Quotes

Jump: I wanna know who I'm selling drugs to, you know what I mean?
Joey Dalesio: You don't sell drugs, my brother. You shoot people.
Jump: Yo, I'm unemployed. Ain't nobody left.
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References Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Rockabilly Willy
Words & Music / Abel Ferrara (as Ferrara)
Vocal by Haywood Gregory
Slymoon Pub. Co. BMI
(c) 1989
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King of the Genre
11 February 1999 | by (Lucas Buck, NC) – See all my reviews

Do you like Christopher Walken movies? The good, the deep psychological studies, the creepy pseudo-underworld /misfit characters that have unfortunately typecast one of America's greatest and multi-talented contemporary actors?

Do you like Abel Ferrara movies? The down in the muck, inner-city examinations of the seedier motivations and lifestyles-the side of life many of us would like to ignore, but are intrigued by nonetheless?

Low budget and a lot of conjones are trademarks of Ferrara's films (Fear City, The Addiction, The Funeral) and this is no exception, but the term stylish is defined here..You see, you hear, you FEEL the environment-the nasty low morality hustlers of the five burroughs………….Much congrats to Alex Tovoularis' production design.

King of New York may not be as famous as Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant in the world of the cinema-geek, but maybe it should be.

Joe Delia's haunting soundtrack is a perfect compliment to Bojan Bazelli's moody visuals-Walken's confrontation scene of the old-style Mafiosos is as classic as it is intense.

Man, do I love this movie.


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