7.0/10
23,482
120 user 67 critic

King of New York (1990)

Trailer
1:07 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

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.

Director:

Reviews
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

While investigating a young nun's rape, a corrupt New York City police detective, with a serious drug and gambling addiction, tries to change his ways and find forgiveness.

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Harvey Keitel, Victor Argo, Paul Calderon
The Funeral (1996)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

New York City, the 1930s. A powerful crime family is caught in a lethal crossfire between union organizers and brutal corporate bosses. Against this turbulent backdrop, the family's three ... See full summary »

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Christopher Walken, Chris Penn, Annabella Sciorra
New Jack City (1991)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him.

Director: Mario Van Peebles
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne
Deep Cover (1992)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A black uniformed policeman is recruited by a devious drug enforcement agent to infiltrate a smuggling organization seeking to expand into designer drugs. This 'ugly side of the war on ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Duke
Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Jeff Goldblum, Lira Angel
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Five different criminals face imminent death after botching a job quite badly.

Director: Gary Fleder
Stars: Andy Garcia, Christopher Walken, Christopher Lloyd
The Addiction (1995)
Horror | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A New York philosophy grad student turns into a vampire after getting bitten by one, and then tries to come to terms with her new lifestyle and frequent craving for human blood.

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Lili Taylor, Christopher Walken, Annabella Sciorra
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A New York film director, working on his latest movie in Los Angeles, begins to reflect the actions in his movie and real life, especially when he begins an affair with the lead actress.

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Harvey Keitel, Madonna, James Russo
Ms .45 (1981)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A shy and mute seamstress goes insane after being attacked and raped twice in one day, in which she takes to the streets of New York after dark and randomly kills men with a .45 caliber gun.

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Zoë Lund, Bogey, Albert Sinkys
Mulberry St. (2010)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Born in the Bronx and raised in upstate New York, Abel Ferrara started his professional film career on Mulberry Street in 1975. For the past year he's been living on the block, and the ... See full summary »

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Danny Aiello, Frank Aquilino, Frankie Cee
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Terry Noonan returns home to New York's Hells Kitchen after a ten year absence. He soon hooks up with childhood pal Jackie who is involved in the Irish mob run by his brother Frankie. Terry... See full summary »

Directors: Phil Joanou, Michael Lee Baron
Stars: Sean Penn, Ed Harris, Gary Oldman
Suicide Kings (1997)
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A group of youngsters kidnap a respected Mafia figure.

Director: Peter O'Fallon
Stars: Christopher Walken, Denis Leary, Sean Patrick Flanery
Hoodlum (1997)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Black gangsters in 1930 Harlem fights Dutch Schultz who is trying to horn in on their numbers racket.

Director: Bill Duke
Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Tim Roth, Vanessa Williams
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Jimmy Jump (as Larry Fishburne)
...
...
Janet Julian ...
Joey Chin ...
...
...
...
...
Raye
...
Blood (as Leonard Lee Thomas)
...
Tanner (as Roger Smith)
Carrie Nygren ...
Melanie
Ernest Abuba ...
King Tito
Edit

Storyline

After completing a lengthy prison sentence, one-time drug kingpin Frank White returns to New York intent on reestablishing his empire and making things as they were before he left. Others of course have taken over the business during his absence but that clearly isn't going to stop White. While he is gunning down the opposition, he decides he's going to give away the money he'll make to modernize the hospital in his old neighborhood. Drug dealers aren't the only thing he has to worry about however: a group of rogue cops decide they are going to take him down. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

X | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

| |

Language:

|

Release Date:

28 September 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El rey de New York  »

Box Office

Gross:

$2,554,476 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The first cut of the film originally ran for almost two hours and had to be edited down to 106 minutes to avoid an X rating. See more »

Goofs

After Emilio Zappa is assassinated in the phone booth, one gunman holds a newspaper under the deceased Zappa's face. The Headline reads "Frank White released from Prison" but the article's body below that headline is completely unrelated. See more »

Quotes

Blood: [as he enters a hotel room and proceeds to gun down King Tito and Company] ... ROOM SERVICE, MOTHERFUCKERS!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bad Lieutenant (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Strivin'
Written by Lavaba / T. Lewis
Performed by Party Posse
Courtesy of Jive Records
Published by Zomba Enterprises Inc. ASCAP/Willesden Music Inc. BMI
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.


53 of 72 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Am I the only one... shawnevans666
King of New York better than Scarface?? azn_pryde15
I can't believe how bad this movie was. SteDevote
Roy Bishop Paris179
Favorite character mike_dirnt19
‘Come by the Plaza Hotel, I got work for you'' matmatmat589
Discuss King of New York (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?