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King of New York (1990)

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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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

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28 September 1990 (USA)  »

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El rey de New York  »

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$2,554,476 (USA)
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Abel Ferrara was against filming in Sing Sing Prison for the opening sequences of the film. See more »

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In the scene in which Bishop enters the train to seek White, Bishop enters the #7 train. The #7 train begins at "Main St., Flushing Queens" and terminates at "42nd St. Times Square." The destination of this particular #7 train posts "34th St. Penn Station" as its terminus. See more »

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Dennis Gilley: Frank's Park-Avenue attorney can get him out in TEN MINUTES! TEN MINUTES later, he's back on the street again. There's only one way to get Frank.
Roy Bishop: So... what? Are you going to shoot everybody you can't arrest?
Dennis Gilley: We can make it look like a rival gang.
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Am I Black Enough For You?
Written and Performed by Schooly-D (as Schooly D)
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Published by Willesden Music Inc.
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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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