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King of New York (1990)

X  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  28 September 1990 (USA)
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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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Abel Ferrara was against filming in Sing Sing Prison for the opening sequences of the film. See more »

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When Bishop is reviewing Frank White's rap sheet on his computer, the word "parole" is misspelled as "parol", and "personnel" is misspelled as "personel". 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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Strivin'
Written by Lavaba / T. Lewis
Performed by Party Posse
Courtesy of Jive Records
Published by Zomba Enterprises Inc. ASCAP/Willesden Music Inc. BMI
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Characters are a bit one-note, but Ferrara's direction is intriguing and Walken is great as usual
13 January 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

Abel Ferrara as a director has his ups and downs. In his entire career, the only masterpiece he made was "Bad Lieutenant". However, the rest of his films are always interesting if never completely successful. "King of New York" is a very offbeat crime film and will not appeal to those seeking another "Goodfellas". However, the film eventually won me over because of its dreamlike atmosphere. This is one of the more surreal mob films I've seen. Most of the characters are a bit one-note, but Ferrara's direction is intriguing and Walken is great as usual. The film is slowly paced which, along with the bizarreness, makes it very inaccessible.

Walken turns in his most Walken performance. I'll leave that up to you as being a good thing or not, but personally I love the man. He is strange as all hell and unnerving at moments but is memorable all the same. I'm not sure if the humor was intentional, but there's something hilarious about watching Walken dancing to Schooly D surrounded by marijuana smoke. The supporting cast is one of the most bizarre ever assembled and is truly once in a lifetime. Laurence Fishburne's character is a blaxploitation throwback stereotype but easily steals the show. Victor Argo, David Caruso, Wesley Snipes, Janet Julian, and Paul Calderon are all good in their roles. "King of New York" is definitely not for everyone, but those interested in more offbeat and dreamlike films will enjoy it. Its more of an art film than an action film. (7/10)


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