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King of New York (1990)

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A drug kingpin is released from prison and seeks to take total control of the criminal underworld in order to give back to the community.


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Jimmy Jump (as Larry Fishburne)
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Tanner (as Roger Smith)
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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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Where "Scarface" left off... "King of New York" begins. See more »


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28 September 1990 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Lucille M. Oliver, who plays Frank's hostage on the subway, had never acted before. Walken prepared her for the scene by telling her "I'm going to do something awful to you, but I will not hurt you." See more »


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 »


British Female: Frank White. I've heard a lot about you. And it's all bad.
Frank White: Don't believe everything that Pete writes in the columns.
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Words & Music / Joe Delia (as Delia) - Nicholas St. John (as St. John)
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Performed by Freddie Jackson
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This Is One Mean Story
7 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Now here's a film with a mean edge....very mean....almost too mean. If I didn't like Christopher Walken (and who doesn't?) I wouldn't have watched this low- life trash. But Walken makes the trash fashionable somehow. Plus, I always like looking at great nighttime shots of New York City.

A nice job of restoration was done on this latest two-disc DVD. The film finally looks good. This is stylishly filmed, too.

Story-wise, as mentioned, it's very rough, lots of f-words, and a simple story of a crime boss who is released from jail and is trying to reclaim his hold on the city's mob scene.

It's an interesting cast. Besides Walken is a trio of actors who wound up becoming stars: David Caruso (a TV star), Lawrence Fishburne and Wesley Snipes. All of them are nasty, too. Sometimes they make Walken look good in comparison. Unfortunately, two of those guys are cops and filmmakers love to make the cops into unlikable bad guys. They certainly are here.

So, if you're feeling ornery and want to take out some hostility without hurting anyone or anything, just flip this disc in your DVD and it should be what the doctor ordered. If you can relate to any of these people in this movie, call a minister, priest, rabbi or psychiatrist. You need help.

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