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King of New York (1990)

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

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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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The Queensboro Bridge which is the setting for the final car chase in the film, was actually shut down for two nights for filming. See more »

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In movie theater, the movie on screen is Nosferatu, but the scenes are not in the correct order. See more »

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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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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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