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King of New York -- Abel Ferrara's stylish direction accentuates this gritty action film about a New York drug lord (Christopher Walken) who's just out of prison and determined to rule the streets again with a vengeance.
King of New York -- 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.
King of New York -- 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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Writer (WGA):
Nicholas St. John (written by)
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Release Date:
28 September 1990 (USA) See more »
Not everyone who runs a city is elected. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Christopher Walken ... Frank White

David Caruso ... Dennis Gilley

Laurence Fishburne ... Jimmy Jump (as Larry Fishburne)

Victor Argo ... Roy Bishop

Wesley Snipes ... Thomas Flanigan
Janet Julian ... Jennifer
Joey Chin ... Larry Wong

Giancarlo Esposito ... Lance

Paul Calderon ... Joey Dalesio

Steve Buscemi ... Test Tube

Theresa Randle ... Raye

Leonard L. Thomas ... Blood (as Leonard Lee Thomas)

Roger Guenveur Smith ... Tanner (as Roger Smith)
Carrie Nygren ... Melanie
Ernest Abuba ... King Tito
Frank Adonis ... Paul Calgari

Vanessa Angel ... British Female
Frank Aquilino ... Card Player (as Butchie Aquilino)
David Batiste ... Waiter - Chicken Hut
Michael Battin ... Taxi Driver
Frankie Cee ... Johnny Chick
Lia Chang ... Gangmember (as Kim Lia Chang)
Endira ... Flanigan's Child

Erica Gimpel ... Dr. Shute
Frank Gio ... Arty Clay
Jack Goode Jr. ... Palladium Patron
Lance Guecia ... Musta
Michael Guess ... Carter
Freddy Howard ... Emilio El Zapo
Nancy Hunter ... Millie
Jay Julien ... Abraham Cott
Susannah Julien ... Palladium Patron

Robert LaSardo ... Italian Guard (as Robert Lasardo)

Phoebe Legere ... Bordello Woman

James Lorinz ... Tip Connoly

Gary Landon Mills ... Chilly
Gerard Murphy ... Mulligan (as Gerald Murphy)
Anthony Padilla ... Flanigan's Child

Harold Perrineau ... Thug Leader
George Lawrence Perry ... Cop
Marty Pesci ... Palladium Patron

Peter Richardson ... Emperor Jones

Alonna Shaw ... Kathleen Mulligan (as Lonnie Shaw)
Wendell Sweda ... Man at Breakfast Table
Freddie Jackson ... Himself
Ariane ... Ariane
Pete Hamill ... Pete Hamill
Sari Chang ... Reporter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

George G. Colucci ... Theatre Goer (uncredited)

Joe Delia ... Harlem Ballroom Band Member (uncredited)
Tony Garnier ... Harlem Ballroom Band Member (uncredited)

Dhonna Harris Goodale ... Gangsta Moll (uncredited)

David Hummel ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Laszlo Klima ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)

Carlos Lauchu ... Undercover Cop (uncredited)
Mark Monto ... Cop (uncredited)
Phil Neilson ... NYPD Detective (uncredited)

Lucille M. Oliver ... Subway Hostage (uncredited)
Anthony Redman ... Harlem Ballroom Announcer (voice) (uncredited)

John Reidy ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)

Matthew Shields ... Boyfriend at Club (uncredited)
Abe Speller ... Harlem Ballroom Band Member (uncredited)
Timothy Stickney ... Cop (uncredited)
Emma Terese ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Zenon Zeleniuch ... Party guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Abel Ferrara 
Writing credits
Nicholas St. John (written by)

Produced by
Augusto Caminito .... producer
Jay Julien .... executive producer
Mary Kane .... producer
Randy Sabusawa .... associate producer
Vittorio Squillante .... executive producer
Original Music by
Joe Delia 
Cinematography by
Bojan Bazelli (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Anthony Redman 
Casting by
Randy Sabusawa 
Production Design by
Alex Tavoularis 
Art Direction by
Stephanie Ziemer 
Set Decoration by
Sonja Roth 
Costume Design by
Carol Ramsey 
Makeup Department
Ron Abrams .... key hair stylist
Carla White .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Mary Kane .... production manager
Diana Phillips .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gerald Cuesta .... second second assistant director
Robert Huberman .... dga trainee (as Bob Huberman)
Phil Neilson .... second unit director
Drew Ann Rosenberg .... second assistant director (as Drew Rosenberg)
David Sardi .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jacqueline Arnot .... set dresser
Bruce Bullock .... property production assistant
Tim Eaton .... set dresser
Peter Gelfman .... property master
Matt Golden .... storyboard artist
Charles M. Lagola .... assistant production designer (as Charles Lagola)
Nicholas H. Parker .... set dresser (as Nicholas Parker)
Victor J. Zolfo .... assistant property master (as Victor Zolfo)
Sound Department
Elisha Birnbaum .... foley artist
Osa Elmfors .... sound production assistant
Eugene Gearty .... digital sound effects
Raymond Karpicki .... dialogue editor (as Ray Karpicki)
Drew Kunin .... sound mixer
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Rached M'Dini .... assistant sound editor (assistant)
Eileen Nelson .... assistant sound editor
David Platt .... boom operator
Greg Sheldon .... supervising sound editor
Michael Shore .... assistant sound editor
Paul P. Soucek .... sound effects editor
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Mel Zelniker .... sound re-recording engineer
Special Effects by
Dan McMahon .... special effects assistant
Jeff Naparstek .... assistant special effects coordinator
Matt Vogel .... special effects coordinator
Bill Anagnos .... stunts
Peter Bucossi .... stunts
Carl Ciarfalio .... stunts
Daniel Dod .... stunts
Andy Duppin .... stunts
Roy Farfel .... stunts
Frank Ferrara .... stunts
Jeffrey Lee Gibson .... stunts (as Jeff Gibson)
Gene Harrison .... stunt dbl. David Caruso
Roy E. Harrison .... stunts (as Roy Eugene Harrison)
Jim Lovelett .... stunts
Gino Lucci .... stunts
Chuck Margiotta .... stunts
Felix Mauras .... stunts
Cynthia Neilson .... stunts
Phil Neilson .... stunt coordinator
Hugh Aodh O'Brien .... stunts (as Hugh A. O'Brien)
Sean O'Neill .... stunts
Mick O'Rourke .... stunts
Sandy Richman .... stunts
Michael Russo .... stunts (as Mike Russo)
Columbo Saggese .... stunts
Manny Siverio .... stunts
Alex Stevens .... stunts
Jeff Ward .... stunts
Joel David Webster .... stunts (as Joel David Webster Jr.)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bojan Bazelli .... camera operator
Peter Betulia .... third grip
Ed Cosgrove .... second assistant camera
Michael Gallart .... electrician (as Mike Gallart)
Jonathan Herron .... first assistant camera
Henry Lynk .... additional camera operator
John Paul McIntyre .... dolly grip (as Jack McIntyre)
Anthony G. Nakonechnyj .... gaffer (as Tony Nakonechnyj)
David Noble .... best boy grip
John O'Malley .... electrician
Phil Oetiker .... additional first assistant camera
Greg Rosinsky .... best boy
Steve Sands .... still photographer
Rob Southworth .... camera intern
Eric Swanek .... first assistant camera
Bryan Unger .... key grip (as Brian Unger)
Casting Department
Meredith Jacobson .... extras casting
Deborah Krainin .... extras casting assistant
Julie Alter .... casting consultant: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emelle Holmes .... costumer
Barbara Palmer .... wardrobe supervisor
Varcra Russal .... associate costume designer
Alexis Scott .... second wardrobe
Mary Sheldon .... costume technician
Marcia Whitney .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Christopher Andrews .... editor: video (as Chris Andrews)
Quincy Z. Gunderson .... apprentice editor (as Quincy Gunderson)
David Hamme .... assistant colorist
Mayin Lo .... assistant editor
Dave Pultz .... color timer (as David Pultz)
Zeborah Tidwell .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Christopher Andrews .... music editor (as Chris Andrews)
Richie Boisits .... music recording engineer
Ernie Buonocore .... assistant music recording engineer
Greg Curry .... music recording engineer
David Keyes .... musician
Brian Koonin .... musician
Mark 'Love Man' Pender .... musician (as Mark Pender)
Billy Roues .... musician
Jerry Vivino .... musician
Max Weinberg .... musician
Peter Yellen .... musician
Ernie Savage .... music mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Thomas H. Beattie .... driver (as Tom Beattie)
Pat King .... driver
Gene Kirley .... driver
Robert Lapine .... driver
Jimmy Nugent .... driver (as James Nugent)
Hugh Rawson .... picture car coordinator
Kevin R. Wood .... driver (as Kevin Wood)
Other crew
Christopher Andrews .... creative consultant (as Chris Andrews)
Deborah Bacquel .... production auditor
Michael Battin .... parking coordinator
Fausto Capozzi .... representative: Scena (as Fausto Cappozi)
Lynn Goldman .... assistant auditor
Scott Hamilton .... press publicist
Lys Hopper .... assistant production coordinator (as Lysbeth A. Hopper)
Scott Hornbacher .... assistant location manager
Tony Kono .... production assistant
Lisa Krueger .... script supervisor
John Landt .... production assistant
Chong Lee .... craft service
John Paul McIntyre .... creative consultant (as John P. McIntyre)
Regina McLeod .... production assistant
Felix Olivier .... location scout
Corinna Ott .... location assistant
Kia B. Puriefoy .... production assistant (as Kia Puriefoy)
Thomas Reilly .... teamster captain (as Tom Reilly)
Susan Rosenberg .... production coordinator
Susan Rossi .... production assistant
Albert G. Ruben .... insurance
Jeannette Scheibe .... production assistant (as Jeanette Scheibe)
K.C. Schulberg .... location supervisor
Susan Sloan .... on-set nurse
Lise Wald .... production assistant
David Yashiv .... production assistant
Joe Zizzo .... production assistant

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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R | France:16 | Germany:18 (original rating) | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2013) | Iceland:16 | New Zealand:R18 (original rating) | New Zealand:R16 (re-rating) (2004) | Norway:18 (video premiere) | Portugal:M/18 (Qualidade) | South Korea:18 (1991) (cut) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:X (original rating) | USA:R (re-rating on appeal)

Did You Know?

During the film's premiere at the New York Film Festival, many members of the audience including Ferrara's wife walked out of the theater. At the question-and-answer session that Ferrara held after the screening, the first question asked was, "This film is an abomination. Why aren't you giving the proceeds to some drug rehab program?" At a second showing of the film the next day, Laurence Fishburne and 'Nicholas St. John (I)' were booed off the stage.See more »
Continuity: In the car chase, the right headlight gets knocked out in the dark sedan, but later shots of the chase show both headlights working on all three cars.See more »
Frank White:You think ambushing me in some nightclub's gonna stop what makes people take drugs? This country spends $100 billion a year on getting high, and it's not because of me. All that time I was wasting in jail, it just got worse. I'm not your problem. I'm just a businessman.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fresh Bait (1995)See more »
Am I Black Enough For You?See more »


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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
A Monster, 26 July 2010
Author: codchops from Australia

Abel Ferrara created a monster here and Christopher Walken grabbed it by the neck and made it one of the best gangster movies ever made. A truly faultless performance by Walken. The scene where his crew first see him after his release from prison is superb, he may try to act as one of the boys but his unnerving manner is there for all to see.

Considering this film was released in 1989, the cinematography is highly impressive. The shots of Walken as he looks cold-eyed into the night are tremendous, as are many of the New York shots. This movie has a very dark feel and edge to it and I thought the score complemented this superbly.

Larry Fishburne also does an excellent job as a drug-fuelled punk and the drug deal scene is one of the films many highlights. What impressed me most about this film is that not one scene is wasted. It is short, sharp, action packed and to the point and it is one of those rare gems that actually has a fantastic ending.

Well done Ferrara, this movie is one of the greats.

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