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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 »
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Tagline:
Not everyone who runs a city is elected. See more »
Plot:
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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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

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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)
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
(WGA)
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
 
Stunts
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)
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
Joseph Zizzo .... production assistant (as Joe Zizzo)
 

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103 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:X (original rating) | USA:R (re-rating on appeal)
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Trivia:
The film was shot in 40 days without the crew having to spend more than a day on each location.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
[Frank is taking a woman hostage]
Roy Bishop:You can't hide behind her forever.
Frank White:I don't need forever!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in True Crime: New York City (2005) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
Am I Black Enough For You?See more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A crime kingpin re-enters the underworld upon his release from prison!, 4 October 2011
Author: Dan Ashley (DanLives1980) from United Kingdom

This film for many will be too much and by that I mean in every way possible; the amount of grim and grime in Abel Ferrara's portrayal of New York City at the turn of the '90's, the perpetual display of crime and gang activity, the almost impenetrable bad language, the shocking violence and the in-your-face portrayal of hard life and sudden death from the perspectives of both criminals and cops. Saying that, this is one of the first and few greats from writer and director Abel Ferrara, notorious creator of schlock-horror trash 'Driller Killer' and I love it for all the reasons that people tend to hate it.

The inimitable and irreplaceable Christopher Walken plays Frank White, whose Lieutenants - led by intimidating and possibly demented Jimmy Jump played by Laurence Fishburne - have been guarding his territory, awaiting his return from prison. But when he gets out and goes back home to see that the streets have become every man's nightmare and every crackhead's dream, he decides that through rebuilding his empire, he will clean up the streets and give back to the community what the gangs have taken.

What results of this new resolution is the start of an unprecedented bloodbath in White's attempt to rid the streets of these crack dealing gangs and this catches the attention of Roy Bishop - White's nemesis, a jaded New York cop - who proceeds to chase the kingpin with the help of his toughest men Gilley and Flanigan, played with integrity and even a clever hint of villainy by David Caruso and Wesley Snipes.

Ferrara's distinctive independent style of filmmaking truly comes to fruition in this one, as it did with 'Bad Lieutenant', giving the audience a glimpse of everyday life on the grimmest streets of New York, while allowing his characters to run wild. There seems to be no clear line in the sand designating who is supposed to be the villain here as both Frank White and Roy Bishop seem to be corrupted characters with little redeeming features, the same not exactly applying to their supporting characters.

White is a man with no qualms in spilling blood for what he sees as the greater good because he targets only the lowest of the low throughout the film until the cops' war with him becomes personal. Bishop's war with him is nothing but personal however and the only thing that suggests he isn't the true villain of the film is the fact that he's a cop. Fishburne's character, Jimmy Jump, is a devil with no need for disguise, a loyal animal that never questions the man he works for because the only kick he needs is to kill who he sees as the bad guys, even though he is possibly the most intimidating face in 'King...' And Gilley and Flanigan, as straight and clean-cut as they seem throughout the film, are in fact corrupted. Corrupted by hate, by the need for revenge and through the grudges that they bear.

If anything, Ferrara's crime thriller is a film study applying an old philosophy to modern social politics. That philosophy being, "he who fights monsters should see to it that he too does not become a monster in doing so..." The film relies on the talents of its actors as physical and emotional forces of nature, as their performances run along on little comprehensible dialogue in relation to the plot but this is strengthened by a simplistic plot with easily picked out references to classic crime thrillers and although we see where the film is headed from the start, personally found myself excited and in awe of how it got there and honestly didn't see the end coming. It goes far beyond where others dare to go and still keeps it real.

In the end I find myself thinking, this is the kind of film 'The Untouchables' and 'Carlito's Way' didn't have the balls to be!

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