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Gangs of New York (2002)

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In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.

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Storyline

Having seen his father killed in a major gang fight in New York, young Amsterdam Vallon is spirited away for his own safety. Some years later, he returns to the scene of his father's death, the notorious Five Points district in New York. It's 1863 and lower Manhattan is run by gangs, the most powerful of which is the Natives, headed by Bill "The Butcher" Cutting. He believes that America should belong to native-born Americans and opposes the waves of immigrants, mostly Irish, entering the city. It's also the time of the Civil War and forced conscription leads to the worst riots in US history. Amid the violence and corruption, young Vallon tries to establish himself in the area and also seek revenge over his father's death. Written by garykmcd

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America Was Born In The Streets.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for intense strong violence, sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 December 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pandillas de Nueva York  »

Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,049,746 (Japan) (20 December 2002)

Gross:

$77,679,638 (USA) (11 April 2003)
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Trivia

One day, after the day's filming was finished, Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese talked Daniel Day-Lewis into going out to eat with them. He refused to break character, and the waitress was afraid to go near him. See more »

Goofs

After Jenny fights off her two attackers in the harbor, she pulls herself up on a crate. In the next shot, she crawls toward the crate on hands and knees. See more »

Quotes

Bill: Pistols?
Amsterdam Vallon: No pistols.
Bill: Good boy.
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Crazy Credits

Aside from the altered studio logos, there are no opening credits and title, except for the beginning of the movie saying "Miramax Films Presents". The rest of the credits and the title are at the end of the movie. The title of the film is made up of pieces of type that would have been used in the 19th Century to print newsletters, posters, and flyers like the ones seen throughout the film. See more »

Connections

References Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

Brooklyn Heights
Composed by Howard Shore
Produced by Hal Willner
Recorded and mixed by Eric Liljestrand
Additional mixing by Tom Lazarus
Additional recording and mixing by Geoff Foster
Orchestrations by Jeff Atmajian
Conducted by Andy Brown
Solo counter tenor by Will Towers
Solo boy soprano by James Kanagasooriam
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Overlong
2 April 2003 | by (Tromso, Norway) – See all my reviews

An overlong, highly episodic excuse for some burlesque and indulgent violence masquerading part-time as a film of historical interest and validity. With Leonardo scowling, Diaz giggling and Day Lewis doing his best De Niro, this film takes itself far too seriously for the leaden-handed and juvenile treatment of a story which seems suspect the moment you think about it. Its a shame to see a director with such a great track-record try so hard to convince us that he's still 'got it'. Couldn't he have left this drekk to Jerry Bruckheimer?


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