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Gangs of New York (2002)

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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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:

$77,812,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Bill the Butcher has a scene with every main and supporting character in the film, a symbol of his vast influence in the Five Points. See more »

Goofs

When Amsterdam is on the table at the Pagoda and Bill The Butcher throws the cleaver in the air, the cleaver is spinning the wrong way to land and stick in the table, yet it does exactly that. See more »

Quotes

Boss Tweed: You're a good one for the fighting, Bill. But you can't fight forever.
Bill: I can go down doing it.
Boss Tweed: And you will!
Bill: What did you say?
Boss Tweed: I said, you're turning your back on the future.
Bill: Not our future.
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We gratefully acknowledge all the individuals and institutions who contributed their historical knowledge to this film. See more »

Connections

Featured in La noche de...: Gangs of New York (2005) See more »

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The White Cockade
Performed by Franco D'Aniello, Marco Libanori and Angelo Giuliani
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User Reviews

well done, Daniel
14 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

'Gangs of New York' is the story of Irish immigrants fighting with the New York's 'natives' back in 1860. It is extremely gruesome and violent throughout the movie, (braveheart x5). Although well-paced, it may feel a bit slow at some times (its runtime is around two hours, forty minutes). I found the end of the movie (the rioting part), a bit confusing. Now the upside: The era is portrayed very well, even though the costumes seem to be a little bit overdone. This movie will keep you in tense from beginning to end, from its settings to acting, it is very well done. DiCaprio and Diaz are their regulars, but Day-Lewis is unbelievable. An incredible comeback after seven years (where was he anyway wasting all that talent?!) I definitely would've considered him for best actor of the year. my overall rating is 4 out of 6.


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