Vicenarian Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss. Excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it.
The story of Frank Abagnale Jr., before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and legal prosecutor as a seasoned and dedicated FBI agent pursues him.
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
Bill "The Butcher" Cutting states that his father died in 1814. In reality, William "Bill the Butcher" Poole, whom Cutting is based on, was born in 1821 and therefore his father could not have died during The War of 1812. See more »
When Amsterdam is placed on the table, at the pagoda, Bill the Butcher straddles his chest and pounds a cleaver in the tabletop to the left of Amsterdam's head. With the cleaver still stuck in the table, Bill takes another cleaver from his belt and tosses it in the air. As the cleaver descends toward the table, the first cleaver has disappeared and the new cleaver lands in the original cleaver's place. See more »
Daniel Day-Lewis elevates this film from just "good" to "very good" or
even "excellent." He is absolutely riveting, one of the most
interesting "villains" I have ever seen on film. I am sorry Day-Lewis
didn't win the Academy Award for his performance. He was just
outstanding to watch. His facial expressions alone cracked me up!
Day-Lewis played "Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting" he is one nasty dude.
However, there are no real "good guys" in this story. The supposed
hero, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, is a revenge-seeking man with a ton
of flaws himself. The rest of the characters are either thieves, gang
members, corrupt politicians or corrupt policeman. Ah yes, another
family-oriented film from that kindly director Martin Scorcese.
What Scorcese lacks in family values, he comes close to making up for
in style. This is another fascinating visual film with great sets,
costumes, color and camera-work. Other typical Scorcese touches are in
here: Catholic-bashing and brutal language. (I question whether the
f-word was used back in the days this film takes place.)
All in all, a tough film that could be too unpleasant to watch but for
Lewis' outstanding performance and the spectacular visuals.
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