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American Gangster (2007)

R  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  2 November 2007 (USA)
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In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drug into the country from the Far East.

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Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States. As a result, his product is superior to what is currently available on the street and his prices are lower. His alliance with the New York Mafia ensures his position. It is also the story of a dedicated and honest policeman, Richie Roberts, who heads up a joint narcotics task force with the Federal government. Based on a true story. Written by garykmcd

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There are two sides to the American dream.

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for violence, pervasive drug content and language, nudity and sexuality | See all certifications »

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2 November 2007 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,564,853 (UK) (16 November 2007)

Gross:

$130,127,620 (USA) (25 January 2008)
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Trivia

This is Ridley Scott & Denzel Washington first film collaboration together. Ironically, Washington did five film collaborations with Ridley's late younger brother Tony Scott. See more »

Goofs

When the federal agents leave Roberts' office, after warning him about the contract out on him, one agent puts his hat on. After a cutaway shot, the same agent puts his hat on again. See more »

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[first lines]
Bumpy Johnson: Happy Thanksgiving!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits, Frank Lucas approaches the camera and fires one shot from a pistol directly at the audience. See more »

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Referenced in Film 2015: Episode dated 10 December 2014 (2014) See more »

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No Shoes
(1960)
Written by John Lee Hooker
Published by Conrad Music
Performed by John Lee Hooker
Courtesy of Vee-Jay Ltd. Partnership
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Surprisingly Coherent
26 October 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Watch American Gangster without preconceived ideas. While the film is long it never drags. You don't get the sense that you've seen this movie before. It's not Serpico. It's not The Wire. It's not The Sopranos. While much is going on, the story is easy to follow. There is action, but this isn't an "action movie".

Both Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe act convincingly and give depth to their characters.

The film leaves you wanting to know more about about happened to the lead characters. You care about them that much. Now *that's* film making.


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