In the god-forsaken district of early-1860's Lower Manhattan known as the Five Points, the vicious Nativist, Bill "The Butcher" Cutting, is the supreme overlord of an area riddled with crime, prostitution, theft and murder, as the American Civil War still rages on. Sixteen whole years after the brutal murder of his father from Bill's blood-stained hands, an orphaned Irish-American, Amsterdam Vallon, returns to this melting pot of corruption to avenge his untimely death; however, a lot has changed since then. Who can remember the once innocent boy and now a young man bent on revenge, who works his way up to the hierarchy of Five Points? Will Amsterdam ever taste the dangerous but sweet fruit of retribution?Written by
During filming Daniel Day-Lewis talked with his film accent during the entire time of production, even when he was not on the set. See more »
During the opening battle scene, just before Bill walks out, trees can be seen in the background. These trees subsequently disappear a few minutes later when the shot cranes up after the battle. See more »
[as an anti-draft riot takes place]
Sweet Jesus, war does terrible things to people.
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Noises from the modern day New York streets play over the second half of the closing credits. See more »
Scorsese's original cut of the film was 216 minutes (3 hours & 36 minutes) long. See more »
Another great by Scorsese. Daniel Day Lewis does a fantastic job as usual.
One of the last truly great historical epics I can think of boosted by one of the all time anti hero performances by Lewis and a solid badass role by Leo. While not the most historically accurate film it does the period justice and gave them the epic they deserved.
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