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American Gangster (2007)

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An outcast New York City cop is charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, whose real life inspired this partly biographical film.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frank Lucas
... Richie Roberts
... Huey Lucas
... Detective Trupo
... Eva
... Lou Toback
... Nate
... Freddie Spearman
... Moses Jones
... Alfonse Abruzzo
... Jimmy Zee
... Mama Lucas
... Doc
... Laurie Roberts
Skyler Fortgang ... Michael Roberts
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Storyline

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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,565,135, 4 November 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$130,164,645

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$266,465,037
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Trivia

Former DEA agents Jack Toal, Gregory Korniloff, and Louis Diaz filed a lawsuit against Universal Pictures, saying that the events in the film were fictionalized, and that the film defamed them and hundreds of other agents. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed, since it technically failed to show anyone identifiable as a DEA agent. See more »

Goofs

Many of the movie's Harlem street scenes feature modern spray-painted graffiti tags, and some much larger "pieces," that would not have existed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It appears to be a common problem for movie producers filming period pieces. See more »

Quotes

[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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Why Don't We Do It in the Road
(1968)
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Published by Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Performed by Lowell Fulson
Courtesy of Jewel-Paula Recording
By Arrangement with Fuel 2000 Records Inc.
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Surprisingly Coherent
26 October 2007 | by 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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