American Gangster

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Overview

Director Ridley Scott spins this yarn concerning a Harlem drug kingpin Denzel Washington who smuggles heroin into the country by hiding it in the bodies of U.S. soldiers killed during battle in Vietnam. There was a time when no one noticed reserved driver Frank Lucas Washington, but when the criminal kingpin he was charged with transporting through the city streets suddenly dies, Lucas seizes the opportunity to build his own criminal empire. In the following months, Lucas solidifies his status as Harlem's most ...
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Overview

Director Ridley Scott spins this yarn concerning a Harlem drug kingpin Denzel Washington who smuggles heroin into the country by hiding it in the bodies of U.S. soldiers killed during battle in Vietnam. There was a time when no one noticed reserved driver Frank Lucas Washington, but when the criminal kingpin he was charged with transporting through the city streets suddenly dies, Lucas seizes the opportunity to build his own criminal empire. In the following months, Lucas solidifies his status as Harlem's most innovative drug dealer by delivering a product that is purer than the competitors' and cheaper, as well. When innovative businessman Lukas attempts to go semi-legit by becoming one of the Manhattan borough's biggest civil supporters, however, street-savvy outcast cop Ritchie Roberts Russell Crowe begins to sense a sizable shift in the hierarchy of the drug underworld. But Roberts is one of the few honest detectives operating within a corrupt system, and as he sets out to investigate the case, crooked detective Trupo Josh Brolin does everything in his power to compromise the integrity of his idealistic counterpart. Upon clearing all of the usual Mafia-connected suspects, Roberts begins to believe that a previously unknown black power player has come out of the woodwork to dominate the local drug trade. While Roberts and Lucas may be operating on opposite sides of the law, the one thing that both men have in common is a strict code of ethics that separates them from their opportunistic colleagues. Now, as a confrontation between the two men becomes inevitable and the fate of each becomes inexorably tied to the other, it gradually becomes apparent that only one of them will emerge from the conflict victorious.
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Special Features

Unrated Extended Version; ; Original Extended Version; ; Includes Feature Commentary with Director Ridley Scott and Writer Steven Zaillian
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The difference between early Ridley Scott, like The Duellists and Alien and late-period Ridley Scott, like Black Rain and Hannibal, is the difference between "stylish" and "slick." In the former, the look of a film -- the photography, the art direction, the costuming -- is as much the subject of the film as whatever the story happens to be. In the latter, all the emphasis on surface things only underscores the fact that there is nothing going on at the heart of the films. American Gangster is a welcome return to the "stylish" Ridley Scott. Unlike Matchstick Men or Black Hawk Down, American Gangster feels like an impersonal work for the director, and in this case that is a very good thing. Scott allows his remarkably gifted collaborators -- cinematographer Harris Savides, editor Pietro Scalia, and screenwriter Steven Zaillian -- to do what they do best and simply uses his own skills to keep everything moving along in a solid, professional way. Though they are kept apart for the vast majority of the film's 160-minute running time, Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe carry their respective sections of the flick with movie-star ease. As larger-than-life criminal mastermind Frank Lucas, Washington gets to utilize his formidable charm while only once falling into the overacting that afflicts him on occasion when playing outright bad guys. As the ethically pure cop out to bring Frank down, Crowe offers his nearly patented brand of brooding physicality. There is nothing new about these characters, or in the film as a whole, but the solidly structured story draws parallels between the two men -- playing up the old "bad guy isn't so bad" and the "good guy isn't so good" themes that might seem incredibly tired in the hands of lesser actors and filmmakers. An end-of-film decision by Frank softens the film a great deal; this is, after all, Hollywood product, and it would be unacceptable to not like both the leads, but seeing as nothing that has come before indicates anyone was aiming for art, this twist can be forgiven. American Gangster is nothing more or less than product, sure to satisfy those who need a genre fix.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/2009
  • UPC: 025195055703
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Uncensored / Subtitled / Edited / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 22,297

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Denzel Washington Frank Lucas
Russell Crowe Richie Roberts
Chiwetel Ejiofor Huey Lucas
Cuba Gooding Jr. Nicky Barnes
Josh Brolin Det. Trupo
Ted Levine Lou Toback
Armand Assante Dominic Cattano
Clarence Williams III Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson
John Ortiz Javier J. Rivera
John Hawkes Freddie Spearman
RZA Moses Jones
Lymari Nadal Eva
Yul Vázquez Alfonse Abruzzo
Ruby Dee Mama Lucas
Idris Elba Tango
Carla Gugino Laurie Roberts
Joe Morton Charlie Williams
Common Turner Lucas
Jon Polito Rossi
Kevin Corrigan Campizi
Roger Guenveur Smith Nate
Malcolm Goodwin Jimmy Zee
Ric Young Chinese General
Roger Bart U.S. Attorney
Tip "T.I." Harris Stevie Lucas
KaDee Strickland Richie's Attorney
Ruben Santiago-Hudson Doc
Norman Reedus Detective in Morgue
J. Kyle Manzay Dexter Lucas
Warner Miller Melvin Lucas
Albert Jones Terrence Lucas
Hamilton Clancy Seller
Technical Credits
Ridley Scott Director, Producer
Sarah Bowen Co-producer
Michael Costigan Executive Producer
Jonathan Filley Co-producer
Brian Grazer Producer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Nicholas Lundy Art Director
Branko Lustig Executive Producer
Arthur Max Production Designer
Kathy Nelson Musical Direction/Supervision
Nicholas Pileggi Executive Producer
Darin John Rivetti Asst. Director
William Sarokin Sound/Sound Designer
Harris Savides Cinematographer
Pietro Scalia Editor
Karen Kehela Sherwood Executive Producer
Marc Streitenfeld Score Composer
Jim Whitaker Executive Producer
Janty Yates Costumes/Costume Designer
Steven Zaillian Executive Producer, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- American Gangster
1. What's Wrong With America [6:47]
2. You've Been Served [3:03]
3. Tampering With Evidence [4:15]
4. Into the Jungle [5:41]
5. Kill Or Be Killed [1:53]
6. Blue Magic [3:59]
9. Frank's Place [5:13]
7. New Offensive [5:46]
8. Big Money [:50]
10. Old Friends [3:56]
11. Business Is Booming [2:18]
12. Special Invitations [1:19]
13. Family Operated [1:50]
14. On The Take [4:26]
15. Ain't Gonna Run [3:02]
17. Search And Seizure [2:15]
16. Success Has Enemies [:37]
18. Out At Home [1:45]
19. Turning Evidence [1:31]
20. End Titles [2:17]
1. What's Wrong With America [6:47]
2. You've Been Served [3:03]
3. Tampering With Evidence [4:15]
4. Into the Jungle [5:41]
5. Kill Or Be Killed [:26]
6. Blue Magic [3:59]
7. New Offensive [5:46]
8. Big Money [:50]
9. Frank's Place [5:13]
10. Old Friends [3:56]
11. Business Is Booming [2:18]
12. Special Investigations [1:19]
13. Family Operated [:21]
14. On The Take [4:26]
15. Ain't Gonna Run [3:02]
16. Success Has Enemies [:19]
17. Search And Seizure [2:15]
18. Out At Home [1:45]
19. Turning Evidence [1:31]
20. End Titles [1:43]
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    the things u learn from dvd's

    what a great movie. i dont know how many times i have watched it (more than 5 if u count cable tv). i never knew this person even existed til i looked more n2, american gangsster here is a good movie 2 watch. <BR/><BR/>it begins by telling of ellssworth "bumpy" johnson (clarence williams). hes an intellgent black gangster who runs alot of harlem. he teaches his right hand man frank lucas (denzel washngton)about life. as the movie continues bumpy dies from a heart attack & guess who now is the boss? from there it tells of frank lucas life as a leader begins & is good ntil the end. if i am not mistaken the real frank lucas is still alive 2day. <BR/><BR/>russell crow ---- what a good comback. he plays richie roberts, a nrwaek, nj detective, whos takin law classes at night. he has personal problems of his own but doesnot let that stop him from capturin frank (& he does a good job). <BR/><BR/>i cant 4get there is a great role played by the legendary Ruby Dee. when they chose her, they chose the right person 4 that part.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Denzel Washington

    This was so diffent role for Denzel....but a very good movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Superb Film That Exceeds Expectations

    This viewer rented the DVD form of AMERICAN GANGSTER, having passed it by in the theatrical run, thinking that it was yet another 'crime and corruption in New York' genre film. It was surprising to discover that this very long film (just under three hours in the Unrated version) is completely riveting and in a way far different than the usual gangster film: this story, based on real people as outlined in an article by Mark Jacobson (transformed for the screen by Steven Zaillian), and while it has its share of grisly killings, it seems more concerned with the issues of integrity in the face of police corruption as embodied in the character of Richie Roberts, the etiology of the heroin use escalation following the Vietnam War, and the presence of a 'Black Mafia' lead by one Frank Lucas. It is delivered with compelling gusto and intelligence by director Ridley Scott and has some of the best acting of the year. In other words, this is not a film to be lightly dismissed as a Hollywood retread, but instead it is a tense drama with many very fine points. Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) follows the footsteps of his idol Bumpy (Clarence Williams III) who 'ran' the Harlem streets, and when Bumpy dies, Lucas inherits his mantle. Lucas is wise, cunning, a gentleman, a powerhouse of ideas, and quickly finds a way to bring the best uncut heroin from the Far East to the streets of New York at a price that undercuts the other mobsters' product. To establish his control he enlists his family, including his brother Huey (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and rapidly becomes the kingpin of the streets. Simultaneously within the NYPD we meet Detective Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) whose personal life is a mess but who, with his partner Lou (Ted Levine) discovers corruption in the NYPD and more particularly the Drug Enforcement sector of the police: Detective Trupo (Josh Brolin) works with the existing drug lords, grabs their drugs and money and then recycles both to his benefit. During a particular drug bust, Richie and Lou discover a stash of nearly a million dollars and turn the money into the police - a deed that makes the duo seem foolish and lose the respect of their fellow cops but establishes Roberts as a man who is committed to being a good detective. From these two separate studies the film weaves the development of each character and the interaction between Roberts and Lucas we know will take place. The end result may be known to those who followed the story as it developed in the 1970s, but for those for whom this true story is new information, the resolution of the film is fast-paced, thrilling, illuminating, and just plain fine cinema. Both Washington and Crowe are in peak form, as are those in the many small roles (Ruby Dee, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin, Lymari Nadal, Carla Gugino, Cuba Gooding etc). This is more of a drama than an action film and while many may feel the final moments of the movie are weak, they do reveal the true ending of the story and say a lot about the narrow line between crime and criminal investigation. This is one of Ridley Scott's most successful films and one that will be around for many years as a model for the medium. Grady Harp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Definite Owner

    American Gangster is a gripping drama that captures the attention of the viewer very easily. It follows the life of Frank Lucas, a big time drug dealer in New York during the 1960's. It has a lot of action and violence that makes the movie more suspenseful. The acting in this movie is phenominal. It has an all-star cast headlined by Denzel Washington and Russel Crowe. The movie is pretty long, but you will not be dissapointed with one minute of the movie, American Gangster.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Film

    I thought it was a great film top to bottom. It was very riveting, as the character of Frank Lucas had real dynamism from Washington as the dope-trafficker phenomenon of Harlem that sank it into pitiful conditions. Russell Crowe had a comeback as well as the tough, subverting agent of corrupt police, judges, and drug pushers. While I may discredit the more glamorized versions of what they portray as the drug life, I thought the history of the New York drug culture was amazingly accurate and showed a spotlight on a period in America we rather ignore.

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