Mr. Untouchable

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As the political revolt, consciousness expansion, and calls for racial equality that dominated the late '60s gave way to the apathy, drug abuse, and materialism that would define much of the 1970s, Nicky Barnes was a man who seemed to symbolize this time all too well. Born and raised in a troubled household, Barnes grew up with few desires other than getting rich, and he did just that. Barnes was a drug dealer who promoted himself as the man with the best heroin and cocaine in New York City, and between 1970 and ...
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Overview

As the political revolt, consciousness expansion, and calls for racial equality that dominated the late '60s gave way to the apathy, drug abuse, and materialism that would define much of the 1970s, Nicky Barnes was a man who seemed to symbolize this time all too well. Born and raised in a troubled household, Barnes grew up with few desires other than getting rich, and he did just that. Barnes was a drug dealer who promoted himself as the man with the best heroin and cocaine in New York City, and between 1970 and 1975 he became the wealthiest and most powerful illegal drug dealer in America. Heading an underground organization known as "The Council," Barnes had a handful of top drug peddlers working under him, and shrewdly aligned himself with Mafia-connected drug importers, cutting out middlemen and offering himself a measure of protection at the same time. The booming market for heroin and cocaine drugs Barnes himself used with enthusiasm made Barnes a multi-millionaire, but as pride comes before a fall, Barnes' certainty that the police could not catch up with him led to his downfall, as one of his underlings unwittingly gave him up to authorities. In time, Barnes went into the FBI's Witness Protection Program and obtained his freedom by informing on the associates who helped make him a success. Barnes co-authored an autobiography in 2007, and filmmaker Marc Levin persuaded Barnes to tell his story on camera though without revealing his face; Levin's interviews formed the basis of Mr. Untouchable, a documentary on Barnes' rise, fall, and disappearance into Middle America. Barnes' story was also featured in another 2007 release, American Gangster, a fact-based drama which portrays both Barnes and another powerful drug kingpin, Frank Lucas.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted interviews, including Nicky Barnes; Deleted audio recordings of Nicky Barnes; Deleted scenes; Wire tap recordings; Nicky Barnes and Frank Lucas: Videotaped phone conversation; Interviews with Damon Dash, Marc Levin (director) & Mary-Jane Robinson (producer)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2008
  • UPC: 876964000963
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Magnolia
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 39,570

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicky Barnes Participant
Leon "Scrap" Batts Participant
Thelma Grant Participant
Joseph "Jazz" Hayden Participant
Jackie Hayden Participant
Carole Hawkins Participant
Frank James Participant
David Breitbart Participant
Don Ferrarone Participant
Louie Diaz Participant
Bobby Nieves Participant
Robert Geronimo Participant
Robert Fiske Jr. Participant
Tom Sear Participant
Benito Romano Participant
Louie Jones Participant
Fred Ferretti Participant
Technical Credits
Marc Levin Director
Henry Adebonojo Cinematographer
Will Albright Associate Producer
Mark Cuban Executive Producer
Alex Gibney Producer
Hi-Tek Score Composer
David Hocs Sound/Sound Designer
Jason Kliot Producer
Emir Lewis Associate Producer, Editor
John McCullough Musical Direction/Supervision
Daniel Praid Editor
Steven Robinson Sound/Sound Designer
Mary-Jane Robinson Producer
J.T. Takagi Sound/Sound Designer
Joana Vicente Producer
Todd Wagner Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mr. Untouchable
1. The Beginning [6:12]
2. Golden Boy [7:08]
3. Superstar [5:02]
4. Acquitted [3:21]
5. Brotherhood [5:08]
6. Giving Back [7:12]
7. Euphoria [6:24]
8. War [6:03]
9. Terminate [10:17]
10. Times [8:42]
11. Trial [3:19]
12. Guilty [5:16]
13. Revenge [2:15]
14. Turned [5:30]
15. Evil Empire [3:16]
16. Changed [6:25]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Mr. Untouchable
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Deleted Scenes
      Deleted Audio Recordings of Nicky Barnes
      Nicky Barnes and Frank Lucas: Videotaped Phone Conversation
      Nicky Barnes and Frank Lucas: Extended Audio of Phone Conversation
      Deleted Interviews
         Play All
         Nicky Barnes
         Benito Romano
         David Breitbart
         Carol Williams
         Don Ferrarone
         Robert Fiske Jr.
         Robert Geronimo
         Jacqueline Hayden
         Jazz
         Larry Gerhold
         Louie Diaz
         Leon Scrap Batts
         Thomas Sear
         Thelma Grant
      Interview With Damon Dash
      Interview With Director, Marc Levin
      Interview With Producer, Mary-Jane Robinson
      Wire Tap Recordings
   Set Up
      Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Audio: 2.0 Dolby Digital
      Spanish Subtitles: On
      Spanish Subtitles: Off
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    TRUE AMERICAN GANGSTER

    "Mr. Untouchable" is the long-overdue documentary on one of America's most notorious organized crime figures. Leroy 'Nicky' Barnes' name has been mentioned for years as a celebrated NYC mobster through street lore, underrepresented in the pop-cultural folklore of celebrated criminals like Al Capone and John Gotti because of his skin color and labeled a menace to society by by the NYPD and FBI.

    This piece strips away the race bias and superfly exaggerated tales by sticking to the facts and interviewing the characters that matter the most, Barnes himself and the people he was directly involved with. Thorough research when into gathering the facts and stories that explained why he was so significant to the New York underworld. This almost comes off as a counter to the mishandled Hollywood fairytale 'American Gangster' which placed Nicky Barnes in a peripheral position as some small-time competitor to Frank Lucas which allegedly was far from the case. This straightens much of the controversy out in painstaking yet engaging detail.

    I highly recommend this for all interested in true crime documentaries (like cable's Gangland series, BET's American Gangster and Cocaine Cowboys) and features like The Godfather, The Wire, The Sopranos, Carlito's Way, New Jack City, Black Ceasar (NJC & BC both based loosely on Barnes life), Donnie Brasco, Paid In Full and others influenced by real events & characters. And Don't miss out the interesting bonus features with further explain some situations.

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