American Gangster

American Gangster

DVD - 2008
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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. He does so by buying heroin directly from a source in South East Asia. 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. Richie Roberts is a dedicated and honest policeman who heads up a joint narcotics task force with the Federal government. Based on a true story.

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lasertravis Feb 09, 2014

Very good true life gangster/crime drama. Familiar storyline, but well acted and excels as a period piece. Gritty and at times violent. Moves at a fairly slow pace overall, but never seemed overlong or boring. This film does have a LONG runtime, so keep that in mind before you watch it.

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neonkc
Aug 03, 2013

very good

Green_Bird_203 Jun 08, 2012

I expected much better from this casting and director. Dull story line.

jlazcan Oct 29, 2011

This is a good movie based on a criminal kingpin Frank Lucas who took over the east coast heroin market in the 1970s. The movie is well written, acted and filmed using a big budget. It is an entertaining popcorn movie that has an interesting story to tell. If you liked "Donnie Brasco" or "Good Fellas" you will probably enjoy this movie.

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tj_is_cool
Sep 20, 2011

Gangster movie. Good ending.

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mbazal
Jun 15, 2010

This was such a great movie based on a true story. The action was great and both Crowe and Washington gave an amazing performance! I highly recommend this movie!

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RipRogers
Feb 07, 2010

excellent performance and story. the heroin underworld

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inescudna24
Dec 08, 2009

A very well made on all accounts about the story of frank lucas and his rise to power as a drug lord and the dedicated cop Richie roberts who lost almost everything just to bring him down.

The films contains some very good action moments....a decent story line and some strong characters but the film suffers from dull performances from the two leads whom we have seen better in other films and a story line that has be seen in so many other movies of the opast thirty years.

Good effort but i expected much better especially from russell crowe, denzel washington and its director ridley scott

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joseph
Dec 29, 2008

American Gangster (2007) 176 min. starring Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington in this true story of Frank Lucas, the first African American crime boss to give the Italian mafia a run for their money. The film takes a while to set the plot in motion introducing and developing the many characters - it actually meanders a little in the first hour, which is the reason for 3 stars (good) instead of 3.5 (must see). But once it gets going, there is something special here. Both Crowe and Denzel are a delight to watch as usual. I particularily loved the scene when they actually meet - two superstar actors sizing each other up with a smile - pure genius on the director's part (Ridley Scott). This picture garnered two Oscar nominations in 2008 - one for Supporting Actress (Rudy Dee) and another for Art Direction.

Anitka Mar 27, 2008

Great ,based on the true story movie. Higly recommended.

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mbazal
Jun 15, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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mbazal
Jun 15, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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mbazal
Jun 15, 2010

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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corydee2
Mar 24, 2008

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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corydee2
Mar 24, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Mar 07, 2011

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mbazal
Jun 15, 2010

Director Ridley Scott spins this yarn concerning a Harlem drug kingpin 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, 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 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 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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mbazal
Jun 15, 2010

"Good work Frank. You... want a drink or something? Celebrate?" - Detective Richie Roberts
"You got any holy water?" - Frank Lucas

"Success. It's got enemies. You can be successful and have enemies or you can be unsuccessful and have friends." - Dominic Cattano

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