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American Gangster (2007)

American Gangster

Overview


Genre

Drama, Action

Release Date

November 02, 2007

MPAA Rating

R

Studio

Universal Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Ridley Scott

Producer

Brian Grazer, Ridley Scott

Screenwriter

Steve Zaillian

Starring

Story


Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Brian Grazer, Steve Zaillian and Ridley Scott team to tell the true juggernaut success story of a cult hero from the streets of 1970s Harlem in "American Gangster."

Nobody used to notice Frank Lucas (Oscar® winner Washington), the quiet driver to one of the inner city's leading black crime bosses. But when his boss suddenly dies, Frank exploits the opening in the power structure to build his own empire and create his own version of the American Dream. Through ingenuity and a strict business ethic, he comes to rule the inner-city drug trade, flooding the streets with a purer product at a better price. Lucas outplays all of the leading crime syndicates and becomes not only one of the city's mainline corrupters, but part of its circle of legit civic superstars.

Richie Roberts (Oscar® winner Crowe) is an outcast cop close enough to the streets to feel a shift of control in the drug underworld. Roberts believes someone is climbing the rungs above the known Mafia families and starts to suspect that a black power player has come from nowhere to dominate the scene. Both Lucas and Roberts share a rigorous ethical code that sets them apart from their own colleagues, making them lone figures on opposite sides of the law. The destinies of these two men will become intertwined as they approach a confrontation where only one of them can come out on top.

Washington ("Training Day") and Crowe ("Gladiator") lead a spectacular cast of accomplished and rising stars--including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Josh Brolin, Armand Assante, RZA, John Ortiz, John Hawkes and Ted Levine in this blistering tale of a true American entrepreneur directed by Oscar® nominee Ridley Scott ("Gladiator") and produced by Academy Award® winner Brian Grazer ("A Beautiful Mind") and Scott from a screenplay by Academy Award® winner Steve Zaillian ("Schindler's List").

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PREMIERE PHOTO

Ridley Scott
American Gangster New York Premiere - Arrivals
Oct 19, 2007
Russell Crowe
"American Gangster" Industry Screening - Arrivals
Oct 29, 2007

REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..a rip-snortin' tough-guy movie: the action's exciting violence shocks, its posturing amuses, and it's never less than seat-edge suspenseful..”
by Bob Strauss [LA Daily News]
“..What "American Gangster" lacks is the ruthless crime lord its title promises..”
by Bruce Newman [San Jose Mercury News]
“..already looking like a major awards contender..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]