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American Gangster
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7.8 IMDB rating

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Denzel Washington Denzel Washington
Frank Lucas
Russell Crowe Russell Crowe
Richie Roberts
Chiwetel Ejiofor Chiwetel Ejiofor
Huey Lucas
Josh Brolin Josh Brolin
Detective Trupo
Ted Levine Ted Levine
Lou Toback
John Hawkes John Hawkes
Freddie Spearman


Written by
Steven Zaillian Steven Zaillian
(written by)
Mark Jacobson Mark Jacobson


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oscar worthy

12 years, 8 months ago at Nov 13 4:32
2 votes
Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe star in "American Gangster" the the movie about the rise and fall of Frank Lucas a herion dealer who buys right from the source. Russell Crowe plays Ritchie Roberts the cop that brought down Frank Lucas. "American Gangster" follows in the tradition of Martin Scorsese's earlier work in "GoodFellas","The Departed",and "casino". "American Gangster" opens with Frank... read more

An amazing crime drama!

12 years, 2 months ago at May 12 7:30
1 vote
"Frank Lucas is the most dangerous man walking the streets of our city."

American Gangster is another film of 2007 that separates the audiences who seek rubbish blockbusters (like Transformers, Spider-Man 3, etc) and those who seek fine filmmaking no matter how slowly the film is paced. To like this film, you must be part of the latter.

Ridley Scott's latest director... read more

Tells it like it is!

12 years, 6 months ago at Jan 20 15:45
1 vote
Every bit as good as I anticipated. Doesn't showboat like some of the great crime films that came before it, it just tells it like it is. Crowe and Washington bring it big time!
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Description: 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. Ba ... (more)
Release date: 2 November 2007
Tags: Crime (33), Drama (30), Drugs (19), Mafia (19), 2007 (19), Gangster (17), Biography (14), Cops (10), 2000s (10), New York (9), Organized Crime (9), Murder (8), Suicide (8), True Story (8), (8), History (6), Historical (6), NYC (6), Bio (5), Chases (5)
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American Gangster

“Big, perfunctory, and obviously reaching for the lofty heights of Martin Scorsese’s gangster epics or Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather series, American Gangster is the bloated sight of a former master coasting. Here is a wannabe prestige epic about a real-life figure that coasts along an unearned sense of import without providing any memorable images or excavation of its characters moral weight. There are bland poses made towards trying to contort Frank Lucas into a symbol of upward mobility and American “can-do” spirit but contrasting him with Richie Roberts just unintentionally glamorizes the gangster to the point that his violence becomes defanged.   Hell, I just watched American Gangster and I’m having a hard time conjuring much of it back up in my memory. Ridley Scott cir” read more

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