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American Gangster (2007) Movie Information

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439

Avg. Rating:

2.97/4

# of Ratings:

456

Genres:

Crime, Drama

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

11/02/2007

DVD Release:

02/19/2008

Director:

Ridley Scott

Actors:

Denzel Washington
Russell Crowe
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Josh Brolin
Carla Gugino

 

 

 

 

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Based on a true story about a gangster who smuggles in drugs in the coffins of dead Vietnam soldiers while a detective tries to track him down.

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donkeyknight 05/03/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
1.5/4 

A charismatic monster is still a monster. It doesn't matter how many people remain silent. It doesn't matter if you like him and want to have a drink with him. Interesting story but hated the coda of this movie.

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mitchellyoung 09/15/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3/4 

Director Ridley Scott masterfully recreates the time period of the story he is telling with tremendous accuracy. I wish the story had gone a little deeper emotionally, but as far as telling a straightforward crime story, it's pretty slick.

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GGauthier 10/27/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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2.5/4 

Nice movie. Nice story. Nothing great happends, except a couple of scenes where DW wants to deliver an Al Pacino scene yelling and getting cranky. He doesn't, but firstly because of the lack of heart and passion in this movie. Sadly to say, The Scott's bros. are starting to look more like each other. And sadly, is not happening that the worst is looking like the best. Oh well...

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  KingInTheNorth
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07/18/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

American Gangster

This movie is not like other Ridley Scott movies. Neither Sci-Fi nor drama/action. This time he tried crime. And it totally worked. He chose a damn good script a great cast and a good crew.
The cinematography is astonishing it looked damn real. The production design and the costumes were great either. It was fitting perfect. Russell Crowe finally gives a great performance again and Denzel is just as always perfect. The rest of the cast is great too. Especially the mother of Frank Lucas (I don't know the name of the actress)
Ridley Scott took his job very serious again, and makes the movie look more perfect. The movie gets even better because it is based on a true story. That all makes more interesting. The final showdown was a bit outrages I think but still this is a great movie ...

Rating of
3.5/4 

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  Daniel Corleone
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12/17/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

American Gangster review

"You can be successful and have enemies or you can be unsuccessful and have friends." - mafia boss Dominic Cattano (Armand Assante). There are times when Awards bodies don't give sufficient recognition to powerful, well crafted and lifelike films. This picture unfortunately falls under that presumption. having a copy of the alternate ending makes you appreciate the different ideas for the ending (and which is more effective). A real story focused on Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington), a right-hand man of mob boss Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson (Clarence Williams III). Honest Newark detective Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) is hated by his colleagues and vows to get rid of police corruption. Nicky Barnes (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) is a criminal who has dreams while Nick Trupo (Josh Brolin) have inte...

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4/4 

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  Lee
Lee
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11/05/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Good true to life story not much fabrication here!

Personally i think that director Marty Scorcese is the king of this genre however will have to admit that Ridley Scott did a fine job here, alleviating from his usual sci-fi genre that he also directs so well. American Gangster is the rags to riches story of fomrer drug king pen during the 70's Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington). After being a driver for 15 years for then Harlem king pin Bumpy Johnson (Clarence Williams III) Bumpy dies leaving Lucas to take over his business . In a rather ballsy movie, he decides to eliminate the middle man (the mob) and buy the drugs from the war torn country of Vietnam himself. Now i personally have watched a load of films on drug trade and trafficking, usually finding a majoirty of them quite cool and somewhat fascinating, however there is nothing cool ...

Rating of
3/4 

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