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King of New York (Special Edition) R

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 43 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: April 20, 2004
  • Originally Released: 1990
  • Label: Lions Gate
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Digital Dobly 2.0 - English
    • Digital Dolby 5.1 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary
    • Interviews
    • Featurette: NEW YORK 1990: A look at Rap influences on the movie
    • Schooly D Music Video
    • Trailers:
      1. TV Spots
      2. Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus
    • Scene Access

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , , &
Performer: , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Produced by
Director of Photography:

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"I spent half my life in prison. I never got away with anything, and I never killed anybody that didn't...that didn't deserve it."
  - Frank White (Christopher Walken) to Bishop (Victor Argo)

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 24


User Ratings: 21,132
Rating: 3/5 -- Review by Mike Martin - It looks fantastic, and there is an air of real menace to proceedings, but seems to belong to another age somehow. Full Review
Sep 25, 2008
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Ferrara's dangerous vision of the city at night goes beyond what most creampuff directors are capable of; he gets to the core of everything from the silent, dark windows of towering penthouses to the vicious rattling of crime-ridden subways. Full Review
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
A film which, despite splendid location work, lurches sloppily and messily from kill to kill, orgy to orgy, coke to crack, cliché to cliché. Full Review
Time Out
Jun 24, 2006
...Abel Ferrara, director of KING OF NEW YORK is a virtuoso of grunge....Christopher Walken is the ideal actor for Ferrara because he combines an ultra-scary stolidness with balletic grace...
Los Angeles Times
Oct 26, 1990
4 stars out of 5 -- [With] a giant performance from Walken, who turns silence into noise with every icy look.
Oct 1, 2008
...Exhilaratingly nasty....It moves like a bat out of hell...
Film Comment
Jan 1, 1991
Rating: 3/4 -- walken is cool as ever
Apr 24, 2008

Product Description:

Christopher Walken stars as Frank White, an ultracool crime boss, in this moody gem from director Abel Ferrara. Released from a long stint in jail, White rejoins his devoted gang, which includes the trigger-happy Jimmy Jump (Laurence Fishburne), Test Tube (Steve Buscemi), and his attractive attorney girlfriend, Jennifer (Janet Julian). Setting up headquarters in Trump Plaza, they start wiping out members of rival mobs in a bid to take back the streets and indulge in lots of cocaine and sex, but ultimately White has more noble ambitions, such as giving a fortune in drug money to charity. David Caruso, Victor Argo, and Wesley Snipes costar as a group of bitter cops who don't buy Frank's change of heart and decide to go outside the law to take him down. Poetic, sexy, funny, somber, and very violent, this critical hit cemented the rep of Ferrara and has earned a strong cult following. Bozan Bajelli serves as director of the arresting cinematography, which is full of rich shadows and gold, blue, and red hues. For fans of films such as THE GODFATHER and SCARFACE, this is essential viewing.

Plot Synopsis:

In Abel Ferrara's KING OF NEW YORK, drug lord Frank White, recently released from prison, ruthlessly maneuvers to take control of the entire city's drug trade. When the police declare war on the convict, White strikes back by putting a contract out on the cops.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: September 28, 1990 (N.Y.); October 26, 1990 (L.A.).
  • Filmed in New York City.
  • Actor Victor Argo, who plays Roy Bishop, appears in many of director Abel Ferrara's films, including BAD LIEUTENANT, DANGEROUS GAME, and THE FUNERAL. He has appeared in over 60 films throughout his career, including MEAN STREETS, THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST, SMOKE, and GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI.
  • Originally rated X by the MPAA, an appeal brought the rating down to R.
  • Screened at the 1990 Goodwill Film Festival (where the film originally ran 118 minutes), the 1990 Telluride Film Festival, the 1990 New York Film Festival, the 1990 London Film Festival, and the 1990 Cairo International Film Festival, and at the 1991 Mystfest in Cattolica, Italy.
  • Estimated budget $8 million. The entire budget came from Italian, not American, sources, even though the cast and crew were American.

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