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American Gangster

There are two sides to the American dream
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 5 hours, 32 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: September 15, 2009
  • Originally Released: 2007
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
    • Subtitles - English, SDH, Spanish, French
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: Director Ridley Scott and Writer Steven Zaillian

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 963,035
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Something akin to a time warp, stepping back into a time of higher filmmaking integrity and more personal visions. Full Review
The Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
Jun 5, 2019
AMERICAN GANGSTER is meticulous and detailed, a drug-world epic that holds you from moment to moment, immersing you in the intimate and sleazy logistics of crime. -- Grade: B
Entertainment Weekly
Nov 9, 2007
5 stars out of 5 -- Scott brings his stylish shot composition and impeccable eye for detail to the streets of Seventies Harlem, melding his striking visuals with an enthralling story...
Ultimate DVD
Apr 1, 2008
Rating: 3/5 -- Though it's certainly admirable to aim high, it's like Frank Lucas himself says: "Either you're somebody, or you ain't nobody." Unfortunately for American Gangster, it ends up somewhere between the two. Full Review
TheShiznit.co.uk
Nov 3, 2012
[A] finely made and richly satisfying film....[Washington] is always at his best, as he was in the Oscar-winning TRAINING DAY...
Los Angeles Times
Nov 2, 2007
Ranked #6 in Rolling Stone's 10 Best Movies Of 2007 -- Ridley Scott digs into this juicy tale with epic style and wit.
Rolling Stone
Dec 27, 2007
Scott is something of a romantic at heart. His film is nowhere near as jaded or as hard-bitten as the '70s films such as The French Connection or Serpico that it hopes to echo. Full Review
Daily Telegraph (UK)
Nov 16, 2007

Product Description:

British director Ridley Scott may not seem a logical choice for this truly American crime drama, but the filmmaker does an excellent job. The film is based on a true story and set in 1968 Harlem, where Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) is a driver for Bumpy Johnson, one of the top figures in the city's criminal world. When Bumpy dies, Lucas swoops in, taking over his predecessor's empire and expanding it over the next few years with his sale of a particularly potent brand of heroin. Meanwhile, New Jersey cop Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) begins to investigate the New York drug world and discovers that there's a new power in town.

Thanks to screenwriter Steve Zallian, as well as Washington and Crowe, AMERICAN GANGSTER creates a convincing portrait of two men who are neither entirely good nor entirely bad. Washington plays Lucas as a man who buys his mother a palatial home but doesn't hesitate to beat his brother's head against a window. Crowe's Roberts may turn in a million-dollar find, but he cheats on his wife. Sadly, they only meet onscreen toward the end of the film, but the minimal interaction between the two Oscar winners is fascinating. Even though the focus is on Lucas and Roberts, AMERICAN GANGSTER is filled with a wealth of strong characters played by talented actors. It seems everyone with a SAG card turns up for the film, including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin, Ted Levine, John Hawkes, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Carla Gugino, Ruby Dee, Joe Morton, and rappers T.I. and RZA. It's an epic film, with a run time of over two and a half hours, but it's time well spent. Fans of classic crime films such as THE GODFATHER, SERPICO, and CARLITO'S WAY will certainly be pleased by this addition to the genre.

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  • Theatrical Release: November 2, 2007

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  • Sales Rank: 51,435
  • UPC: 025195055703
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