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Academy Award winners Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe team with director Ridley Scott (Gladiator) for an epic story as powerful as it is true. Armed with ruthless, street-wise tactics and a strict sense of honor, crime boss Frank Lucas (Washington) rules Harlem's chaotic drug underworld. When outcast cop Richie Roberts (Crowe) sets out to bring down Lucas's multi-million dollar empire, it plunges both men into a legendary confrontation. American Gangster is "a brutal and brilliant film" (Pete Hammond, Maxim)
Ridley Scott puts on his "sweeping saga" gameface again, this time not for the sci-fi vistas of Blade Runner or the ancient world of Gladiator but for an urban epic. American Gangster gives the story of Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington), a real-life Harlem crime lord who built an empire on Southeast Asian heroin in the 1970s. Running parallel to Lucas's somewhat standard story is the investigation led by a persistent New Jersey cop, Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe). Roberts is a more interesting character than Lucas--too honest for his own good, unlucky in his personal life--and this kind of character, easily patronized by others, fits Crowe like a polyester shirt. Scott's tendency to hit his points square on the noggin is much in evidence here, including the typecasting of the supporting roles and the predictable Serpico atmosphere of the whole thing. (And speaking of supporting actors, the film needs more Chiwetel Ejiofor, whose role as a Lucas sidekick feels cut down.) It succeeds as a kind of chewy entertainment, fueled by the presence of two big stars working their muscles. Both Washington and Crowe look pretty brawny here. --Robert Horton
Stills from American Gangster (Click for larger image)
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I have watched this movie two times to give it a fair shot, and honestly I think it is long, drags on, and rather boring.Published 22 days ago by DebC
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|incldues rated version as in theaters?||
Yes, it has both versions.
Feb 4, 2008 by DeAd MiKe | See all 2 posts
|American Gangster the 3 disc version. I have a Question????||
check out this site: http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/conte
it has a good description of the different versions. from what i gather the unrated version is on both the 2 and 3 disc editions and is 19 minutes longer with an alternate ending.
Feb 18, 2008 by J. Ancevicius | See all 3 posts
A complete re-edit of the film.
Feb 18, 2008 by Theo Canius | See all 2 posts
|2 disc vs. 3 disc||
Deleted Scenes including an ALTERNATE OPENING
Fallen Empire: Making of American Gangster
Case Files: Behind-the-scenes segments reveal how the art of collaboration brings the film's script to life.
Commentary with director Ridley Scott and writer Steven Zaillian
3-Disc... Read More
Feb 2, 2008 by DeAd MiKe | See all 3 posts
|question about 2 disc version||
The discs are single sided.
Feb 21, 2008 by Movie Fan | See all 3 posts
|Difference between 2 disk and 3 disk versions||Be the first to reply|