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The American Gangster

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They fixed the World Series. They built Las Vegas. They terrorized America with their vicious murders and fearless robberies. They are men named Bugsy Siegal, Al Capone, John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Lucky Luciano. And, for the first time, THE AMERICAN GANGSTER tells the true story behind their ruthless rise to wealth and power. Filled with vintage film and actual photographs, THE AMERICAN GANGSTER is a gripping look at the birth of organized crime. From prohibition to prostitution, from gangland massacres to gambling empires, their most infamous deeds are chronicled in shocking detail. Even more explosive than the movies they inspired, such as Scarface and The Godfather, are the true histories of the brilliant, brutal gangsters who turned the American Dream into an ongoing nightmare.

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  • Directors: Ben Burtt
  • Writers: Jr. Ray Herbeck
  • Producers: Jr. Ray Herbeck
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00103586C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,059 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The American Gangster" on IMDb

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By Patrick K. Mabry on June 18, 2016
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Should have been better , but for $ 6.00 you get what you pay for . 48 minutes they can barely only touch on some of the major movers and shakers and events in the formation of the National Syndicate , therefore they left out how Luciano and Lansky met . They made errors in some places like Lepke did not run the Garment District for Luciano ,Lepke had his own gang or they said Lucchese and Albert Anastasia were two of the four assassins who killed Maranzano . According to Joe Valachi the killers were all Jewish , thus unknown to Maranzano . Tommy Lucchese was the underboss of an ally of Marazano , and also he was to finger (point out) Maranzano for the assassins . Well I hope Dennis Farina got paid well R.I.P. .
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Excellent on the history of U.S.crime. I found out things I
never knew. Especially interesting is crime in the Al Capone
era and after WW II. I think I shall buy one for my friend in
Texas.
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I absolutely loved this documentary!There is so much information in this film that you can watch it time and time again and pick up more tidbits. There are many photos of Bugsy,Capone,Luciano as well as many others.There is plenty of live footage of court-room drama with Virginia Hill and quotes from the most famous mobsters.This is true American history dating back to the arrival of many European immigrants to Ellis Island,NY.Even the back-round music is great.Dennis Farina's narration is captivating and he is one with first-hand knowledge being an ex Chicago cop for 18 years in the 60's and 70's! I was still processing this documentary for days after viewing it.This would be an invaluable addition to any crime history enthusiast!
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Well made!
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Loved it.
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