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on January 1, 2015
Denzel Washington's performance in this movie was quite an eye opener. His performance as Frank Lucas was just as powerful as his performance as Alonzo the corrupt cop in Training Day. Although the characters are different, the acting was brilliant, insightful, well thought out and wonderfully played on screen. As I watched this movie, I was completed captivated by the action, drama and the plot as it moved along.

Although this movie has violence throughout, it was necessary to explain Frank Lucas' world. The title of the movie lets you know that violence is apart of the Gangster world. Watching this movie, I saw difference facets of Frank Lucas all played wonderfully by Denzel Washington. There was the ruthless and cold Frank Lucas who would shoot you in a heartbeat if you didn't pay up. The good son who bought his mother a house so she and his family could live in. The humanitarian who helped to feed the poor. You would think gangsters are just cold, ruthless, heartless people but Frank Lucas had heart.
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on September 11, 2011
I don't mean that I like the movie 20%, ABSOLUTELY NOT! This is a great gangster movie mixed with drama and emotion! I only gave my review that title because of how Denzel's character takes over the territory and whacks out the previous gangster who held it over 20%!! Wow!
Never get to cocky when a man has a gun to your head!

I am a fan of the good old mafia movies, but this movie is slightly different in the sense that Denzel's character has to climb his way to the top of the crime world, but the most enjoyable things about this movie is that it shows even the hardest of criminals as real people with real problems that you can't help find yourself sympathizing with! Yet there iso ne scene where I couldn't help find myself hating Denzel's character where there is an ODed woman on the bed an baby sitting next to her crying... scared because mommy isn't moving anymore!!

Not too much blood, gore and murder in this one for a gangster movie, but there are a lot of graphic drug abuse scenes that really made me cringe! (I'm the type of person that isn't really bothered with blood and gore scenes, yet these made me cringe). A pretty graphic nudity scene in there too with the ladies working on processing the heroin! But, the rating on the movie should be a clear warning to all, and now you know what to watch out for.

A very touching story, even more so because it is based on true events that took place! Definitely worth adding to your mafia / gangster movie collection.
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on February 20, 2015
American Gangster presents the rare combination of a highly-compelling story line, that also happens to be true.. Denzel Washington and Russel Crowe do a masterful job portraying the gritty lives both men experienced while playing a part in one of the wildest drug kingpin stories you have likely ever heard.

I have seen this movie three times, and each time provides me with additional nuance and subtlety to the story I did not pick up originally. I cannot recommend this movie enough.
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on February 6, 2017
Arrived on time and thanks again I love true story movies...
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on February 6, 2016
One of my favorite movies and favorite based on a true story, Denzel play's a great role and pulls it off with amazing acting, from a young man to a older one. Russell Crowe is just as amazing in his role these two really make the movie but it has a great cast of characters. It's almost impossible to only watch it once I've seen it over 10x. All around great acting and directing. DON'T RENT IT YOUR GONNA WATCH IT AGAIN AND AGAIN!
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on August 19, 2012
Contains powerful portrayal and keen incite into the motivation and method of one of the key figures in the drugging of the United States. Sufficient detail to include associations and affiliations; more than adequate portrayal of the corruption necessary to support the venture. Fast paced and sufficiently graphic. Could have had a little more depth in the way terror and brutality were used to destroy the lives of anyone, who might not be corruptible but otherwise conveyed the employ of these methods in such manner as to suggest that they were not exclusive to the sewer one would expect them to be used in. Liked the product of society theme and that anyone who rationally chose to follow the path was evil, such as officials at all levels of government. The leaf floating in the currents, a product of the two banks that define the flow. In the end, back on the street, empty: Pockets and Soul.
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on December 25, 2014
Quick Story blurb: Frank Lucas played by Denzel Washington, builds an empire of drug trade while he is being hunted by narcotics officer Richie Roberts played by Russell Crowe

Denzel was really great as the mob boss. Russell Crowe has played the role of policeman many times and is very good at it.

I like gangster movies and this was another good one to watch. It falls in the same vein as the Godfather movies. This one is different from Godfather of course but it does have the same element of a mob underling rising to the top like Frank Corleon.
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on April 13, 2017
Great film
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on April 21, 2017
my life
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on April 2, 2017
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