Gangs of New York VHS
This motion picture event from acclaimed director Martin Scorsese earned 10 Academy Award(R) nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor, along with 5 Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Song! Leonardo DiCaprio (TITANIC), Cameron Diaz (CHARLIE'S ANGELS), and Daniel Day-Lewis (THE BOXER) star in this epic tale of vengeance and survival! As waves of immigrants swell the population of New York, lawlessness and corruption thrive in lower Manhattan's Five Points section. After years of incarceration, young Irish immigrant Amsterdam Vallon (DiCaprio) returns seeking revenge against the rival gang leader (Day-Lewis) who killed his father. But Amsterdam's personal vendetta becomes part of the gang warfare that erupts as he and his fellow Irishmen fight to carve a place for themselves in their newly adopted homeland!
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into Ellis Island. He was alone and only 16 years old. New York was such a mess he headed to the West. He ended up in Nebraska
and became a very successful farmer and raised seven children. The Irish were strong and so were the Italians, Germans, French
and others who came from Europe. They were the founders of our great nation who sweat and bleed to build this country. They came because of the freedom of......religion, speech and land available for everyone. Opportunity was the gift of America.
The depiction of brutality and corruption that was the hallmark of the Tammany Hall era of NY politics is portrayed with breathtaking and gut wrenching Shakesperian eloquence.
The comparison to Shakespeare may seem to be a contradiction in terms, and yet it is possible to achieve with the collaborative efforts of a stellar cast, director and writers. It is technically flawless accompanied by a riveting soundtrack; and one would expect nothing less than a Martin Scorsese production wherein every detail is given it's due in minutiae.
New York was a city of immigrants since the Dutch founding, made only worse when the British took over control and the city grew large enough to develop its harbor and immigrants came. The British never did like the Irish and the feelings were mutual. The Irish resented the British continued control over them even in America. Thus the violent street gangs that thrived on revenge and extreme violence. Day-Lewis' role as Bill the Butcher, in mannerisms, emotion and physical appearance rules this movie. Bill the Butcher is frightening to just look at, with his demonic smirk and that glass eye that just doesn't quite look at you.
The cinematography and costumes are both well done. The movie was filmed in Rome and it does have a studio effect with its high definition shots and computer graphics. Fight scenes are quite bloody, but sometimes it's obvious that the bricks the rioters are throwing are painted styrofoam because bricks don't bounce when thrown.
Violence aside, what forces me to take away a star is director Scorsese moving away from historical facts. Bill the Butcher was killed in 1855, long before the Civil War and draft riots. I'd like to have seen more focus on Boss Tweed and the political ramifications of Tammany Hall.
It's still a good movie with convincing acting by everyone involved. Just be prepared for a lot of violence over almost three hours.
Echoes of the nativist strains that still exist today, with a touch of political chicanery thanks to Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall, and an additional touch of local color thanks to Barnum's Museum of Wonders.
Each of the character roles was pretty well written and the acting was great.
As we know a lot about the actual history of New York including the Irish gangs and Tammany hall "BOSS Tweed" this did not portray the history of the gangs or the extreme politics of the time. Brushed over the "machine politics",
There were also problems were in editing and over writing -- some parts should have just been left on the floor rather than wind up in the movie. they did not play a real role in the movie. It is as if they wanted to produce a very long movie and used things that were not really necessary.
The design and set really put one into the mid 1800s and were wonderfully created.
LOVED the BIG 6 portrayal (if you do not know what this was I am not going to tell as we cannot stand movie information spoilers.
Good job describing the 5 points district in Manhattan, but .a little off in the timing of the tenements and Tweeds control should have been much stronger at the time (if he was not already in jail at the time). The triangular building was down in 1832 so another problem with timing in the movie.
Decent portrayal of the crime infested slum though.
Should have included at least one character of outstanding (non violent non criminal) behavior.
The riots were very well done (those parts were five stars)
Overall, recommend this movie.
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