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Mr. Untouchable

2007

R CC
4.3 out of 5 stars (27) IMDb 6.7/10

The true-life story of Harlem's notorious Nicky Barnes, a junkie turned multimillionaire drug lord.

Starring:
Leroy 'Nicky' Barnes, Don Ferrarone
Runtime:
1 hour, 31 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Marc Levin
Starring Leroy 'Nicky' Barnes, Don Ferrarone
Supporting actors Thelma Grant, Carol Hawkins-Williams, Joseph Jazz Hayden, Leon Scrap Batts
Studio Magnolia
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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I purchased this along with "Superfly: The Frank Lucas Story" This was a great DVD and brings alot to the table. I saw "American Gangster" and found the subject very interesting yet could not help but feel that I was not getting the "real deal" and only some convoluted Hollywood version of the truth. Like many Hollywood "Based on a True Story" movies, the subjects are interesting in their own right, yet filmmakers feel the need to embellish. I was not there but the people in this DVD were! They all have alot to contribute to this interesting tale. I heard Nicky Barnes interviewed on Howard Stern recently and found him to be a very compelling and interesting person. I can't say that I agree with his choices or lifestyle but his interview and the DVD gave me some very interesting things to think over.
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Mr. Untouchable (2007) tells an interesting Harlem and inner city
story, through the eyes and minds of the most powerful and
influential gang members of the time, now quiet and retired
old-timers. They reminisce on life as it was back in the 1970's
and early 80's, for them, explaining it to the audience in an
understandable and personalized manner, making this film quite
unique.

The ring leader provides a narrative over the entire length of the
movie, a lot of Polaroids, coupled with a remarkable soundtrack
(made up of perhaps over a 100 audio numbers) demonstrating the
vast thought and effort in assembling it. Law enforcement also
comments on various events, from their angle.

Here, the failings of human beings are made clear. The errors of
judgment, naivete in face of the law, the struggle in balancing
logic and feelings of jealousy, vengeance, addiction to
narcotics, the drive and need for power, sexual domination, wealth
and influence in a particular community. The human ego influence
outcomes unpredictably time and again.

Here, Nick Barnes' narcotics empire (based in New York) is
recounted, from selling powder in "quarters" (spoonfuls) for $70
(coke or heroin), the wholesale origin from the mob, the
distribution end on various inner city corners (often grossing
$10k - $15k), "cutting" amounts, shoeboxes of cash ( $1 or $2
million USD), rubouts, rival gang conflicts, double crossings,
vicious and bloody murders, night clubs, gold watches, expensive
jewelry, luxury automobiles, confidential informants, wiretaps,
the method of organization of the racket, and more - it's all
here.
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A very interesting, well made documentary about the main heroin dealer in Brooklyn during the late 60's & 70's. He put over 85 people in Prison who betrayed him while he was in Prison himself. Its hard to judge him due to him just reacting to being stabbed in the back himself. He made 9.2 million a month, very well done. Also proves the movie "American Gangster" is a completely fabricated movie and how the phrase "Based on a True Story" can be false entirely.
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Humor: 2
Blood: photos of murders
Nudity: 1, topless chick in a photo
Minutes FF'ed thru: none
Overall rating: 4
Memorable quotes:
Barnes: "Hey Nick, you broken the Golden Rule. And I say, what good is a rule if the rule ain't a jewel that's fit for the crown of the king, if you goin take the rule and just use it to make bling and you goin say f**k the king, then the king goin sing."

Nicky Barnes aka Mr. Untouchable was one of the most notorious drug lords in upstate New York in the 70's. He went from a user to a kingpin, taking whatever he wanted by any means necessary. After years of growing and grooming his empire, and beating several cases, which is what labeled him Mr. Untouchable, he was caught and sentenced to life in prison. From the inside, he continued to run his organization, but with incompetent leaders, things started going bad. The final straw is when one of his boys started messing with his girl, so he decided the best revenge was to snitch and take the empire down. This resulted in 75 felony cases and after 21 years in prison, he was released under witness protection. He did have feelings of guilt for breaking the street code, but it was more about his family's disrespect, and their failure to recognize their place, where they came from, and how they got there.

This was a pretty good documentary told through the narration of Barnes and people in the inner circle. If you like gangster docs, check out Gangster King: Raymond Lee Washington and Gang War: Bangin' in Little Rock.

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This is a good DVD that chronicles the life and rise in the drug game of Nicky Barnes, who appeared on The New York Times magazine cover at the height of his heroin empire with the title MR. UNTOUCHABLE. Not a smooth move on his part as a criminal investigation prompted by the magazine cover, which was seen by President Jimmy Carter, ensued. But Nicky Barnes was an intriguing and mesmerizing figure as his portrayal by Cuba Gooding Jr. in the American Gangster film showed. There is rumored to be an offshoot movie starting Cuba Gooding Jr as Nicky Barnes in the works. There is also a book out by the same title and Nicky Barnes was interviewed and his story profiled in F.E.D.S. magazine also. But check out the DVD it is nice and tells his story and was directed by the famous director producer Marc Levine. The DVD captures the story perfectly and also is a good look at the era when New York city was a virtual crime zone and open air drug market for Nicky's heroin brand
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