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American Gangster

Released on 10 March 2008

Featuring: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe & Cuba Gooding Jr.

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years & over

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Ridley Scott's American Gangster is a brutal, slick, and stylish portrayal of real life cult figure and international drug smuggler Frank Lucas. With tangled webs, deceit, strong aggression, shady characters and sinister plans, American Gangster has the gritty and pleasurable nostalgia of classic gangster films such as The Godfather and Scarface.

Drug-kingpin Frank Lucas smuggles heroin into the US by hiding it with the bodies of soldiers killed during battle in Vietnam. By delivering a product that is far superior to his competitors, Lucas has rapidly established his status as Harlem's most innovative drug dealer. While Lucas delicately constructs his own criminal empire, Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe), one of the few honest detectives in a corrupt system, senses a sizeable shift within the hierarchy of the drug underworld and sets out to investigate this hitherto unknown power player that has come out of the shadows to dominate the drug trade. But with Detective Trupo (Josh Brolin), Roberts' crooked and jealous colleague, wanting to obstruct and ruin the integrity of his idealistic counterpart, Roberts is left with little option other than to take desperate measures to end Lucas' rule in Harlem.

Academy Award winning lead actors Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe both turn in exhilarating and exceptional performances. With an engrossing story, powerful dialogue, realistic violence, and sharp stylish scenes, American Gangster delivers a complete, memorable, finely made, and richly satisfying crime epic that can be savoured again and again.
  • Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By purchasing this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age and over.

  • Extended Version includes over 18 minutes of Additional Footage Not Shown In Cinemas
  • An Alternative Ending
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Feature Commentary with Director Ridley Scott and Writer Steve Zaillian

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| | See all BigMoDaGreat's reviews (1)

This film was seriously unbelievably good, It is quite unfair to compare this film to the classics such as Scarface, Godfather and Goodfellas. This film was excellent in its own right, Denzel's best performance yet and if we keep comparing it this film will never be fully appreciated.

Bottom Line, excellent, great performance, great story and some very powerful scenes! A must buy for 2008 guarenteed!

 A very enjoyable watch, and an insight into Gangster life.

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I very much enjoyed watching American Gangster, as the world in which Frank Lucas has created is very intriguing. With some excellent performances from Denzel and Russel Crowe, you'll find even though it may be a heavy film at times, its pretty easy to watch.
Although it is long (2 hours 30 mins), it manages to achieve a solid plot and a good ending, tied together with an insight into 60s and 70s corruption and the war on drugs.


 Dissapointing and a Waste of Time

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Movie was ok, seem to have bits of Goodfellas, Blow and other Gangster movie and Cop movie clichés.
Maybe there have been too many Gangster movies made, but I think it's more to do with the story.
It just lame and then the ending is too quick.
Russell Crowe was good as was Josh Brolin, but Denzel Washington played the Gangster as tho he was a saint,
Although in real life he wasn't, he was a very nasty piece of work.
The whole True Story thing wasn't true either .Anyway Disappointed, not recommended.
Instead watch Goodfells, Godfather, Casino, The untouchables, Donnie Brasco, Scarface, Blow, Carlitos Way,

 The Godfather For This Generation!

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Sheer brilliance! Amazing performances by Crowe and Washington make this the film of 2007!


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the film was extraordinary all the way through, one thing that let it down was lenth of the film, it was bit too long, but it shocked me it was base on true story, staring russel crow and denzel washington they both worked well in the film, acting was brill, camera work effective, addictive all the way through, well worth the buy if you wanna know how 1st black gangster become the richest drug baron known in USA history

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ActorsDenzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Cuba Gooding Jr., Josh Brolin, Ted Levine, Yul Vazquez & RZA
DirectorRidley Scott
Certificate18 years and over
ScreenWidescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Additional LanguagesHungarian
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired ; Arabic ; Danish ; Finnish ; Hungarian ; Icelandic ; Norwegian ; Swedish
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.