American Gangster (2007)

American Gangster
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Strong violence, strong drug use

Director: Ridley Scott
Actors: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Ted Levine, Josh Brolin

Nobody used to notice Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington), but when his boss suddenly dies, Frank exploits the opening in the power structure to build his own empire and create his own version of the American Dream in the Harlem of the 1970s. Through ingenuity and a strict business ethic, he comes to rule the inner-city drug trade. Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) is an outcast cop close enough to the streets to feel a shift of control in the drug underworld. Roberts believes someone is climbing the rungs above the known Mafia families and starts to suspect that a new power player has come from nowhere to dominate the scene.

DVD
Status: Normal
Run time: 156mins
Origin: UNITED STATES
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio Formats: English Dolby Digital 5.1
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Member Reviews (63)

Ray
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A very good movie, which I didn't know was based on a true story. Denzel Washington brilliant as usual, does this bloke ever put in a bad performance
Posted Saturday, 21 December 2013 See my other reviews
I really enjoyed this movie based on a true story.
Posted Tuesday, 19 March 2013 See my other reviews
A love and cold war spy story. Good acting. Filmed in black and white consistent with the era of the story--Berlin, 1940's, just after World War 2, a city occupied by four powers, bombed out building everywhere. The story and cinematography are inspired by the classic 5 star movie Casablanca, but it is a weak in comparison.
Posted Thursday, 13 September 2012 See my other reviews
delainey park
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a brilliant script and actors focused at the same time of the vietnam conflict with the drug trade was in full swing even for the troops and the dodgey cops
Posted Thursday, 16 August 2012 See my other reviews
Janice
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I enjoyed this movie, Denzel Washington seems to excel in any movie he plays in. Great movie
Posted Thursday, 7 June 2012 See my other reviews
Annie
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Loved it!!! Awsome movie I love denzel Washington and he was brilliant
Posted Tuesday, 15 May 2012 See my other reviews
wendy
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very good movie
Posted Tuesday, 14 February 2012 See my other reviews
Shellyd
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Really enjoyed this action packed, gangster style movie, great acting by all too... My husband talked me into watching this one and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Posted Tuesday, 14 February 2012 See my other reviews
Phyllis
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brilliant and loved this one 5 stars
Posted Tuesday, 14 February 2012 See my other reviews
comsmum
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Loved it !
Posted Tuesday, 10 January 2012 See my other reviews
Ros
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Good movie - a bit of a change for Denzel washington to be the bad guy but you got to like him a little despite this.
Posted Wednesday, 27 July 2011 See my other reviews
Lausy
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Gory, gutsy ... a realistic glimpse of a very different world and time.
Posted Tuesday, 3 May 2011 See my other reviews
Angellen
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Very good movie.
Posted Thursday, 17 March 2011 See my other reviews
Melbourne Town
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If you like action films, this one is a must. Very exciting and well paced.
Posted Friday, 11 February 2011 See my other reviews
Thomas
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WOW - An apparent True to Life Gangster Movie with Corrupt Police that were apart of the days gone by. Fantastic Movie!
Posted Wednesday, 22 September 2010 See my other reviews
Bron R
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Excellent gangster movie with a really good storyline, excellent acting (Russ Crowe, Denzel Washington
Posted Saturday, 19 June 2010 See my other reviews
Karen B.
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Thoroughly engaging. Denzel Washington is totally believable as the apprentice turned master gangster. Russell Crowe puts in another good turn as the cop determined to do the hard yards to bring down the bad guy. The supporting cast is excellent as well. Highly recommended.
Posted Monday, 26 April 2010 See my other reviews
Danuta
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I have mixed feelings about this film. I was interested because it was a true story. I always find Denzel very charismatic and Russel Crowe extremely adept at adapting to his characters. However, there was something irritating about this film. Maybe it was the mood that was created, I'm not sure, couldn't quite put my finger on it, because it didn't feel like a true story, it felt like Hollywood, I know that's a strange thing to say, maybe it was the way the gory and sleazy bits were portrayed. Get it out anyway, its very entertaining even though in reality its an idictment of our society and its values.
Posted Sunday, 18 April 2010 See my other reviews
D
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Good movie, good story,well made,sometimes hard to follow.
Posted Thursday, 8 April 2010 See my other reviews
Leah
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Unreal, I really enjoyed this movie, I watched it twice and I would'v watched it again if I had the time. A MUST watch!
Posted Saturday, 7 November 2009 See my other reviews
John F.
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Maybe I fell asleep, but I don't really recall this at all. It does have Denzel Washington, so it rates at least two stars.
Posted Wednesday, 28 October 2009 See my other reviews
Peter D.
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seen it done better, nothing special or different, no suspence, dull characters.
Posted Sunday, 11 October 2009 See my other reviews
Craig Hill
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Based on a true story, very gritty and enjoyable.
Posted Saturday, 26 September 2009 See my other reviews
Michelle H.
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I really enjoyed this movie. Not surprisingly, Denzel and Russel's acting was superb. I believe this story needed to be told, very intriguing. It is a long movie, but I was in know way bored.
Posted Wednesday, 23 September 2009 See my other reviews
Peter
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Started off a bit slow but got more interesting as the movie went on. Was particularly interesting given that the movie was based on a true story
Posted Sunday, 6 September 2009 See my other reviews
Adi
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brilliant!
Posted Thursday, 27 August 2009 See my other reviews
Renata
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excellent.
Posted Wednesday, 12 August 2009 See my other reviews
Graham
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Solid film of the genre. Very entertaining
Posted Saturday, 1 August 2009 See my other reviews
Pamela
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I was not disappointed with American Gangster Denzel Washington was great it was a surprise to see him play the bad guy but as always did it well and Russell Crowe as his nemesis was wonderful, I no people may say that the violence might have been to much but that what it's like I lived in that time and when that underbelly was going on if they had just lived the life as normal and not splashed the money around then the cops would have left alone it just goes to show you if you take up a life of crime they will get you.
Posted Saturday, 25 July 2009 See my other reviews
Yasmin M.
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Very good action movie, built on real events. Definitely worth a look!
Posted Tuesday, 14 July 2009 See my other reviews
David B.
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Based on a true story and it looks like they did their homework. Very enjoyable.
Posted Monday, 15 June 2009 See my other reviews
Nigel W
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Better than average drug crime boss saga that lacks the true grittiness of The French Connection. 3.5 stars
Posted Friday, 29 May 2009 See my other reviews
Carol
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Compelling. While this film is violent in parts, Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe play their respective parts brilliantly. Washington, in particular, maps the unravelling of this character perfectly. A long movie, but one of the better offerings out there.
Posted Monday, 4 May 2009 See my other reviews
Judy
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This is a great movie. The fact that it is a true story just blows your mind. Russell Crowe does a great job as Richie Roberts. Denzel Washington portrays the drug baron very well. Great casting. Keeps you enthralled throughout the entire time. Well worth watching.
Posted Wednesday, 29 April 2009 See my other reviews
MR.
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Gangster movies are fun because I am not a gangster and don't know any gangsters. This is one of those movies.
Posted Tuesday, 28 April 2009 See my other reviews
Natalie B.
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Excellent movie, maybe hour an hour too long in the middle.
Posted Wednesday, 25 March 2009 See my other reviews
Greg H.
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Superb. Crowe just keeps getting better. Washington is a bit too likeable a mass murderer, but it is Ridley Scott's movie, and I cannot remember his last dog, or if he ever has done one.
Posted Sunday, 15 March 2009 See my other reviews
Juanita
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Love it cause it was based on a true story
Posted Monday, 9 March 2009 See my other reviews
Claire
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The Best Film of 2008. Denzel Washington
Posted Tuesday, 3 March 2009 See my other reviews
Sara
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Absolutly fabulous. Denzel Washington is a brilliant actor followed by an excellent true story. couldn't walk away from tv screen.
Posted Friday, 16 January 2009 See my other reviews
Michael W.
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Everything about it was fantastic. Just when you think Denzel has hit his peak he pulls out another corker.
Posted Saturday, 3 January 2009 See my other reviews
Luisa E.
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Good movie. A bit too long but good nonetheless.
Posted Sunday, 7 December 2008 See my other reviews
Sean D.
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Had no idea this was based on a true story. Brilliant adaptation and what a cast with Denzel leading the way. Not a big fan of Crowe but he made me a believer in this story. Amazing movie.
Posted Sunday, 26 October 2008 See my other reviews
Anthony R.
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Quality film about depressing links between crime and society's protectors, both military and law enforcement. Depressing because it's purportedly true.
Posted Sunday, 5 October 2008 See my other reviews
Di-Anne R.
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excellent
Posted Sunday, 5 October 2008 See my other reviews
Trent S.
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Criminally underrated.
Posted Friday, 26 September 2008 See my other reviews
W B O.
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A great story, well told. Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington are brilliant as usual. Definitely worth a look - this one kept my interest from beginning to end.
Posted Sunday, 21 September 2008 See my other reviews
Earth.W
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This is a movie based on a true story where one honest cop's hard work and persistence led to the downfall of a powerful narcotics importer and the arrest of many corrupt police officers. I chose the option of watching the unrated extended version so I can't review the theatrical version. This movie does have blood but not overly. It is a good movie which I recommend. Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, two brilliant actors teamed up, proving once again that their acting skills is no overnight show boat express.
Posted Sunday, 7 September 2008 See my other reviews
Alan N.
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There was so much time spent on character development, the plot trudged along at a snail's pace and made the whole thing a bit 'ho-hum' for me. You certainly ended up knowing the influences that drove almost every major character in the film, but the small snippets of adrenalin were spread pretty thin during the 2.5 hours waiting for it all to play out. It was one of those movies that I don't regret seeing, but won't bother watching again.
Posted Saturday, 23 August 2008 See my other reviews
John K.
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Awesome story and top film
Posted Wednesday, 20 August 2008 See my other reviews
Kevin D.
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Mr Scott right on the ball again - top film
Posted Friday, 15 August 2008 See my other reviews
Tab H.
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Absolutely believable. Makes one wish they could holiday forever in the USA...not
Posted Monday, 11 August 2008 See my other reviews
Mike W.
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great movie with a good story and cast...allocate an evening and fill up the coffee maker!
Posted Wednesday, 16 July 2008 See my other reviews
Carolyn S.
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Awsome! Very well done. Denzil Washington is fantastic and well.. Russell Crowe is always fantaastic. Thoroughly enjoyed this movie.
Posted Wednesday, 16 July 2008 See my other reviews
Carolyn S.
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Awsome! Very well done. Denzel Washington is fantastic and well.. Russell Crowe is always fantaastic. Thoroughly enjoyed this movie.
Posted Wednesday, 16 July 2008 See my other reviews
Danielle F.
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Really enjoyed it. Very though provoking.
Posted Tuesday, 24 June 2008 See my other reviews
Andrew H.
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Sensational. Great performances from Crowe and Washington but you wouldn't expect anything less.
Posted Tuesday, 24 June 2008 See my other reviews
Janet W.
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How can those people call themselves cops when they outcast an honest cop for handing in money he found? They are no better than the crims. Glad to see all the bent ones got caught in the end. All up a well made and enjoyable film to watch.
Posted Sunday, 22 June 2008 See my other reviews
Natasha
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great movie added to by the 70's era so well portrayed
Posted Thursday, 29 May 2008 See my other reviews
Adriaan van Jaarsveldt
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A thoroughly satisfying movie. Convincing performances from Denzel Washington as the utterly competent drug lord and Russell Crowe as the solid, uncompromisingly honest cop. Both men are exceptionally good at what they do. The Washington character could win any number of entrepreneurial awards conducting a legitimate business. He corners the market on heroin by following a text book approach that would impress any MBA graduate. Sell a product that is better than your competitor’s at a fraction of the price. Crowe on the other hand is the text book honest cop. He gets into trouble with his colleagues for handing in a bag full of drug money (apparently the standard approach is to dish it out amongst your mates). A good story, well told and based on astonishing facts.
Posted Tuesday, 18 March 2008 See my other reviews
Alfred S.
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A gritty, realistic and thoroughly enjoyable film.
Posted Tuesday, 4 March 2008 See my other reviews
Peter F.
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Denziel outshines our Russel here..a movie that shows crime can pay and the cops are bad too....a believable and fast action movie..can't wait for more of the same.
Posted Monday, 21 January 2008 See my other reviews
Missy M.
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Great movie. It has to be one of the best of 2008.
Posted Monday, 14 January 2008 See my other reviews
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