American Gangster ist ein US-amerikanischer Thriller aus dem Jahr Regie führte Ridley Scott, das Drehbuch schrieb Steven Zaillian anhand eines. In den 70er Jahre erhebt sich in New York ein neuer Stern am Gangsterhimmel: Frank Lucas ist der erste Afroamerikaner, der die Mafia in den Schatten stellt: Er. American Gangster ein Film von Ridley Scott mit Russell Crowe, Denzel Washington. Inhaltsangabe: 15 Jahre lang chauffierte er den Mafiaherrscher Bumpy.
Using his experience from visiting New York in the same time period in which the film's story took place, Scott sought to downplay a " Beatles " atmosphere to the film and to instead create a shabbier atmosphere, saying that "Harlem was really, really shabby, beautiful brownstones falling apart.
Denzel Washington, as Frank Lucas, went through 64 different costume changes. In , Greg Calloway was approached by producers to produce a soundtrack for the film.
He presented the idea to Atlantic Records chairman Craig Kallman , and one of the company's artists, T. However, the deal did not go further because Universal Pictures owned the rights to the film; "It was a Universal film and they were not going to give the soundtrack to WMG " Atlantic's parent company.
The composer stated that "the overall tone needed to be something bigger and darker" given the characters' strong personalities, and while not being the original intention, he added shades of blues and soul music to fit the s setting.
Additional score material was composed and recorded by Hank Shocklee. The official soundtrack album for American Gangster was released by Def Jam Recordings within a week of the film's release.
Denzel Washington pressed Grazer into inviting rapper Jay-Z to write the film's score, but the producer "just didn't think there'd be enough for Jay-Z to do" given the intentions to do a soundtrack filled with s music.
The film had a profound resonance on the musician, who decided to create a concept album, also entitled American Gangster.
It was speculated that the album's release in conjunction with the film would attract a young audience and help Universal Pictures generate profits to recover from the film's troubled development history.
It immediately clicked with me. Like Scarface or any one of those films, you take the good out of it, and you can see it as an inspiring film.
The film experienced similar success overseas. It ranked as the 19th highest-grossing film of both domestically and worldwide. The home release included an unrated extended version of the film, featuring 18 additional minutes and an alternative ending.
A mobile game based on the film was released by Gameloft on November 1. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film a perfect four star rating and opined, "This is an engrossing story, told smoothly and well.
In comparison, some reviewers were more critical of American Gangster. Jonathan Crocker of Time Out London was polarized with the film, criticizing its aesthetics.
Schager remarked that the film was "dumb as a rock", and that it was "far too convinced of its import to be any fun.
That shoulder-shimmying swagger is rarely seen, and the brand-classic robes of American Gangster sit on him heavily.
Roberts criticized the portrayal of Lucas, describing it as "almost noble". While McMahon noted that the intertitle that appears at the end of the film, stating that Lucas' collaboration led to the arrest of many corrupt DEA agents, was "wholly inaccurate", in that Lucas' cooperation did not lead to the convictions, and admonished that "It would behoove a major corporation like Universal which is owned by a major news organization, NBC not to put inaccurate statements at the end of popular films", she stated that the film failed to meet legal standards of defamation because it failed to "show a single person who is identifiable as a DEA agent".
Many of Lucas' other claims, as presented in the film, have also been called into question, such as being the right-hand man of Bumpy Johnson , rising above the power of the Mafia and Nicky Barnes , and that he was the mastermind behind the Golden Triangle heroin connection of the s.
Ron Chepesiuk, a biographer of Frank Lucas, deemed the story as a myth. Associated Press entertainment writer Frank Coyle noted that "this mess happened partly because journalists have been relying on secondary sources removed from the actual events.
American Gangster earned various awards and nominations, in categories ranging from recognition of the film itself to its screenplay and music, to the performances of Ruby Dee and Denzel Washington.
Prior to the film's release, it was observed as a candidate for the Academy Awards based on its style and the performances of its actors, including the possibility of an Academy Award for Best Director for Ridley Scott.
Rubino set decoration were up for Best Art Direction. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Ridley Scott Brian Grazer.
Nick Trupo Ted Levine as Capt. He wears nice clothes and drives fancy cars and all that, so if that means glorifying it I guess that's the case.
Scott loves his bad guy too much. And by turning Lucas into a figure who seduces instead of repels, an object of directorial fetishism and a token of black resistance, however hollow, he encourages us to submit as well.
Part of this is structural and economic: Once, another gunman, or the director, might have taken direct aim at Lucas.
But the world belongs to gangsters now, not cowboys. Retrieved April 25, Standing in the Shadows of Street Legends.
Retrieved April 30, Retrieved November 12, The New York Times. Archived from the original on September 30, Archived from the original on November 15, Retrieved November 3, The Heroin Trade's New Face".
The New York Times Company. Retrieved November 5, The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 16, Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on October 27, Archived from the original on February 7, Archived from the original on Retrieved November 4, Denzel Washington had already gotten paid his upfront guarantee pay-or-play, so he signed on just for his gross.
With an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train barreling toward a city, a veteran engineer and a young conductor race against the clock to prevent a catastrophe.
Two hardened criminals get into trouble with the US border patrol after meeting with a Mexican drug lord, and then revelations start to unfold.
A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge.
A quadriplegic ex-homicide detective and his female partner try to track down a serial killer who is terrorizing New York City. Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan.
He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States.
As a result, his product is superior to what is currently available on the street and his prices are lower. His alliance with the New York Mafia ensures his position.
It is also the story of a dedicated and honest policeman, Richie Roberts, who heads up a joint narcotics task force with the Federal government.
Based on a true story. Watch American Gangster without preconceived ideas. While the film is long it never drags.
You don't get the sense that you've seen this movie before. It's not The Wire. It's not The Sopranos. While much is going on, the story is easy to follow.
There is action, but this isn't an "action movie". Both Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe act convincingly and give depth to their characters.
The film leaves you wanting to know more about about happened to the lead characters. You care about them that much.
Visit Prime Video to explore more titles. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!
Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Full Cast and Crew. Watch Now With Prime Video.
An outcast New York City cop is charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, whose real life inspired this partly biographical film.
More Top Movies Trailers Forums. Season 7 Black Lightning: Season 2 DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Season 4 The Deuce: Season 2 Doctor Who: Season 11 The Flash: Season 3 Saturday Night Live: Season 4 The Walking Dead: View All Photos Nobody used to notice Frank Lucas, the quiet driver to one of the inner city's leading black crime bosses.
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.
Through ingenuity and a strict business ethic, he comes to rule the inner-city drug trade, flooding the streets with a purer product at a better price.
Lucas outplays all of the leading crime syndicates and becomes not only one of the city's mainline corrupters, but part of its circle of legit civic superstars.
Richie Roberts 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 black power player has come from nowhere to dominate the scene.
Both Lucas and Roberts share a rigorous ethical code that sets them apart from their own colleagues, making them lone figures on opposite sides of the law.
The destinies of these two men will become intertwined as they approach a confrontation where only one of them can come out on top.
John Hawkes , Steven Zaillian. Denzel Washington as Frank Lucas. Russell Crowe as Detective Richie Roberts.
Josh Brolin as Detective Trupo. Chiwetel Ejiofor as Huey Lucas. Lymari Nadal as Eva. Ruby Dee as Mama Lucas. Ted Levine as Lou Toback.
Roger Guenveur Smith as Nate. John Hawkes as Freddie Spearman. Malcolm Goodwin as Jimmy Zee. Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Doc.
Carla Gugino as Laurie Roberts. John Ortiz as Javier J. Armand Assante as Dominic Cattano. Kathleen Garrett as Mrs.
Jon Polito as Rossi. Joe Morton as Charlie Williams. Kevin Corrigan as Campizi.