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American Gangster (2007)

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Biography, Crime, Drama |

American Gangster is a American biographical crime film directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by Steven Zaillian. The film is fictionally based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas, a gangster from La Grange, North Carolina who smuggled heroin into the United States on American service planes returning from the Vietnam War, before being detained by a task force led by detective Richie Roberts. The film stars Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe in their first lead acting roles together since 1995’s Virtuosity. The film also co-stars Ted Levine, John Ortiz, Josh Brolin, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Norman Reedus, Ruby Dee, Lymari Nadal and Cuba Gooding Jr.

Development for the film initially began in 2000, when Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment purchased the rights to a New York magazine story about the rise and fall of Lucas. Two years later, screenwriter Steven Zaillian introduced a 170-page scriptment to Scott. Original production plans were to commence in Toronto for budget purposes; however, production eventually relocated permanently to New York City. Because of the film’s rising budget Universal canceled production in 2004.

In 1968, Frank Lucas is the right-hand man of Harlem mob boss Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson. When Johnson dies of a heart attack, Lucas takes control of both his criminal empire and the gangland underworld of Harlem.

After handing in almost $1 million that he found in a mobster’s car, Newark detective Richie Roberts is ostracized in his precinct. After his exiled and addicted partner overdoses on a potent brand of heroin called “Blue Magic”, Captain Lou Toback puts Roberts in charge of a task force that targets local suppliers. Lucas buys Blue Magic directly from producers in Thailand and smuggles it into the U.S. through returning Vietnam War servicemen.

Director: Ridley Scott

Writers: Steven Zaillian, Mark Jacobson (article)

Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Ted Levine, John Ortiz, Josh Brolin, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Norman Reedus, Ruby Dee, Lymari Nadal

Cast:

Denzel WashingtonFrank Lucas
Russell CroweRichie Roberts
Chiwetel EjioforHuey Lucas
Josh BrolinDetective Trupo
Lymari NadalEva
Ted LevineLou Toback
Roger Guenveur SmithNate
John HawkesFreddie Spearman
RZAMoses Jones
Yul VazquezAlfonse Abruzzo
Malcolm GoodwinJimmy Zee
Ruby DeeMama Lucas
Ruben Santiago-HudsonDoc
Carla GuginoLaurie Roberts
Skyler FortgangMichael Roberts
John OrtizJavier J. Rivera
Cuba Gooding Jr.Nicky Barnes
Armand AssanteDominic Cattano
Kathleen GarrettMrs. Dominic Cattano
Joe MortonCharlie Williams
Ritchie CosterJoey Sadano
Bari K. WillerfordJoe Louis
Idris ElbaTango
CommonTurner Lucas
Warner MillerMelvin Lucas
Albert JonesTerrence Lucas
J. Kyle ManzayDexter Lucas
T.I.Stevie Lucas (as Tip Harris)
Melissia HillRedtop
Quisha SaundersDarlynn
Kevin CorriganCampizi
Robert FunaroMcCann
Jon PolitoRossi
Tom O’RourkeBanker
Robert C. KirkPolice Captain
Tom Stearns2-Star General
KaDee StricklandRichie’s Attorney (as Kadee Strickland)
Jon DeVriesJudge James Racine (as John Devries)
Jim R. ColemanBailiff
Lee ShepardLaurie’s Attorney (as Lee Shepherd)
Gavin GrazerMike Sobota
Linda PowellSocial Worker
Roxanne AmandezParamedic
Norman ReedusDetective in Morgue
Pierra FrancescaStewardess
Eddie RouseDetective at Party
Maryann UrbanoReal Estate Broker (as Mary Ann Urbano)
Cedric SandersServiceman in Cafe
Jason VeaseyServiceman in Cafe
Roosevelt DavisArmy Captain
Roger BartUS Attorney
Eric SilverWhite Kid
Mitchell GreenTango Bodyguard
Saycon SengblohTango’s Woman
Conor RomeroTough Teenager
Daniel HiltTough Teenager
Daniel FarcherTough Teenager
David SpearmanCivilian Cleaning Staff
Maurice BallardCivilian Cleaning Staff
Paul DohertyTV Newscaster
William C. TateBaptist Minister (as William Tate)
George Lee MilesFrank’s Lawyer
Jason FurlaniBailiff
Chris McKinneyReporter on TV
Ric YoungChinese General
David Wayne BrittonArmy Colonel
Tommy GuiffreMedical Examiner
Laurence LowryParamedic
Dan MoranArmy Captain
Marjorie JohnsonCharlene
Larry MitchellFBI Agent
Chuck CooperPrivate Doctor
Kevin GeerLaw School Professor
Chance KellyMP
Hamilton ClancySeller
Sam FreedJudge
Joey KleinChemist
Scott Dillin4th Amigo (as Scotty Dillin)
Anthony HamiltonFunk Band Singer
Sarah Hudnut BrodyAssistant Prosecutor (as Sarah Hudnut)
Jeff GreeneMetal Door Worker
Tyson HallDrug Dealer
Kirt HardingDrug Dealer
Bryant PearsonDrug Dealer
Al SantosMechanic (as Alfredo Luis Santos)
Lil ChuuchDealer (as William Hudson)
Christopher A. SawyerDealer
Dylan GallagherCasket Loader
Jehan-Pierre ‘The Preacher’ VassauNarc Officer (as Jehan-Pierre Vassau)
Dawn DouglasNarc Officer (as Dawn A. Douglas)
Robbie NeigebornCop in Narc Headquarters
Clinton LoweMan Arrested in Elevator
Wilhelm LewisHead Wedding Photographer
James HunterDeacon
Neville WhiteDeacon
Lonnie GaetanoPrison Guard
Jeff MantelOfficer Walsh
Serena Joan SpringleThe Proctor
Ron PirettiJudge
Nino Del BuonoAnnouncer

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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