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Gangs of New York (2002)

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Coming Out at 20 December 2002 in theaters

Crime, Drama

Gangs of New York is epic crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, set in the New York slums, and inspired by Herbert Asbury’s non-fiction book The Gangs of New York. The screenplay was written by Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian, and Kenneth Lonergan. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis and Cameron Diaz.

In 1863, a long-running Catholic–Protestant feud erupts into violence, just as an Irish immigrant group is protesting about low wages caused by an influx of freed slaves, as well as the threat of conscription. Scorsese spent twenty years developing the project until in 1999 Harvey Weinstein and his production company Miramax Films acquired it. Made in Cinecittà, Rome and in New York, the film was completed by 2001, but its release was delayed following the September 11 attacks. Released on December 20, 2002, the film grossed $193 million worldwide against its $100 million budget and received positive reviews from critics for Day-Lewis’ performance, Scorsese’s directing, the production design and costume design. It was nominated for ten Oscars at the 75th Academy Awards.

In the slum neighborhood of Five Points, Manhattan, in 1846, two gangs have engaged in a final battle (or “challenge”) in Paradise Square over “who holds sway over the Five Points”; these two factions participating in this event are the nativist, English Protestant Natives led by William “Bill the Butcher” Cutting, and a group of Irish Catholic immigrants, the “Dead Rabbits”, led by “Priest” Vallon. At the end of this battle, Bill kills Vallon and declares the Dead Rabbits outlawed. Having witnessed this, Vallon’s young son hides the knife that killed his father and is taken to an orphanage on Blackwell’s Island.

Director: Martin Scorsese

Writers: Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian, Kenneth Lonergan

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly, Henry Thomas, Liam Neeson

Cast:

Leonardo DiCaprioAmsterdam Vallon
Daniel Day-LewisBill ‘The Butcher’ Cutting
Cameron DiazJenny Everdeane
Jim BroadbentBoss Tweed
John C. ReillyHappy Jack
Henry ThomasJohnny Sirocco
Liam Neeson‘Priest’ Vallon
Brendan GleesonWalter ‘Monk’ McGinn
Gary LewisMcGloin
Stephen GrahamShang
Eddie MarsanKilloran
Alec McCowenReverend Raleigh
David HemmingsMr. Schermerhorn
Lawrence Gilliard Jr.Jimmy Spoils
Cara SeymourHell-Cat Maggie
Roger Ashton-GriffithsP.T. Barnum
Peter-Hugo DalyOne-Armed Priest
Cian McCormackYoung Amsterdam
Andrew GallagherYoung Johnny
Philip KirkO’Connell Guard Leader
Rab AffleckPlug Uglies Leader
Bill BarclayShirt Tails Leader
Nick BartlettChichesters Leader
Robert GoodmanForty Thieves Leader
Tim Pigott-SmithCalvinist Minister
Liam CarneyBill The Butcher’s Gang #1
Gary McCormackBill The Butcher’s Gang #2
David McBlainBill The Butcher’s Gang #3
Dick HollandTrue Blue American Speaker
Katherine WallachJenny’s Girl
Carmen HanlonJenny’s Girl
Ilaria D’EliaJenny’s Girl
Laurie VentryResident Woman
Ford KiernanBlack Joke Chief
Alec McMahonResident man
Nevan FineganDead Rabbit Gang Member
Dominiquie VandenbergDead Rabbit Gang Member
Sai-Kit YungChinese at Sparrow’s Pagoda
Basil ChungElderly Chinese at Pagoda
Finbar FureySatan’s Circus Singer
Sean GilderRat Pit Game Master
Richard GrahamHarvey – Card Player
Richard StrangeUndertaker
Douglas PlasseMedical Student
R. Bruce SteinheimerArmy Recruiter
David BamberPassenger on Omnibus
Barbara BouchetMrs. Schermerhorn
Michael ByrneHorace Greeley
Lucy DavenportMiss Schermerhorn
Maura O’ConnellStreet Singer
Alex HowdenAssistant Hangman
James RamsayArthur – Condemned Man
Iain McCollSeamus – Condemned Man
Louie BrownsellLegless Soldier
Gennaro CondemiShe-He
Kieran HurleyRecruiter
John SessionsHarry Watkins – Lincoln
Michael H. BillingsleyUncle Tom
Steven BlakeMr. Shelby
Giovanni Lombardo RadiceMr. Legree
Alexia MurrayTopsy
Flaminia FegarottiMiss Eliza
Bronco McLoughlinAssassin
Channing C. HolmesTap Dancer
Eliane ChappuisChinese Whore
Roberta QuaresimaWhore #1
Marta PilatoWhore #2
Jian SuChinese Acrobat
Man CaoChinese General
Kathy Shao-Lin LeeChinese Dancer
Alexander DengChinese Boy Singer
Peter BerlingKnife Act Caller
Patrick GordonSurgeon
Brendan WhiteArchbishop
Brendan DempseyProvost Marshal Registrar
Taddeo HarbuttUnruly Man
Nazzareno NataleDon Whiskerandos
Colin HillNativist Candidate
Robert LingeOne-Armed Veteran
Richard SymsDrunken Repeater
Christian BurgessThe Mayor
Gerry Robert ByrneDraft Official
David J. NichollsO’Connell Guard Leader
Tim FaradayPlug Uglies Leader
Sean McGinleyForty Thieves Leader
John Anthony MurphyKerryonians Leader
Terry O’NeillChichesters Leader
Vincent PickeringAmerican Guard Leader
Nick MilesAtlantic Guard Leader
Ian PirieSlaughter Housers Leader
John McGlynnBowery Boys Leader
Larry KaplanBloodied Bureaucrat
Leo BurmesterTelegraph Operator #1 (voice)
Justin BrennanTelegraph Operator #2 (voice)
Brian MallonTelegraph Operator #3 (voice)
Joseph P. ReidyPolice Chief
Joel StrachanTelegraph Operator
Bill MurdochRobber on Dock
Angela PleasenceWoman Accomplice
Iain AgnewGeneral Wool
Michael HausmanGunboat Captain
Bob CollettiSoldier in Mist
Michele BevilacquaMiddle Class Man
Salvatore BillaNative
Max BiondiIrish emigrant
Riccardo BrexMan Selling Cigarettes
Brennan CaitlinHot Corn Girl
Tony CampanozziScamiciato
Trevor CooperMan in Tweed’s Office
Claudio CorenoStudent
Blaise CorriganRiot Thug “There’s a $300 Man…”
Mauro CremoniniInternee
Katy Monique CuomoTweed’s Whore
Marco Del CimaBill The Butcher’s Gang Member
Ottaviano Dell’AcquaBill The Butcher’ s Gang #4
Federico Della CorteGuy
Johnny EganDead Rabbit Acolyte
Massimiliano FedeliDead Rabbit Gang Member
Luca FoggianoPrincipal
Marcello FonteCitizen
Helmut HagenReceiver
Eva Henger
Mercedesz HengerDaughter of Wealthy Homeowner
Andrea IaiaMedical Student 2
Yoon C. JoyceSlave
Paolo LorimerTammany Man
Manuela MassimiPoor Woman
Arnold MonteyMan Selling Cigarettes
Raffaella PonzoJohnny’s Girlfriend
Corrado ScaliaRapist
Gualtiero ScolaProstitutes Buyer
Martin ScorseseWealthy Homeowner
Martin ShermanGuy
Steve StanulisNative
Donald StewartAnatomist
Vincenzo TanassiFireman
Federico TozziOmnibus Passenger / Commoner / Gravedigger
Massimo VanniSoldier
Franco VendittiCoach
Tony VillaniMr. Baff

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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