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Director: Ridley Scott     Starring: Russell Crowe Denzel Washington
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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 221523394
UPC: 025192108310
UPC 14: 00025192108310
Category Keywords: 1960s  1970s  Cops  Crime  Drug Dealers  Theatrical Release  True Story
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There Are Two Sides to the American Dream.
Armed with ruthless, streetwise tactics and a strict sense of honor, crime boss Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) rules Harlem's chaotic drug underworld. When outcast cop Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) sets out to bring down Lucas' multimillion dollar empire, it plunges both men into a legendary confrontation.

"...takes surprising twists and turns right up to its chilling ending and is probably the best gangster crime drama of the year.  Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Finely made and richly satisfying film.  Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Denzel Washington dazzles in his best screen performance to date as Frank Lucas.  Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Call it the black 'Scarface' or 'the Harlem Godfather' or just one hell of an exciting movie.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"...an engrossing story, told smoothly and well, and Russell Crowe's contribution is enormous.  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...has the aspirations of an epic of crime and punishment, a superb feel for time and milieu, and an almost subliminal feel for myth.  Stephen Hunter, The Washington Post

Editor's Note
British director Ridley Scott may not seem a logical choice for this truly American crime drama, but the filmmaker does an excellent job. The film is based on a true story and set in 1968 Harlem, where Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) is a driver for Bumpy Johnson, one of the top figures in the city's criminal world. When Bumpy dies, Lucas swoops in, taking over his predecessor's empire and expanding it over the next few years with his sale of a particularly potent brand of heroin. Meanwhile, New Jersey cop Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) begins to investigate the New York drug world and discovers that there's a new power in town.

Thanks to screenwriter Steve Zallian, as well as Washington and Crowe, AMERICAN GANGSTER creates a convincing portrait of two men who are neither entirely good nor entirely bad. Washington plays Lucas as a man who buys his mother a palatial home but doesn't hesitate to beat his brother's head against a window. Crowe's Roberts may turn in a million-dollar find, but he cheats on his wife. Sadly, they only meet onscreen toward the end of the film, but the minimal interaction between the two Oscar winners is fascinating. Even though the focus is on Lucas and Roberts, AMERICAN GANGSTER is filled with a wealth of strong characters played by talented actors. It seems everyone with a SAG card turns up for the film, including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin, Ted Levine, John Hawkes, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Carla Gugino, Ruby Dee, Joe Morton, and rappers T.I. and RZA. It's an epic film, with a run time of over two and a half hours, but it's time well spent. Fans of classic crime films such as THE GODFATHER, SERPICO, and CARLITO'S WAY will certainly be pleased by this addition to the genre.

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Video Features DVD, No Longer Produced
Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/24/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 177 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2007
Video UPC UPC: 00025192108310
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Chjwetel Ejiofor
Video Cast Info John Ortiz
Video Cast Info Josh Brolin
Video Cast Info The RZA
Video Cast Info Russell Crowe
Video Cast Info Denzel Washington
Video Cast Info Armand Assante
Video Cast Info Cuba Gooding Jr.
Video Cast Info Common
Video Cast Info Ted Levine
Video Cast Info Ruby Dee
Video Cast Info Carla Gugino
Video Cast Info John Hawkes
Video Cast Info T.I.
Video Cast Info Brian Grazer - Producer
Video Cast Info Steven Zallian - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Harris Savides - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Ridley Scott - Producer
Video Cast Info Marc Streitenfeld - Composer
Video Cast Info Pietro Scalia - Editor
Video Cast Info Ridley Scott - Director

Awards


Golden Globe (2008)
   Video Award Name American Gangster, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Drama

Image Award (2008)
   Video Award Name American Gangster, Nominee, Outstanding Motion Picture

British Academy Awards (2008)
   Video Award Name Brian Grazer, Ridley Scott, Nominee, Best Film

Golden Globe (2008)
   Video Award Name Denzel Washington, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
   Video Award Name Ridley Scott, Nominee, Best Director - Motion Picture

Image Award (2008)
   Video Award Name Ruby Dee, Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t has bite and timely relevance....Washington and Crowe clash like titans -- they're something to see." 11/01/2007 p.91

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] bravura photography, assured performances and flawless period detail....A top-of-the-range example of genre filmmaking..." 11/01/2007 p.56

Entertainment Weekly
"AMERICAN GANGSTER is meticulous and detailed, a drug-world epic that holds you from moment to moment, immersing you in the intimate and sleazy logistics of crime." -- Grade: B 11/09/2007 p.76-77

Empire
3 stars out of 5 -- "[U]ndeniably enjoyable....Served up with enough verve to engage." 12/01/2007 p.56

Uncut
4 stars out of 5 -- "Crowe and Washington are extremely charismatic here; particularly Washington, whose man-of-the-people charm disguises a ruthless, shark-like drive..." 12/01/2007 p.134

Sight and Sound
"AMERICAN GANGSTER moves along at quite a clip....[Scott] does bring panache to the film's tense climax..." 01/01/2008 p.56

Los Angeles Times
"[A] finely made and richly satisfying film....[Washington] is always at his best, as he was in the Oscar-winning TRAINING DAY..." 11/02/2007

Rolling Stone
Ranked #6 in Rolling Stone's "10 Best Movies Of 2007" -- "Ridley Scott digs into this juicy tale with epic style and wit." 12/27/2007 p.120

Ultimate DVD
5 stars out of 5 -- "Scott brings his stylish shot composition and impeccable eye for detail to the streets of Seventies Harlem, melding his striking visuals with an enthralling story..." 04/01/2008 p.78

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