King of New York (Blu-ray) (1990)
|In New York, crime gets done Frank's way - or it doesn't get done at all. Recently freed from prison, Frank White (Christopher Walken) hooks up with his old crew to challenge his fellow drug lords. Each bloody battle aims at a piece of the high-priced action where being at the top of the chain can mean the difference between life and death. Unable to keep him behind bars, the cops declare war on him. Frank's answer-put a contract out on the cops.|
Academy Award winner Christopher Walken stars in this mesmerizing, ultraviolent street drama of a city on the edge. Larry Fishburne, David Caruso, Wesley Snipes and Giancarlo Esposito also star in director Abel Ferrara's (Bad Lieutenant, Dangerous Game) riveting and horrifyingly realistic story of one man who takes the city beyond its limits.
"Deliciously indecent. Nick Schager, Nick Schager Film Project
"...[the] blend of toughness and lyricism turns this visionary crime film into something stylish, seductive and haunting... Rolling Stone
Editor's NoteChristopher Walken stars as Frank White, an ultracool crime boss, in this moody gem from director Abel Ferrara. Released from a long stint in jail, White rejoins his devoted gang, which includes the trigger-happy Jimmy Jump (Laurence Fishburne), Test Tube (Steve Buscemi), and his attractive attorney girlfriend, Jennifer (Janet Julian). Setting up headquarters in Trump Plaza, they start wiping out members of rival mobs in a bid to take back the streets and indulge in lots of cocaine and sex, but ultimately White has more noble ambitions, such as giving a fortune in drug money to charity. David Caruso, Victor Argo, and Wesley Snipes costar as a group of bitter cops who don't buy Frank's change of heart and decide to go outside the law to take him down. Poetic, sexy, funny, somber, and very violent, this critical hit cemented the rep of Ferrara and has earned a strong cult following. Bozan Bajelli serves as director of the arresting cinematography, which is full of rich shadows and gold, blue, and red hues. For fans of films such as THE GODFATHER and SCARFACE, this is essential viewing.
|Abel Ferrara - Director|
|Anthony Redman - Editor|
|Augusto Caminito - Producer|
|Bojan Bazelli - Cinematographer|
|Joe Delia - Original Music By|
|Nicholas St. John - Writer|
|Stephanie Ziemer - Art Director|
|Vittorio Squillante - Executive Producer|
|Independent Spirit, Bojan Bazelli, Best Cinematography|
|"I spent half my life in prison. I never got away with anything, and I never killed anybody that didn't...that didn't deserve it."----Frank White (Christopher Walken) to Bishop (Victor Argo)|