American Gangster

(USA, 2007, 157 minutes)

The true story of the rise and fall of gangster Frank Lucas, who ruled Harlem between 1968 and 1973. Overly earnest attempt to make a black version of Mafia stories such as The Godfather or Goodfellas, hindered by perfunctory plotting, lack of rhythm and anonymous handling, but with a couple of strong performances and some flashes of what might have been.

Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment present in association with Relativity Media a Brian Grazer production in association with Scott Free Productions. Starring Russell Crowe, Denzel Washington, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cuba Gooding Jr., Josh Brolin, Ted Levine, Armand Assante, Joe Ortiz, John Hawkes, RZA, Lymari Nadal, Yul Vazquez, Ruby Dee, Idris Elba, Carla Gugino, Joe Morton. Directed by Ridley Scott; produced by Brian Grazer, Ridley Scott; screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the article by Mark Jacobson, "The Return of Superfly"; music by Marc Streitenfeld; director of photography (Technicolor), Harris Savides; production designer, Arthur Max; costume designer, Janty Yates; film editor, Pietro Scalia.


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