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Excellent price for a new DVD

DVD arrived as advertised. Have not opened it yet to watch though. This is a great go-to crime/gangster movie. Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington portray complex and dynamic characters, and they don't meet each other or know of the other until the last 30 minutes of the movie, so don't expect them to go face-to-face throughout most of the meat of the film. I have no watched the unrated version, which this is.Read full review...

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American Gangster

Ridley Scott's American Gangster is a gritty portrait of the New York drug underworld in the early 1970's. With great performances by both DenzelWashington as drug kingpin Frank Lucas and Russell Crowe as cop Richie Roberts the film takes on both the gangster lifestyle and the currupt police problem of New York.

The film has all the earmarks of an epic. The story written by Steve Zaillian, while a bit long at times, effectively portrays life on the streets at the time period. The camara work by Harris Savides is both gritty and dark.

A story told smoothly and very well. A richly satisfying film and probably the best gangster crime drama of the year.
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American Gangster (DVD, 2008)

Excellently told story of notorious 1960's and 70's New York drug kingpin Frank Lucas (Denxel Washington). Having been the closest thing to a son to famed Harlem gangster Bumpy Johnson for nearly twenty years, he took over and assumed control of the narcotics traffic in Harlem and practically all of New Jersey, New York City, Connecticut and lower New England. He took the heroin business away from the French and the Mafia, and through his sources in SE Asia, imported vast quantities of pure heroin directly from the producers in Thailand and Cambodia. He bribed police, judges, Aldermen, City Council members, and pilots and Military flight crews transporting personnel and equipment to and from the Vietnam theater. Over the years, Lucas was able to remain transparent, as the authorities were sure that the Mafia was the culprit. Task force leader Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) from New Jersey was the first to identify Lucas and eventually bring him down. Over the years, Lucas made in excess of $1.44Billion, of which at least half went to bribes and payoffs. The product that he put into the marketplace was at least 2-3 times better than anything out there, and was cheaper by far. He was an instant success. It is estimated that his product created somewhere around thirty thousand addicts and also resulted in about 2000-3000 deaths by overdose, murder, and other related violence in a five year period of time. When finally busted, Frank Lucas testified against and was influential in the prosecution of well over two hundred police officers and other legal and judicial officials. He was sentenced for his various crimes to nearly 75 years in prison, but served only about fifteen years. More than $200M in cash and property was seized from Lucas.

This movie, like so many others, tends to portray the villains like Frank Lucas, as good-looking, suave, articulate "gentlemen" who are the benefactors of the neighborhood; just poor, unfortunate, victims of an unequal society. The truth is that Frank Lucas was a murderous, ignorant, violent as hell, piece of human excrement, whom if the legal system had dowsed with gasoline and set on fire, still would have gotten off too easily.
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American Gangster

I am a Fan, to begin this review, of Densel Washington and Russel Crow they approach each role in any movie they perform in with refreshing points of view.I absolutely "LOVED" this Movie. I enjoy the fact Densel does a Great Bad guy role and shows the Multi-faceted personality involved with going so wrong as a Human Being,the stretch some one has to make to rationalise the killings and selling of illegal substances to bring it down in thier own minds to doing "simple" business deals makes me wonder'' How you do that Denzel''Russel Crow plays this Bulldog of a Cop to get the Goods..again I say"How'd you do that"I am amazed by both Actors they are the True Greats of Our time and any chance to see both these Men in any future colaboration will be much awaited for.Loved this Movie Wonderful Actting..and great ensemble casts too..Watch it evolve..its the total flick for a group of friends doing a stay-in night,opens conversations..and hey shouldn't we all "think" after we see a Movie??Love it!!Complicated Characters and Twists and Turns...Read full review...

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American Gangster DVD was great.

The movie was based on a true story. The main character was originally from N.C. and had ties in my hometown. That was why I purchased the DVD. This is not the kind of movie I'm normally into. But it was well made and Denzel is so easy on the eyes that I felt sorry for him at times even though he was the bad guy. The DVD was just what I had ordered, no problems at all. Came quickly to my mailbox. ThanksRead full review...

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Just Like Real Crime

First, I am a big fan of Ridley Scott & his movie makings. This 2-Disc Set is AWESOME! The 2nd disc has the actual persons that Denzel Washington & Russell Crowe portrayed in real life. The real characters had a say & a part in the making of this real story. This is a fast moving 1960's - early 1970's very real & authentic movie. The costumes are fantastic for that era. I highly recommend this part of history which is part of my growing up years with Vietnam being such a huge part of those of us that came through those times. Rent it or Buy it. I highly recommend it to Adults & Mature Audiences.Read full review...

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American Gangster

If you like gangster movies,you will like this movie. Based on true events, Denzell and Russel Crowe put on excellent performances, actually wrapping you up in the action and making you feel like you were there. You will find yourself rooting for both "sides" as they are both able to captivate you with their acting ability and the story line itself.

My husband has watched this movie over and over, and every time I have viewed it with him, I have picked up something I missed the first time. One to watch for sure. Since it was based on real events, this movie will make you want to do some googling of the main characters to get more information on their lives although the movie does a good job of wrapping up their lives into a neat 2 hour package.
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American Gangster

A sprawling mob epic that clearly wants to be a Harlem Scarface, Ridley Scott's gangster flick aims high and mostly measures up. Ambitious, engaging and occasionally even gripping, it never adds much to the genre — but it knows how to stroke genre tropes till they tremble.

Denzel Washington is strong and reasonably persuasive as Frank Lucas, a '70s dope king who, if the movie's version of this torn-from-magazine-headlines tale is accurate, got the bright idea of bribing servicemen to fly thousands of pounds of heroin stateside from Vietnam during combat operations, as if the U.S. military was his own personal FedEx.

An initially outmatched narcotics agent (Russell Crowe) struggles to make minor inroads, which eventually lead to a surprisingly big payoff. Director Scott crosscuts between their stories, mining them for ironic parallels — the gangster's a family man, the cop's a deadbeat dad, both men are principled in their divergent ways — and if the result isn't an instant classic, it's never less than engrossing.
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American Gangster

American Gangster is a 2007 crime film directed by Ridley Scott adapted from a New York magazine story "The Return of Superfly", by Mark Jacobson, starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. Washington portrays Frank Lucas, a real-life gangster from Harlem who smuggled heroin into the United States on American service planes returning from the Vietnam War. Crowe portrays Richie Roberts, a detective attempting to bring down Lucas' drug empireRead full review...

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It was good.

Good movie! I had to watch it for my college class in criminal justice. It has some really good actors in it. It's so hard for me to find some movies at the video store if I need it for class and sometimes the college bookstore does not have it or it is not available. Ebay always has what I need!Read full review...

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