American Gangster

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Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States. As a result, his product is superior to what is currently available on the street and his prices are lower. His alliance with the New York Mafia ensures his position. It is also the story of a dedicated and honest policeman, Richie Roberts, who heads up a joint narcotics task force with the Federal government. Based on a true story.

Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: Steven Zaillian, Mark Jacobson (article)
Production: Universal Pictures
Year: 2007
MetaScore: 76/100
ImdbRating: 7.8
BoxOffice: $130,127,620
Released: 02 Nov 2007
Awards: Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 35 nominations.


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Ya are what ya are in this world
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It's got enemies
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The most important thing in business is honesty
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The man I worked for
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It's not in my best interest to say this Frank
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Knocking it off
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Frank Lucas don't run from nobody
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Even a fool gets to be young once
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Happy Thanksgiving
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Joe Louis shook his hand
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Bumpy ain't hardly ever go out no more
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Understand what I'm saying
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Movie Quotes

Movie Cast

Frank Lucas - Denzel Washington
Richie Roberts - Russell Crowe
Huey Lucas - Chiwetel Ejiofor
Detective Trupo - Josh Brolin
Lou Toback - Ted Levine
Freddie Spearman - John Hawkes
Alfonse Abruzzo - Yul Vazquez
Jimmy Zee - Malcolm Goodwin
Mama Lucas - Ruby Dee
Laurie Roberts - Carla Gugino
Michael Roberts - Skyler Fortgang
Javier J. Rivera - John Ortiz
Nicky Barnes - Cuba Gooding Jr.
Dominic Cattano - Armand Assante
Mrs. Dominic Cattano - Kathleen Garrett
Charlie Williams - Joe Morton
Joey Sadano - Ritchie Coster
Joe Louis - Bari K. Willerford
Tango - Idris Elba
Turner Lucas - Common
Melvin Lucas - Warner Miller
Terrence Lucas - Albert Jones
Dexter Lucas - J. Kyle Manzay
Redtop - Melissia Hill
Darlynn - Quisha Saunders
Campizi - Kevin Corrigan
McCann - Robert Funaro
Rossi - Jon Polito
Banker - Tom O'Rourke
Police Captain - Robert C. Kirk
2-Star General - Tom Stearns
Richie's Attorney - KaDee Strickland
Judge James Racine (as John Devries) - Jon DeVries
Bailiff - Jim R. Coleman
Laurie's Attorney - Lee Shepard
Mike Sobota - Gavin Grazer
Social Worker - Linda Powell
Paramedic - Roxanne Amandez
Detective in Morgue - Norman Reedus
Stewardess - Pierra Francesca
Detective at Party - Eddie Rouse
Real Estate Broker (as Mary Ann Urbano) - Maryann Urbano
Serviceman in Cafe - Cedric Sanders
Serviceman in Cafe - Jason Veasey
Army Captain - Roosevelt Davis
US Attorney - Roger Bart
White Kid - Eric Silver
Tango Bodyguard - Mitchell Green
Tango's Woman - Saycon Sengbloh
Tough Teenager - Conor Romero
Tough Teenager - Daniel Hilt
Tough Teenager - Daniel Farcher
Civilian Cleaning Staff - David Spearman
Civilian Cleaning Staff - Maurice Ballard
TV Newscaster - Paul Doherty
Baptist Minister (as William Tate) - William C. Tate
Frank's Lawyer - George Lee Miles
Bailiff - Jason Furlani
Reporter on TV - Chris McKinney
Chinese General - Ric Young
Army Colonel - David Wayne Britton
Medical Examiner - Tommy Guiffre
Paramedic - Laurence Lowry
Army Captain - Dan Moran
Charlene - Marjorie Johnson
FBI Agent - Larry Mitchell
Private Doctor - Chuck Cooper
Law School Professor - Kevin Geer
Judge - Sam Freed
Chemist - Joey Klein
4th Amigo (as Scotty Dillin) - Scott Dillin
Funk Band Singer - Anthony Hamilton
Assistant Prosecutor (as Sarah Hudnut) - Sarah Hudnut Brody
Metal Door Worker - Jeff Greene
Drug Dealer - Tyson Hall
Drug Dealer - Kirt Harding
Drug Dealer - Bryant Pearson
Mechanic (as Alfredo Luis Santos) - Al Santos
Dealer (as William Hudson) - Lil Chuuch
Casket Loader - Dylan Gallagher
Narc Officer (as Jehan-Pierre Vassau) - Jehan-Pierre 'The Preacher' Vassau
Narc Officer (as Dawn A. Douglas) - Dawn Douglas
Cop in Narc Headquarters - Robbie Neigeborn
Man Arrested in Elevator - Clinton Lowe
Head Wedding Photographer - Wilhelm Lewis
Deacon - James Hunter
Deacon - Neville White
Prison Guard - Lonnie Gaetano
Officer Walsh - Jeff Mantel
The Proctor - Serena Joan Springle
Judge - Ron Piretti
Announcer - Nino Del Buono
Referee (as Arthur M. Mercante) - Arthur Mercante
Policeman - Panama Redd
Piano Player - Robert Wiggins
Smalls Patron - Fab 5 Freddy
Store Manager - Jonah Denizard
Mounted Policeman - Steve McAuliff
Dancer - Karen Adisson
Dancer (as Cicely Daniels) - Cicily Daniels
Dancer (as Andrea Rose Edmead) - Andrea Edmead
Dancer (as Celestina Henry) - Celestine Rae
Dancer (as Luam Keflezghi) - Luam Keflezgy
Dancer (as Monique Lea) - Monique Gall
Dancer - Tamara Marrow
Dancer (as Shannon McMillan) - Shannon MacMillan
Dancer - Kesha Nichols
Dancer - Krista Saab
Dancer - Luis Salgado
Dancer (as Carlos Sierra-Lopez) - Carlos Sierra Lopez
Dancer (as LaTonya Tolbert) - Latonya Tolbert
Singer - Sandra Park
Spectator - Brian Albanese
Cop in Squad Room - Mauricio Alexander
Narc Squad Detective - Brian Keith Allen
Army Soldier - Tony Terrell Alston
Woman at the Club - Andrea Barnett
Wilt Chamberlain - Fred Benjamin
Thug #4 - Ephraim Benton
Spectator - Aj Billions
Neighborhood Man - Lloyd Booker
Pvt First Class Ward - Taylor Brandon
Red Carpet Walker - Myo Campbell
Bartender - Dj Nino Carta
Restaurant Ambassador - Kal Cauthen
Checker Player - Daniel R. Cooper
Narc Officer in Hallway - J.W. Cortes
Student taking bar exam - Tom Coughlin
Soldier - Dono Cunningham
Frank McNamara - Cris D'Annunzio
Hustler - Ernest Dancy
Nicky Barnes Bodyguard - Makeia Davis
Undercover Cop - Michael Den Dekker
Nicky's Girl - Ev Depaolis
Soldier - Mark DiConzo
Club Dancer - Monique Dupree
Housing Resident - Brian Edwards
Club Dancer - Sharlene Falls
Cop in Squad Car - Mark Falvo
Gangster at Funeral - Joseph Ferrante
Bridesmaid - Wanda Ferreiras
Hallway Guy - Eddie Goines
Soldier - Jeremy Good
Drug Room Door Security - Kelvin Hale
1971 Penthouse Party Guest - Johnathan Hallgrey
Mechanic Drug Dealer - Gabriel Hansen
Kid Gangster #1 - Jermel Howard
Bookie / Soldier - Hristo Hristov
Lucas - Drug Enforcer - Brevard Hudson
Nicky Barnes Right Hand Man - Joe James
Rock Star - Ali-Frazier Match - Mark A. Keeton
Pedestrian - Khafre King
Frank Lucas Bodyguard - Atif Lanier
Elevator Mom with Kids - Nikolett Lemmon
Harlem Junkie - Tina Lorraine
Nicky Barnes' Guy - Shawn Luckey
Dying Junkie - Racheline Maltese
Bystander - Nick Mastromarco
Marie Saldano - Frances Mignano
Baseball Player - Ismaelpeter Casillas Nelson
Bartender - Walter Wiz Nichols
Gangster - Robert Nicotra
Self (archive footage) - Richard Nixon
Newark Detective - Daniel Nugent
Muhammad Ali Trainer - Richard O'Brien
Muhammad Ali - Jerrod Paige
Smalls Patron - Michelle Joan Papillion
Mobster - Artie Pasquale
Factory Worker - Tasha Perri
Building Maintenance Guy - Kevin Pinassi
Drug Addict - Anthony Pittman
Mobster - Nick Poltoranin
Gangster - Bartolo Raffaele
Maid of Honor - Paula Rittie
Narc Detective - Enrique Sebastian Rivas
Elevator Kid with Mom and Sister - Germir Robinson
Teenage Vandal - Louis Rosario
Army Soldier - Niko Rusakov
Corrupt Undercover Detective - Vincent James Russo
Bookkeeper - Billy Smith
Nicky's Girl - Aija Terauda
Street Kid - Karl Thwaites
Wilt Chamberlain's Girl / Waitress - Brigid Turner
Diana Ross - Tammy Vaughn
Skeet Shoot Handler - Philippe Vonlanthen
Smalls Doorman - Julian Walker
Detective Reynolds - Adrain Washington
MSG Spectator - Craig Weintraub
Bumpy Johnson - Clarence Williams III
Trupo's Detective in Library - Brad Lee Wind
Photographer - Ray Wineteer
Funeral Mourner - Dolores Winn
Moses Jones -
Stevie Lucas -