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American Gangster [Blu-ray]

Denzel Washington , Russell Crowe , Ridley Scott    Unrated   Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Academy Award® winners Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe team with director Ridley Scott (Gladiator) in this powerful, epic story. Armed with ruthless tactics and a strict sense of honor, crime boss Frank Lucas (Washington) rules Harlem's chaotic drug underworld. When outcast cop Richie Roberts (Crowe) sets out to bring down Lucas's multimillion-dollar empire, it plunges both men into a legendary confrontation.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great direction for Scott. June 7 2010
By H-F
Format:Blu-ray
Not mentioned on the cover except in small lettering on the backcover: 2 versions are included - Theatrical version and Unrated extended version.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blacksploitation films are not dead Dec 21 2013
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I'm tired of hearing people say that all good movies come from the 70s. Blaxploitation (aka Urban Action flicks) films still comes around from time to time & here's one good example. Starring Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington in a almost all-black cast film about real life heroin dealer Frank Lucas. Its a great story sets in the early 70s in Harlem and its the kind of movie that definitely deserve a second watch, after seeing it in theaters. Glad I bought that one.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fait vécu March 26 2013
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Les histoires autour des faits vécus revêtes toujours un caractère particulier. Denzel Washington y joue un rôle assez percutant d'une personne qui ne recule devant rien pour assurer son confort et celui de ces proches.Le jeu de Russel Crowe est aussi très crédible et admirablement bien joué.
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5.0 out of 5 stars american gangster Feb. 5 2013
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great performance as usual from denzel he sure knows how to portray any character with truly believable acting; you can be sure any of his movies is going to be a winner
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I like this movie for what it's worth. We're treated to either side of mobster film, both unlawful and law enforcement; "American Gangster" plays like an assortment of 'Scarface' (there's a ruthless low hit-man becoming a drug emperor), 'The Godfather' (a calm, respectful, business like man rules over his mafia empire), 'The French Connection' (undercover cops go pursuing cryptic criminals in America, who do business in foreign lands), 'The Untouchables' (incorruptible good cop selects hand-picked team of cops he trusts to bring down notorious gangland leader), and you know all the rest. It's an intriguing, entertaining, and entrancing crime story. "American Gangster" is a solid mob movie. It's amazing watching this film and realizing how long he went unnoticed and unsuspected by the NYPD.

Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington hand in non-surprising solid performances and Ridley Scott directs the story tastefully, although it could have used a bit more speed. You find yourself looking at your watch a couple of times. Where Scorsese and even De Palma have directed overlong gangster movies that keep you on the edge of your seat from the first minute to the last, Scott made this one as unagitated as most of his great movies ("Alien", "Blade Runner", "Gladiatior") - and apparently people like him for it, so maybe it's just me who's got a problem with that.

Personally, I didn't feel connected enough. The main characters don't ever meet each other until the very end and then it's over way too quickly. Especially, Denzel Washington's change of ambition seems a bit rushed there and the ending is more than a bit reminiscent of "GoodFellas". Pretty much the whole film doesn't really feel fresh anymore even though I took well to Washington's role.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Either you're somebody, or you ain't nobody." March 22 2008
By Kona TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:HD DVD
Harlem thug Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) wants very much to be Somebody, and his ticket to the top is heroin, imported from Vietnam with the help of the military there and a large contingent of dirty cops here. Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) is a street-wise cop who makes it his business to track down the man who's running this drug racket.

This was the longest 157 minutes I've ever spent in a movie theatre. One of the problems with this film was that neither the hero (Richie) nor the villain (Frank) was a sympathetic character and I didn't care how it ended (although the epilogue shocked me). Gum-chomping Richie admits he's not a fit father and has no qualms about roughing people up in the line of duty. Frank is a slick, soulless fiend with no regard for human life. To say this movie is violent would be an understatement, but after watching so much depravity and cruelty, one becomes jaded and I stopped caring altogether.

The biggest weakness was that the two stars share the screen for a only few minutes. I was waiting and waiting to see these acting titans play off each other, and when it finally happened, it was disappointing. Washington definitely out-acts Crowe in a flashier role, and for his memorable performance, I gave the movie three stars. Very much a guy-film.
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