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King of New York (Widescreen) [Import]
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Walken/Caruso/Fishburne ~ King Of New York
This low-budget crime thriller has the feel of a major blockbuster and owes its roots to the hard-edged crime movies of the 1930s. Christopher Walken stars as a drug kingpin who is released from prison and vows to use his position and influence--and criminal enterprise--for charitable means. But a core group of New York cops are all over him and his gang, determined to go to war, whatever the cost, to bring him down. Eventually his empire--headquartered at, of all places, Donald Trump's Plaza Hotel--crumbles under the weight of double-crossing and a body count of open warfare with the cops. This is one of the most stylish films of the last decade, with a strong supporting cast (including Lawrence Fishburne, Wesley Snipes, and David Caruso) and some truly enthralling set pieces, including a stunning car chase and gunfight across a rain-soaked Queensboro Bridge. The film's tongue-in-cheek, over-the-top style offsets its nihilism; and its riveting visuals will have audiences hooked from beginning to end. --Robert Lane --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The director is a very very sick dude, folks, who hates the police and makes films which accuse the police of being responsible for everything thats bad in this world- both Bad Lieutenant and this film contain the cop haters theme to the max.
What makes this director a nihlistic sick mother is his attitude and language in his commentary (which quite frankly I enjoy!)- during the film his voice-over commentary reveals a sick mind- every woman who appears on the screen is singled out by the director and called a "piece of ..." while other such ditties do not pass unnoticed. This director has a serious mental abberation, a problem which he uses film to work out- hes basically working out his emotional problems by directing very sick films. While I enjoy his choice of language in the commentary and his absolute honesty, I cant help thinking what a sick mother this director is in real life.
It's shot across an array of locations including Sing-Sing, Donald Trump's Plaza Hotel, and various crack-lanes; it weaves seamlessly between an original score, and the music of Vivaldi and Schooly D; the film is meticulously colour-coded (as pointed out by Nick Johnstone in his book) to add up to a cold critique of the red WHITE and blue, the all-American war-on-drugs; the tempo is expertly-managed, the movie simmers for a while then explodes into heavy-metal carnage, and then it dies with a sad whimper. The film is spectacularly violent, but think about the handling of the violence. There's a big Peckinpah slo-mo shootout, then the audacious shootout in Chinatown. But in the 2nd half of the movie the deaths are direct, painful to watch, and pitiful in their execution.
And then there's the cast: Walken was never better. He mesmirises you, brilliantly charismatic. And he looks so otherworldy, what with the hair and the deathly complexion, he's like the man who fell to Earth, the oddest looking 'hero' you've ever seen. Fishburne reinvented a character imagined for James Russo and the whole movie turns on that transition. Its simply impossible to imagine how it could have worked ½ as well with Russo, or any1 else for that matter.Read more ›
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The story seems rushed, but I watch it for a beautiful Christopher Walken! :)Published 7 months ago by Anthea
Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma, Tarantino fans?.... Add Abel Ferrera to this list. This gritty, dark direction is sure to please the mob movies fans among you. Read morePublished on April 16 2014 by DavidGDisherToronto
Love this gangster film set in New York with one of my all-time favorite actors Christopher Walken with Laurence Fishbourne who is just another amazing addition to this cast. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2013 by Mrs. Terisa Turba
Ranking up there with Scarface and even Goodfellas, King of New York is one of the best gangster films ever made, thanks largely in part to the magnetic and explosive performance... Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by N. Durham
This is one of Chris Walkens best movie, rated and nomminated for 4 oscars, King of New York is a classic gangstar movie based on 1930s crime caper lifestyle and the hunger of... Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by The Critic
seriously underrated,overlooked and unappriciated.this movie will stand the test of time and be looked at as one of the best gangster films ever made. Read morePublished on April 23 2004 by B. Fitzgerald
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