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American Gangster Details

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Director Ridley Scott spins this yarn concerning a Harlem drug kingpin (Denzel Washington) who smuggles heroin into the country by hiding it in the bodies of U.S. soldiers killed during battle in Vietnam. There was a time when no one noticed reserved driver Frank Lucas (Washington), but when the criminal kingpin he was charged with transporting through the city streets suddenly dies, Lucas seizes the opportunity to build his own criminal empire. In the following months, Lucas solidifies his status as Harlem's most innovative drug dealer by delivering a product that is purer than the competitors' and cheaper, as well. When innovative businessman Lukas attempts to go semi-legit by becoming one of the Manhattan borough's biggest civil supporters, however, street-savvy outcast cop Ritchie Roberts (Russell Crowe) begins to sense a sizable shift in the hierarchy of the drug underworld. But Roberts is one of the few honest detectives operating within a corrupt system, and as he sets out to investigate the case, crooked detective Trupo (Josh Brolin) does everything in his power to compromise the integrity of his idealistic counterpart. Upon clearing all of the usual Mafia-connected suspects, Roberts begins to believe that a previously unknown black power player has come out of the woodwork to dominate the local drug trade. While Roberts and Lucas may be operating on opposite sides of the law, the one thing that both men have in common is a strict code of ethics that separates them from their opportunistic colleagues. Now, as a confrontation between the two men becomes inevitable and the fate of each becomes inexorably tied to the other, it gradually becomes apparent that only one of them will emerge from the conflict victorious. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:November 2, 2007

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Harris Savides Best Cinematography 2007 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Marc Streitenfeld Best Music 2007 Nominee
Art Directors Guild Arthur Max Best Art Direction in a Period Film 2007 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Arthur Max Best Art Direction 2007 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Pietro Scalia Best Editing 2007 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Brian Grazer Best Picture 2007 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Denzel Washington Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2007 Nominee
Golden Satellite Award Denzel Washington Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2007 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Ridley Scott Best Picture 2007 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ridley Scott Best Director 2007 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Ruby Dee Best Supporting Actress 2007 Winner
African American Film Critics Ruby Dee Best Supporting Actress 2007 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ruby Dee Best Supporting Actress 2007 Nominee
Golden Satellite Award Ruby Dee Best Supporting Actress 2007 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Steven Zaillian Best Original Screenplay 2007 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Beth A. Rubino Best Art Direction 2007 Nominee

Cast

Denzel Washington
as Frank Lucas
Russell Crowe
as Richie Roberts
Chiwetel Ejiofor
as Huey Lucas
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
as Nicky Barnes
Josh Brolin
as Det. Trupo
Ted Levine
as Lou Toback
Armand Assante
as Dominic Cattano
Clarence Williams III
as Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson
John Ortiz
as Javier J. Rivera
John Hawkes
as Freddie Spearman
RZA
as Moses Jones
Lymari Nadal
as Eva
Yul Vázquez
as Alfonse Abruzzo
Ruby Dee
as Mama Lucas
Idris Elba
as Tango
Carla Gugino
as Laurie Roberts
Joe Morton
as Charlie Williams
Common
as Turner Lucas
Jon Polito
as Rossi
Kevin Corrigan
as Campizi
Roger Guenveur Smith
as Nate
Malcolm Goodwin
as Jimmy Zee
Ric Young
as Chinese General
Roger Bart
as U.S. Attorney
Tip "T.I." Harris
as Stevie Lucas
KaDee Strickland
as Richie's Attorney
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
as Doc
Norman Reedus
as Detective in Morgue
J. Kyle Manzay
as Dexter Lucas
Warner Miller
as Melvin Lucas
Albert Jones
as Terrence Lucas
Hamilton Clancy
as Seller
Warner Miller
as Melvin Lucas
Hamilton Clancy
as Seller
Albert Jones
as Terrence Lucas
J. Kyle Manzay
as Dexter Lucas

Crew

Ridley Scott
Director
Ridley Scott
Producer
Brian Grazer
Producer
Steven Zaillian
Screenwriter
Harris Savides
Cinematographer
Kathy Nelson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Marc Streitenfeld
Composer (Music Score)
Pietro Scalia
Editor
Arthur Max
Production Designer
Nicholas Lundy
Art Director
Sarah Bowen
Co-producer
Jonathan Filley
Co-producer
Karen Kehela Sherwood
Executive Producer
Michael Costigan
Executive Producer
Nicholas Pileggi
Executive Producer
Steven Zaillian
Executive Producer
Branko Lustig
Executive Producer
Beth A. Rubino
Set Decorator
Leslie Rollins
Set Decorator
Janty Yates
Costume Designer
William Sarokin
Sound/Sound Designer
Avy Kaufman
Casting
Michael Minkler
Re-Recording Mixer
Alexander Witt
Second Unit Director
Bob Beemer
Re-Recording Mixer
Per Hallberg
Supervising Sound Editor
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