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FULL SYNOPSIS

The violent rise of gangland power in New York City at a time of massive political corruption and the city's evolution into a cultural melting pot set the stage for this lavish historical epic, which director Martin Scorsese finally brought to the screen almost 30 years after he first began to plan the project. In 1846, as waves of Irish immigrants poured into the New York neighborhood of Five Points, a number of citizens of British and Dutch heritage who were born in the United States began making an open display of their resentment toward the new arrivals. William Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis), better known as "Bill the Butcher" for his deadly skill with a knife, bands his fellow "Native Americans" into a gang to take on the Irish immigrants; the immigrants in turn form a gang of their own, "The Dead Rabbits," organized by Priest Vallon (Liam Neeson). After an especially bloody clash between the Natives and the Rabbits leaves Vallon dead, his son goes missing; the boy ends up in a brutal reform school before returning to the Five Points in 1862 as Amsterdam (Leonardo DiCaprio). Now a strapping adult who has learned how to fight, Amsterdam has come to seek vengeance against Bill the Butcher, whose underworld control of the Five Points through violence and intimidation dovetails with the open corruption of New York politician "Boss" Tweed (Jim Broadbent). Amsterdam gradually penetrates Bill the Butcher's inner circle, and he soon becomes his trusted assistant. Amsterdam also finds himself falling for Jenny Everdeane (Cameron Diaz), a beautiful but street-smart thief who was once involved with Bill. Amsterdam is learning a great deal from Bill, but before he can turn the tables on the man who killed his father, Amsterdam's true identity is exposed, even though he has concealed it from nearly everyone, including Jenny. Gangs Of New York was the first film in two years from actor Leonardo DiCaprio; ironically, it was at one time scheduled to open on the same day as Catch Me if You Can, the Steven Spielberg project that DiCaprio began filming immediately after Gangs wrapped. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:December 20, 2002

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ivan Sharrock Best Sound 2002 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Jay Cocks Best Original Screenplay 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jay Cocks Best Original Screenplay 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tom Fleischman Best Sound 2002 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association U2 Best Original Song 2002 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Cameron Diaz Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2002 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Daniel Day-Lewis Best Actor 2002 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Daniel Day-Lewis Best Actor 2002 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Daniel Day-Lewis Best Actor 2002 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Daniel Day-Lewis Best Actor 2002 Winner
Toronto Film Critics Association Daniel Day-Lewis Best Actor - Runner-up 2002 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Daniel Day-Lewis Best Actor 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Daniel Day-Lewis Best Actor 2002 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Daniel Day-Lewis Best Actor 2003 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Harvey Weinstein Best Picture 2002 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Martin Scorsese Best Director 2002 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Martin Scorsese Best Director 2002 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Martin Scorsese Best Director 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Martin Scorsese Best Director 2002 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Martin Scorsese Best Director 2003 Nominee
American Society of Cinematographers Michael Ballhaus Best Cinematography 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Ballhaus Best Cinematography 2002 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Steven Zaillian Best Original Screenplay 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Steven Zaillian Best Original Screenplay 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alberto Grimaldi Best Picture 2002 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Kenneth Lonergan Best Original Screenplay 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kenneth Lonergan Best Original Screenplay 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Thelma Schoonmaker Best Editing 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Larry Mullen, Jr. Best Picture 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences The Edge Best Song 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sandy Powell Best Costume Design 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bono Best Song 2002 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Dante Ferretti Best Production Design 2002 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dante Ferretti Best Art Direction 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Eugene Gearty Best Sound 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Francesca Lo Schiavo Best Art Direction 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Adam Clayton Best Song 2002 Nominee

Cast

Leonardo DiCaprio
as Amsterdam Vallon
Daniel Day-Lewis
as William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher
Cameron Diaz
as Jenny Everdeane
Jim Broadbent
as William "Boss" Tweed
John C. Reilly
as Happy Jack
Liam Neeson
as Priest Vallon
Henry Thomas
as Johnny Sirocco
Brendan Gleeson
as Walter "Monk" McGinn
Gary Lewis
as McGloin
Stephen Graham
as Shang
Eddie Marsan
as Killoran
Alec McCowen
as Reverend Raleigh
David Hemmings
as Mr. Schermerhorn
Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.
as Jimmy Spoils
Cara Seymour
as Hell-Cat Maggie
Roger Ashton-Griffiths
as P.T. Barnum
Peter-Hugo Daly
as One-Armed Priest
Cian McCormack
as Young Amsterdam
Ilaria d'Elia
Dominique Vandenberg

Crew

Martin Scorsese
Director
Harvey Weinstein
Producer
Alberto Grimaldi
Producer
Herbert Asbury
Book Author
Jay Cocks
Screen Story
Jay Cocks
Screenwriter
Kenneth Lonergan
Screenwriter
Steven Zaillian
Screenwriter
Michael Ballhaus
Cinematographer
Howard Shore
Composer (Music Score)
Bono
Songwriter
Adam Clayton
Songwriter
The Edge
Songwriter
Larry Mullen, Jr.
Songwriter
Thelma Schoonmaker
Editor
Dante Ferretti
Production Designer
Maria Teresa Barbasso
Art Director
Nazzareno Piana
Art Director
Dimitri Capuani
Art Director
Stefano M. Ortolani
Supervising Art Director
Alessandro Alberti
Art Director
Laura Fattori
Co-producer
Joseph P. Reidy
Co-producer
Gerry Robert Byrne
Associate Producer
Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Rick Yorn
Executive Producer
Michael Ovitz
Executive Producer
Graham King
Executive Producer
Maurizio Grimaldi
Executive Producer
Michael Hausman
Executive Producer
Sandy Powell
Costume Designer
Francesca Lo Schiavo
Set Decorator
Tom Fleischman
Sound/Sound Designer
Ivan Sharrock
Sound/Sound Designer
Eugene Gearty
Sound/Sound Designer
Vic Armstrong
First Assistant Director
Joseph P. Reidy
First Assistant Director
Luc Sante
Consultant/advisor
Ellen Lewis
Casting
Graham King
Co-Executive Producer
Robbie Robertson
Executive Music Producer
G.A. Aguilar
Stunts Coordinator
Florian Ballhaus
Additional Cinematography
Rick Schwartz
Co-Executive Producer
Philip Stockton
Supervising Sound Editor
Rachel Griffiths
Script Supervisor
Robert Guerra
Technical Director
Colin Vaines
Co-Executive Producer
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