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The gritty underbelly of New York's complex, ethnically divided criminal world is exposed in this dark drama from director Abel Ferrara. Christopher Walken stars as Frank White, a drug lord who's just been released from a long stint in prison. Aware that feeding off of society's depravity has made him a wealthy man, Frank has become determined to give something back to the city, and he hatches a scheme to build a multimillion-dollar public hospital in one of Brooklyn's worst ghetto neighborhoods. Needing the assistance of his fellow criminals to pull it off, Frank and his adjutant Jimmy Jump (Laurence Fishburne) encounter a wall of resistance from every faction, including drug-trade partner Lance Wong (Joey Chin) and temperamental cop Dennis Gilley (David Caruso). Frank's do-gooder efforts ultimately result in a Mob war and in a bloody showdown between the city's various ethnic criminal actions. Ferrara followed King of New York with a similarly themed film that many critics considered his masterpiece, Ferrara (1992). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:July 18, 1990


Awarded by
Independent Spirit Awards Bojan Bazelli Best Cinematography 1990 Nominee


Christopher Walken
as Frank White
David Caruso
as Dennis Gilley
Laurence Fishburne
as Jimmy Jump
Victor Argo
as Roy Bishop
Wesley Snipes
as Thomas Flannigan
Janet Julian
as Jennifer Poe
Joey Chin
as Larry Wong
Giancarlo Esposito
as Lance
Paul Calderon
as Joey Dalesio
Steve Buscemi
as Test Tube
Theresa Randle
as Raye
Leonard Thomas
as Blood
Roger Guenveur Smith
as Tanner
Carrie Nygren
as Melanie
Freddie Jackson
Sari Chang
as Special Appearance
Vanessa Angel
as British Female
Phoebe Legere
as Bordello Woman
Pete Hamill
as Special Appearance
Peter Richardson
as Emperor Jones
Jack Goode, Jr.
as Palladium Patron
Michael Guess
as Carter
Ernest Abuba
as King Tito
Randall Sabusawa
Gary Landon Mills
as Chilly
Nancy Hunter
as Millie
Erica Gimpel
as Dr. Shute
Harold Perrineau, Jr.
as Thug Leader
Robert La Sardo
as Italian Guard
Frank Adonis
as Paul Calgari
Frank Gio
as Arty Clay
Wendell Sweda
as Man at Breakfast Table
James Lorinz
as Tip Connoly


Abel Ferrara
Mary Kane
Bojan Bazelli
Anthony Redman
Alex Tavoularis
Production Designer
Stephanie Ziemer
Art Director
Randall Sabusawa
Associate Producer
Jay Julien
Executive Producer
Vittorio Squillante
Executive Producer
Sonja Roth
Set Designer
Carol Ramsey
Costume Designer
Phil Neilson