Plot Summary: American Gangster is the biopic of Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington), a self-driven black man who escaped the segregation era south to become a drug kingpin in Harlem. Lucas started out as a driver for a mobster and learned the ropes. When his patron died, Lucas seized the opportunity to build his empire by smuggling cheap, high quality heroin in the coffins of soldiers that died in Vietnam. This movie will examine the parallels between Lucas and the cop that finally took him down, Detective Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe), both of whom managed to stick to their own personal code of ethics despite the greed and corruption around them.
November 2nd, 2007 (wide)
February 19th, 2008 (DVD)
Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cuba Gooding Jr., Josh Brolin, Armand Assante, RZA, John Ortiz, John Hawkes, Ted Levine, Common, T.I.
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Rated R for violence, pervasive drug content and language, nudity and sexuality.