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American Gangster

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Release Date: November 2, 2007
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Ridley Scott
Screenwriter: Steve Zaillian
Starring: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Josh Brolin, Armand Assante, RZA, John Ortiz, John Hawkes, Ted Levine, Common
Genre: Crime, Drama
MPAA Rating: R (for violence, pervasive drug content and language, nudity and sexuality)
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Review: 7.5/10 rating
DVD Review: 8/10 rating
DVD: Blu-ray Disc | DVD (2-Disc Unrated Extended Edition) | DVD (3-Disc Collector's Edition)
Movie Poster: One-Sheet | Poster 1 | Poster 2
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Plot Summary: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Brian Grazer, Steve Zaillian and Ridley Scott team to tell the true juggernaut success story of a cult hero from the streets of 1970s Harlem in "American Gangster."

Nobody used to notice Frank Lucas (OscarŽ winner Washington), the quiet driver to one of the inner city's leading black crime bosses. But when his boss suddenly dies, Frank exploits the opening in the power structure to build his own empire and create his own version of the American Dream. Through ingenuity and a strict business ethic, he comes to rule the inner-city drug trade, flooding the streets with a purer product at a better price. Lucas outplays all of the leading crime syndicates and becomes not only one of the city's mainline corrupters, but part of its circle of legit civic superstars.

Richie Roberts (OscarŽ winner Crowe) is an outcast cop close enough to the streets to feel a shift of control in the drug underworld. Roberts believes someone is climbing the rungs above the known Mafia families and starts to suspect that a black power player has come from nowhere to dominate the scene. Both Lucas and Roberts share a rigorous ethical code that sets them apart from their own colleagues, making them lone figures on opposite sides of the law. The destinies of these two men will become intertwined as they approach a confrontation where only one of them can come out on top.

Washington ("Training Day") and Crowe ("Gladiator") lead a spectacular cast of accomplished and rising stars--including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Josh Brolin, Armand Assante, RZA, John Ortiz, John Hawkes and Ted Levine in this blistering tale of a true American entrepreneur directed by OscarŽ nominee Ridley Scott ("Gladiator") and produced by Academy AwardŽ winner Brian Grazer ("A Beautiful Mind") and Scott from a screenplay by Academy AwardŽ winner Steve Zaillian ("Schindler's List").

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Featurette - 'From River to River' (9.27.07):
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12 Clips (10.17.07):
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Clip 13 - 'The Right Thing to Do' (11.1.07):
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Clip 14 - 'Frank Lucas' (11.1.07):
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