18 certificateAmerican Gangster is a Film programme that first aired in 2007 and has been classified a 18 certificate.

American Gangster is a 4 star programme

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American Gangster (2007)

Directed by
Ridley Scott

Harlem drug dealer Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) rises to power in corrupt 1970s New York, equalling and surpassing the notorious Mafia families with the reach of his empire. On the other side of the law, honest cop Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) dedicates himself to taking down "the most dangerous man walking the streets". Lucas acts with impunity, smuggling heroin into the US in the coffins of American soldiers killed in Vietnam, but Roberts's single-minded determination outmanoeuvres even this most wily of operators.

Based on a true story, Ridley Scott's epic morality tale is a brilliant addition to the overblown gangster canon. Outstanding performances from the two leads are matched by an exemplary supporting cast, from Josh Brolin's corrupt cop to Chiwetel Ejiofor as Lucas's adulatory younger brother.

A powerful, punchy drama that doesn't waste a moment of its running time.

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Genre: Film

Production Year: 2007

4/5 Stars

Classification: 18 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Denzel WashingtonDenzel Washington...Frank Lucas
Image for Russell CroweRussell Crowe...Det. Richie Roberts
Image for Chiwetel EjioforChiwetel Ejiofor...Huey Lucas
Image for Josh BrolinJosh Brolin...Det. Trupo
Lymari Nadal...Eva
Image for Ted LevineTed Levine...Det. Lou Toback
Roger Guenveur Smith...Nate
Image for John HawkesJohn Hawkes...Det. Freddie Spearman
RZA...Moses Jones
Image for Yul VazquezYul Vazquez...Alphonse Abruzzo
Malcolm Goodwin...Jimmy Zee
Image for Ruby DeeRuby Dee...Mama Lucas
Ruben Santiago-Hudson...Doc
Image for Carla GuginoCarla Gugino...Laurie Roberts
Skyler Fortgang...Michael Roberts