Thriller av Ridley Scott med Denzel Washington och Russell Crowe. 

Filmen berättar den sanna framgångssagan om Frank Lucas, en småtjuv från Harlem som under 1970 talet tar sig upp genom gangsterhierarkin och skapar sig ett brottsimperium. Hans namn når kultstatus innan han slutligen stoppas av en ensam snut, vars enda drivkraft är att rensa gatorna från brott. Den hårdkokte snuten Richie Roberts bestämmer sig dock för att hitta Lucas och få honom fälld. Roberts jakt på Lucas utvecklas till en hjärnornas kamp mellan två män på varsin sida om lagen. 

Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Steven Zaillian, Mark Jacobson (article)
Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor

IMDb betyg: 7.8
Original title American Gangster
Production country USA | UK
Language English
Subtitle DanskaNorskaSvenska
Recommended age 15
Runtime 157 min
Color Color
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
IMDb link tt0765429

 

Nominated: Oscar

Nominated: Golden Globe

Nominated: Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music
Nominated: BAFTA Film Award

Won: Movies for Grownups Award

Won: EDA Female Focus Award

Nominated: Excellence in Production Design Award

Nominated: Austin Film Critics Award

Nominated: AFI International Award

Won: BET Award

Nominated: Critics Choice Award

2nd place: COFCA Award

Won: Empire Award

Nominated: Golden Trailer

Nominated: Grammy

Nominated: Image Award

Nominated: Golden Reel Award

Nominated: MTV Movie Award

Won: Audience Award

Won: Satellite Award

Won: World Soundtrack Award

Won: Taurus Award

Crowe has rarely been better, and the same goes for director Scott, who parallels and then dovetails Lucas and Roberts’ stories with sublime, gritty precision, working up to a magnificent ”Godfather III”-style crosscutting sequence that electrifies an already explosive tale.

Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle

Call it the black ”Scarface” or ”the Harlem Godfather” or just one hell of an exciting movie.

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

It’s workmanlike and engrossing, but what sticks in the mind are Frank and Richie, not what anybody does.

Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter

Absorbing, exciting at times and undeniably entertaining, and is poised to be a major commercial hit. But great it’s not.

Todd McCarthy, Variety

The pace of the movie is rapid, almost hectic, the touch glancing. Until the confrontation between Frank and Richie at the end, nothing stays on the screen for long, although Scott, working in the street, or in clubs and at parties, packs as much as he can into the corners of shots, and shapes even the most casual scenes decisively.

David Denby, The New Yorker

As archetypal as its title, Ridley Scott’s would-be epic aspires to enshrine Harlem dope king Frank Lucas in Hollywood heaven, heir to Scarface and the Godfather. Or, as suggested by the Mark Jacobson article on Lucas that inspired the movie, a real-life Superfly.

J. Hoberman, Village Voice