American Gangster

BBB

(out of 5)


Small-time hood loses his mentor and goes into business for himself, eventually making himself the top-drawer heroin kingpin in 1970s New York. Creating an empire that sees him shipping in high-quality product direct from Asia at prices lower than his competition, Washington eventually catches the attention of a Serpico-clean cop () who can’t be bribed. Ridley Scott’s attempt to enter the canon of great crime sagas is far from the likes of The Long Good Friday or GoodFellas; while he is a masterful image maker, with kudos especially going to cinematographer Harris Savides and production designer Arthur Max for creating the period with dazzling effect, the story is never particularly engaging. It’s never boring either, but the proceedings from criminal success to eventual police bust are observed from a distance and never draw the audience in to the emotional catharsis of watching the good guys win. The supporting cast is superb, easily covering up for the fact that Washington is phoning in his performance and that Crowe is trying too hard to sell his phony accent.


USA, 2007

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the article The Return Of Superfly by

Cinematography by

Produced by , Ridley Scott

Music by 

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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Academy Award Nominations
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Ruby Dee as “Mama Lucas”)
Best Art Direction (art direction: Arthur Max; set decoration: Beth A. Rubino)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Denzel Washington)
Best Director (Ridley Scott)

Screen Actors Guild Award
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Ruby Dee)

Nomination
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

British Academy Award Nominations
Best Film
Best Screenplay – Original
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music


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