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Gangs of New York
- Leonardo Dicaprio

Overview - Director Martin Scorsese revisits New York City's notorious past with this dazzling historical drama. A throwback to the epics of yesteryear, GANGS OF NEW YORK is set in the mid-1800s, when the streets of lower Manhattan were teeming with tension and violence.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Director Martin Scorsese revisits New York City's notorious past with this dazzling historical drama. A throwback to the epics of yesteryear, GANGS OF NEW YORK is set in the mid-1800s, when the streets of lower Manhattan were teeming with tension and violence. Leonardo DiCaprio is Amsterdam Vallon, the son of a revered gang leader (Liam Neeson). As a youth, Amsterdam witnessed the death of his father at the hands of William "The Butcher" Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis), the maniacally driven ruler of the city's most powerful gang. Sixteen years later, Amsterdam is finally released from the orphanage that raised him. Determined to avenge his father's death, Amsterdam makes his way back to the volatile Five Points to track down Cutting and exact revenge. As he gradually infiltrates Bill the Butcher's camp and earns the crazed gangster's respect, he must also contend with the tumultuous, but beautiful, Jenny Everdean (Cameron Diaz). DiCaprio and Diaz are impressive in their respective roles, but it is Day-Lewis who steals the show. Resurfacing after a five-year retirement, the Irish actor delivers a performance that is at once cartoonish, electrifying, comical, sincere, and deeply moving. By paying tribute to the early days of New York City in such a grand, spectacular manner, Scorsese also pays tribute to cinema itself.

Cast List

Cameron Diaz - American Actress/THE MASK
Steven Zaillian - Screenwriter/ Director
Steve Zaillian - Screenwriter/ Director
Leonardo DiCaprio - American actor, TITANIC (1997), THE AVIATOR, GANGS OF NEW YO
Leonardo Di Caprio - American actor, TITANIC (1997), THE AVIATOR, GANGS OF NEW YO
Cara Seymour - DANCER IN THE DARK
Harvey Weinstein - Film producer
Jay Cocks - Screenwriter
Jim Broadbent - British actor
James Broadbent - British actor
Ken Lonergan - Screenwriter
Kenneth Lonergan - Screenwriter
Henry Thomas - American actor, E.T./GANGS OF NEW YORK
Michael Ballhaus - German Director Of Photography/In USA
Daniel Day-Lewis - British Actor, AGE OF INNOCENCE (1993)
Martin Scorsese - American director/screenwriter/producer, GOODFELLAS (1990)
William Kiernan - Set Decorator
Brendan Gleeson - Actor/"Braveheart"
Dante Ferretti - Production Designer, CASINO (1995)
Alberto Grimaldi - Producer
Herbert Asbury - Author, GANGS OF NEW YORK (2001)
John C. Reilly - American Supporting Actor
David Hemmings - British actor/director
Liam Carney - Actor
Liam Neeson - Irish actor, EXCALIBUR/SCHINDLER'S LIST
Howard Shore

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 031398134565
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R
  • Release Date: February 2012

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
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Fathers And Sons
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Theatrical release: December 20, 2002 Original Production Year: 2001.

Reviews:
"...GANGS OF NEW YORK is something better than perfect: It's thrillingly alive....A triumph of pure craft and passionate heart..." - 01/23/2003 Rolling Stone, p.75


"...GANGS OF NEW YORK is an important film as well as an entertaining one. With this project, Mr. Scorsese has made his passionate ethnographic sensibility the vehicle of an especially grand ambition..." - 12/20/2002 New York Times, p.E1


"...It has as much greatness in it as any movie this year..." - 12/20/2002 USA Today, p.1E


"...The complicated and brilliant Day-Lewis makes all of old New York come alive; he's the furnace that stokes the story, and he gives off real, exciting heat..." - 01/03/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.43-4


"...GANGS OF NEW YORK bears all the earmarks of a magnum opus for Martin Scorsese....A richly impressive and densely realized work..." - 12/02/2002 Variety, p.38-44


"...Unsparing, hallucinatory, spectacular, it's personal moviemaking on an epic scale, a vision that will take your breath away and hold it for the movie's entire running time..." - 02/01/2003 Premiere, p.20


"...GANGS OF NEW YORK may be the last of its kind -- a costume picture made entirely in a studio by a superbly creative director in collaboration with mater craftspeople..." - 01/01/2003 Film Comment, p.24-7


"...Day-Lewis does a superb job of making the villain charismatic and complex..." - 02/01/2003 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.62


"Big, brilliant, brutal and beautiful." - 02/01/2003 Uncut, p.100

 
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