If you’re looking for the 2007 version of Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed”, look no further than “American Gangster”, which has the potential to win a bunch of Oscars with its combination of slick visuals and muscular acting. Just look at the cast: Denzel Washington as a Harlem drug lord, Russell Crowe as the G-man trying to bring him down, and the man behind the camera? Ridley Scott. I’ve loved just about everything Scott has done that I have seen, and this trailer for “American Gangster”, currently being hosted at Yahoo! Movies (here) looks insanely killer. Almost as good as (dare I say it) the trailer for “The Departed”.
Based on the life of drug-kingpin-turned-informant, Frank Lucas, who grew up in segregated North Carolina where he watched as his cousin was shot by the Klan for looking at a white girl. He eventually made his way to Harlem where he became a heroin kingpin by traveling to Asia’s Golden Triangle to make connections, shipping heroin back to the US in the coffins of soldiers killed in Vietnam. He soon made upwards of one million dollars a day in drug sales. Lucas was shadowed by lawman, Richie Roberts, who finally helped bring the kingpin to justice. The two then worked together to expose the crooked cops and foreign nationals who made importing heroin so easy.
Starring Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Josh Brolin, Carla Gugino, Dania Ramirez, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and directed by Ridley Scott.
The gangsters take the streets November 2nd, 2007.
Here’s the YouTube trailer version:
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