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American Gangster

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Original title
American Gangster
Running time
157 min.
United States United States
Steven Zaillian
Marc Streitenfeld
Harris Savides
Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Relativity Studios, Scott Free Productions
Thriller. Drama | Neo-noir. Mafia. Drugs. 1960s. 1970s. Based On A True Story
Synopsis / Plot
Nobody used to notice Frank Lucas, the quiet driver for one of the inner city's leading black crime bosses. But when his boss suddenly dies, Frank exploits the opening in the power structure to build his own empire and create his own version of the American Dream. Through ingenuity and a strict business ethic, he comes to rule the inner-city drug trade and floods the streets with a purer product at a better price. Lucas outplays all of the leading crime syndicates and becomes not only one of the city's mainline corrupters, but part of its circle of legit civic superstars. Richie Roberts is an outcast cop close enough to the streets to feel a shift of control in the drug underworld. Roberts believes someone is climbing the rungs above the known Mafia families and starts to suspect that a black power player has come from nowhere to dominate the scene. Both Lucas and Roberts share a rigorous ethical code that sets them apart from their own colleagues, which makes them lone figures on opposite sides of the law. The destinies of these two men will become intertwined as they approach a confrontation in which only one of them can come out on top.
2007: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Supporting Actress (Ruby Dee), Best Art Direction
2007: 3 Nominations for Golden Globe, including Best Movie Drama
2007: 5 Nominations for BAFTA, including Best Film, Cinematography and Original Screenplay
2007: 2 Nominations for Critics' Choice Awards: Best Picture and Song
2007: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Ruby Dee). 2 Nom.
2007: Satellite Awards: Best Editing. 4 Nominations
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