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Gangs of New York (2002)

In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.

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Storyline

Having seen his father killed in a major gang fight in New York, young Amsterdam Vallon is spirited away for his own safety. Some years later, he returns to the scene of his father's death, the notorious Five Points district in New York. It's 1863 and lower Manhattan is run by gangs, the most powerful of which is the Natives, headed by Bill "The Butcher" Cutting. He believes that America should belong to native-born Americans and opposes the waves of immigrants, mostly Irish, entering the city. It's also the time of the Civil War and forced conscription leads to the worst riots in US history. Amid the violence and corruption, young Vallon tries to establish himself in the area and also seek revenge over his father's death. Written by garykmcd

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America Was Born In The Streets.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for intense strong violence, sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 December 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pandillas de Nueva York  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,496,870, 22 December 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$77,812,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$193,772,504, 28 October 2016
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Trivia

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio both took salary reductions to preserve the budget. See more »

Goofs

Johnny tells Amsterdam that Bendrick the Cockroach "carries a germ" and "if you try to leave the gang, they say, he hacks up blood on you." The link between germs and disease wasn't known until after Robert Koch developed Koch's Postulates in 1876. Louis Pasteur's work, also published in the 1870s, completed the proof to the medical community, though it was called "the germ theory of disease" as late as 1914. In the 1860s, no ragamuffin street kid would have made the connection. The first recorded use of "germ" outside medical literature is John Tyndall's Fragments of Science for Unscientific People, published in 1879. Until then, "germ" was the part of a seed from which the plant sprouts. See more »

Quotes

Amsterdam Vallon: Our name is called "The Dead Rabbits" to remind all of our suffering, and as a call to those who suffer still to join our ranks. However far they may have strayed from our common home across the sea. For with great numbers must come great strength in the salvation of our people.
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Crazy Credits

Noises from the modern day New York streets play over the second half of the closing credits. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

The Murderer's Home
Written by Alan Lomax
Performed by Jimpson & Group
Produced and recorded by Alan Lomax
Courtesy of The Alan Lomax Archives/Rounder Records
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Sloppy and Inaccurate
25 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

Along with so many people, I had waited for this movie to come out, but for a different reason. I have studied the Five Points at great length and wanted to see how Scorcese would deal with the subject. I was never more disappointed than when I left the theater after this drivel.

The storyline was okay if it stuck to the story. However, the action went in too many directions. But to an amateur historian, the fallacies are far too glaring. Fights between gangs were not agreed to in some formal setting, they just happened. And no one ever agrees to not use firearms...they were too frequently used. The Draft Riots were not central to the Five Points...the neighborhood had actually started to improve by the Civil War. By then, the Irish already controlled the Points and simply ignored the natives. The worst riot was in 1857, when the Bowery Boys' Riot flared up and left over 100 dead. The actual Bill the Butcher was a bit different from this one. William Tweed did not ascend to the head of Tammany until after the Draft Riots...

I could go on and on. Read Tyler Anbinder's "Five Points" or selections from "Gotham" to get a more accurate picture of the period.


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