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Gangs of New York (2002)

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In 1862, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writers:

Jay Cocks (story), Jay Cocks (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 10 Oscars. Another 50 wins & 124 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Amsterdam Vallon
Daniel Day-Lewis ... Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting
Cameron Diaz ... Jenny Everdeane
Jim Broadbent ... Boss Tweed
John C. Reilly ... Happy Jack
Henry Thomas ... Johnny Sirocco
Liam Neeson ... 'Priest' Vallon
Brendan Gleeson ... Walter 'Monk' McGinn
Gary Lewis ... McGloin
Stephen Graham ... Shang
Eddie Marsan ... Killoran
Alec McCowen ... Reverend Raleigh (as Alec Mccowen)
David Hemmings ... Mr. Schermerhorn
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Jimmy Spoils (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Cara Seymour ... Hell-Cat Maggie
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Storyline

In the god-forsaken district of early-1860's Lower Manhattan known as the Five Points, the vicious Nativist, Bill "The Butcher" Cutting, is the supreme overlord of an area riddled with crime, prostitution, theft and murder, as the American Civil War still rages on. Sixteen whole years after the brutal murder of his father from Bill's blood-stained hands, an orphaned Irish-American, Amsterdam Vallon, returns to this melting pot of corruption to avenge his untimely death; however, a lot has changed since then. Who can remember the once innocent boy and now a young man bent on revenge, who works his way up to the hierarchy of Five Points? Will Amsterdam ever taste the dangerous but sweet fruit of retribution? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

America Was Born In The Streets. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

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Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English | Irish | Chinese | Latin

Release Date:

20 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pandillas de Nueva York See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,100,000, 22 December 2002

Gross USA:

$77,812,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$193,772,504
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was conceived in 1978 and intended to be produced in 1980 or 1981. It was shelved after the box-office failure of Heaven's Gate (1980) made studios wary of expensive, ambitious historical dramas. See more »

Goofs

When the Union soldiers take aim at the rioters, each man steps forward with his left foot. During the Civil War, on the command "aim" a soldier would step BACK with his RIGHT foot, bringing it behind his left. Stepping forward would desecrate "the line" (all-important in nineteenth-century warfare). See more »

Quotes

[as a man is about to be hung]
Bill: That's a fine locket. I'll give you a dollar for it.
Arthur: It was me mother's...
Bill: Dollar and a half?
Arthur: Done.
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Crazy Credits

Miramax Films and Touchstone Pictures logos are much different and larger than the normal logos and evoke a 1930s black and white style. See more »

Alternate Versions

Scorsese's original cut of the film was 216 minutes (3 hours & 36 minutes) long. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Winter's Tale (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Pakwach Acholi Bwala Dance
Written and recorded by David Fanshawe
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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User Reviews

well done, Daniel
14 December 2004 | by BruceHallSee all my reviews

'Gangs of New York' is the story of Irish immigrants fighting with the New York's 'natives' back in 1860. It is extremely gruesome and violent throughout the movie, (braveheart x5). Although well-paced, it may feel a bit slow at some times (its runtime is around two hours, forty minutes). I found the end of the movie (the rioting part), a bit confusing. Now the upside: The era is portrayed very well, even though the costumes seem to be a little bit overdone. This movie will keep you in tense from beginning to end, from its settings to acting, it is very well done. DiCaprio and Diaz are their regulars, but Day-Lewis is unbelievable. An incredible comeback after seven years (where was he anyway wasting all that talent?!) I definitely would've considered him for best actor of the year. my overall rating is 4 out of 6.


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