American Gangster Movie

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The story revolves around a Harlem heroin kingpin who figured out a way to smuggle heroin in the coffins of American soldiers returning from the Vietnam War.

Who's Involved:

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brian Grazer, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard, Yul Vazquez, Ridley Scott, Josh Brolin, Steve Zaillian, Dania Ramirez, Denzel Washington, Carla Gugino, John Ortiz, Ted Levine, Terry George

violence, pervasive drug content and language, nudity and sexuality
Runtime: 2 hrs, 37 m
Language: English

Plot: What's the story about?

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.

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Who stars in American Gangster: Cast List

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The Equalizer 3, Sidney  

American Reunion, Lycan  

The Space Between Us, Sucker Punch  

Infinite, Salt  

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Little Boy  

Labor Day, Sicario  

The Fallout, The In Between  

Captain Phillips, Amigo  

Who's making American Gangster: Crew List

A look at the American Gangster behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Ridley Scott last directed House of Gucci and The Last Duel. The film's writer Steve Zaillian last wrote Exodus: Gods and Kings and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.


Brian Grazer
Ron Howard

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Production: What we know about American Gangster?

Filming Timeline

  1. December 1969: The film was in Completed status.

American Gangster Release Date: When was the film released?

American Gangster was released in 2007 on Friday, November 2, 2007 (). There were 2 other movies released on the same date, including Bee Movie and Martian Child.

When will the movie be on DVD?

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

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