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:

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

Release Date:

Friday, November 2, 2007

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

"Thor: Love and Thunder" , "Unhinged"  

"The Little Things" , "Journal for Jordan"  

"American Reunion" , "Lycan"  

"Gunpowder Milkshake" , "San Andreas 2"  

"Infinite" , "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness"  

"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" , "The Report"  

"Flag Day" , "Into the Blue"  

"Furious 7" , "Ms. White Light"  

"War of the Worlds" , "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 All the Money in the World and Alien: Covenant. The film's writer Steve Zaillian last wrote Exodus: Gods and Kings and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.


Brian Grazer
Ron Howard

Production Company

Imagine Entertainment

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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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