American Gangster Movie

Who's Involved:

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

Release Date:

Friday, November 2, 2007

Rating: R

Runtime: 2 hrs, 37 m

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.

American Gangster Plot: What's the story?

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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Crew and Production Credits: Who's making American Gangster?

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 Timeline: When did the American Gangster come together?

On or about December 31, 1969 • The film was in Completed status.

American Gangster Release Date: When was it released?

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

When will the movie be on DVD?

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

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