American Gangster Movie

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2007 | R | Crime Drama | 2hrs, 37m

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. more

Release DateU.S.

American Gangster was released on
Friday, November 2, 2007 Release


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

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Ridley Scott


Steve Zaillian
Terry George


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R for violence, pervasive drug content and language, nudity and sexuality


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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