The movie mostly sides, however, with the honest narcotics detective played by Russell Crowe, so it has a strong moral worldview throughout. There is also some strong, positive Christian content at the end that lifts the movie above other similar thrillers. The movie opens in in New York City.
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American Gangster is compelling in the same way that many mob-related motion pictures are compelling, but it fails to achieve the greatness that the best of them attain. The problem with American Gangster may be that it tries to hard to provide balance between the protagonist and the antagonist but never really achieves it. Ridley Scott rarely creates an uninteresting motion picture, and this is no exception, but American Gangster will not go down as one of the respected director's best efforts. The time period is the early s with drug use escalating on the streets of New York even as the interminable war in Vietnam drags on. The framework of American Gangster bears the "based on a true story" moniker and Lucas now in his 70s was one of the film's advisors, but numerous liberties have been taken with the historical record. Some of these are effective but others create head-scratching contrivances that are hard to swallow even for someone who easily suspends disbelief. Example: Would an arresting officer be allowed to try the arrested individual as his first case after passing the bar, especially when it's a major drug case? For many years, Frank has been the driver for mobster Bumpy Johnson. When a heart attack fells Bumpy, Frank uses his contacts and knowledge to carve out a niche in the Harlem drug market. But his circumstances are fragile, with other black mobsters and the Mafia threatening to squeeze him out.
Denzel Washington is known as one of the good guys of Hollywood, and during a radio interview on Thursday morning, he showed why. Chatting to Nova FM's breakast duo Fitzy and Wippa , the Equalizer actor talked about how he prepares for film roles and sex scenes, admitting he likes to get to know the actress before she strips off. They then went on to talk about the 'oldest' apology actors can give actresses before a steamy love scene. The revelations surfaced during a mythbusters segment, where breakfast show presenters Ryan 'Fitzy' Fitzgerald and Michael 'Wippa' Wipfli asked Denzel to bust some Hollywood myths and give advice to people wanting to become actors. The year-old, who spent a few months earlier this year treading the boards on Broadway in 'A Raisin in the Sun', said his top tip for wannabe actors was to get into theatre. You gotta know your lines, you can't say cut in the middle of a play, you cannot go back and re-do it' he said passionately. Co-stars: The actor plays a more protective role in his latest film, alongside young actress Chloe Moretz Pictured at The Equalizer premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month.