It's 1863. America was born in the streets. Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points of America to seek vengeance against the psychotic gangland kingpin, Bill the Butcher, who murdered his father years earlier. With an eager pickpocket by his side and a whole new army, Vallon fights his way to seek vengeance on the Butcher and restore peace in the area.
|Release Date||:||December 14, 2002|
|Genres||:||Drama, History, Crime|
|Production Company||:||Miramax Films, Initial Entertainment Group (IEG), Alberto Grimaldi Productions|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America, Italy|
|Director||:||Martin Scorsese, Rachel Griffiths|
|Writers||:||Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian, Kenneth Lonergan|
|Casts||:||Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson, John C. Reilly, Jim Broadbent, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, David Hemmings, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Michael Byrne, Gary Lewis, Henry Thomas, Barbara Bouchet, Brendan Dempsey, Nick Bartlett, Flaminia Fegarotti, Stephen Graham, Eddie Marsan, Alec McCowen, Cara Seymour, Rab Affleck, Tim Pigott-Smith, Sean Gilder, David Bamber, Lucy Davenport, John Sessions, Angela Pleasence, Martin Scorsese|
|Plot Keywords||:||fire, irish-american, immigrant, gang war, pickpocket, ship, gang of thieves, butcher, pig, army, rescue, gang|
Well, I just got back from seeing "Gangs of New York" at the theater, and I have many positive things to say about this film. It's easily the most powerful film I've seen this year, even topping the excellent "White Oleander". I have never seen a film portray poverty in the 1800's as well as this film did. It also made me feel like I was there, witnessing the poverty and brutality. It's a film that makes us be thankful that times like those have passed, and for us not to forget those who lived and died during those times. It's also a film that's not afraid to show war in its total uglyness. Martin Scorsese definately got his point across with this film, but he didn't do it alone. The cast were all excellent in their parts, no bad acting here at all. Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz showed they are more than just pretty faces. Daniel Day-Lewis was magnificent as "The Butcher", a character whom you want to both love and hate. Quite simply the best film I've seen all year, and I hope it will get nominated (and win) many Oscars. Even if it doesn't, it's a true winner in my eyes. Nice to see that Hollywood can actually do something useful with a $100million budget for once. This was playing at the theater the same time as "The Two Towers"... unfortunately, most of the people in the long line-up went to see "TTT"... they sure missed out, since GONY has more to say in the first 10 minutes than LOTR has to say over 3 hours. Although this film is rather long (2 hrs 47 mins), I was so provoked by it that the time flew by. "Gangs of New York".... A film that's not to be missed!!
10/10 - Higly reccomended!