Rent Gangs of New York (2002)

3.5 of 5 from 191 ratings
2h 40min
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Synopsis:
Martin Scorsese’s Gangs Of New York introduces today’s world to the Five Points, a dark corner of the city known to New Yorkers of long ago as the centre of vice and chaos. Into this frontier of extreme lawlessness arrives the young Amsterdam Vallon (Leonardo DiCaprio). Amsterdam is the orphaned son of the slain Priest Vallon (Liam Neeson) – once chief warrior of the Dead Rabbits gang that rallied the Irish immigrants of the Five Points. Amsterdam has returned to the Five Points to hunt down his father’s killer.
His target is William cutting AKA "Bill the Butcher" (Daniel Day-Lewis), who has since become the merciless new leader of the neighbourhood, a Nativist who detests the newly arrived immigrants and is determined to fend off all so-called "foreign invaders." Amsterdam works his way deep into the Butcher’s inner circle, a world of alternating honour and cruelty from which he can only hope to escape.
Actors:
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Directors:
Voiced By:
Leo Burmester, Justin Brennan, Brian Mallon
Writers:
Jay Cocks
Others:
Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge, Harvey Weinstein, Howard Shore, Robbie Robertson, Kenneth Lonergan, Steven Zaillian, Alberto Grimaldi, Dante Ferretti, Sandy Powell, Francesca Lo Schiavo, Thelma Schoonmaker, Michael Ballhaus, Aldo Signoretti, Eugene Gearty, Philip Stockton, Tom Fleischman, Bruce Steinheimer, Ivan Sharrock
Studio:
Miramax
Genres:
Drama
Awards:

2003 BAFTA Best Actor

BBFC:
Release Date:
30/06/2003
Run Time:
160 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Director's Commentary
  • Set Design
  • Exploring the Sets of Gangs of New York
  • Costume Design
  • History of The Five Points
  • Five Points Study Guide
  • Discovery Channel Special: "Uncovering The Real Gangs of New York"
  • U2 Music Video: The Hands That Built America
  • Making of Gangs of New York
  • Theatrical Trailer
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following special features:
- Set Design
- Exploring the Sets of Gangs of New York
- Costume Design
- History of The Five Points
- Five Points Study Guide
Discovery Channel - Special: "Uncovering The Real Gangs of New York"
- U2 Music Video: The Hands That Built America
- Making of Gangs of New York
- Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
13/08/2007
Run Time:
166 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Feature Length Directors Commentary
  • Set Design
  • Exploring the Sets
  • Costume Design
  • History of The Five Points
  • Discovery Channel Special: Uncovering The Real Gangs Of New York
  • U2 Music Video: The Hands That Built America
  • Making Of Gangs Of New York
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (1) of Gangs of New York

An epic thriller set in 19th-century New York - Gangs of New York review by PJ

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17/05/2020

This is a film about the criminal underworld in New York city, between about 1845 and 1875. A gang of 'natives' (i.e. Protestant Americans of English origin, from what we are given to understand), led by a sadistic criminal called The Butcher (Daniel Day-Lewis, utterly scary and realistically portrayed), is fighting it out with the Irish immigrants, who are despised because they are new arrivals in the city and Catholic. This happens against the backdrop of the American Civil War and the issue of slavery. A good deal of it is based on historical facts.

The acting is good and Cameron Diaz is surprisingly convincing as the female lead in the story, who is a talented thief herself. The film sets look a little bit cardboard-like at times, I must say (it was filmed in Cinecitta, in Italy, I believe). And there is a lot of extreme violence, mostly involving knives and meat cleavers, so, it is not a film for the faint-hearted.

Having said all this, there is an epic and symbolic dimension to the movie that does make it relevant and captivating, also because the lead characters are unusually complex for a story of this kind. I certainly recommend the movie, which you will not forget.

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