American Gangster | Full Movie

American Gangster
  • R
  • 2h 36m
  • 2007
Certified Fresh80%
Common Sense Media Iconage 17+
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Academy Award® winners Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe team with director Ridley Scott (Gladiator) for an epic story as powerful as it is true. Armed with ruthless, street-wise tactics and a strict sense of honor, crime boss Frank Lucas (Washington) rules Harlem's chaotic drug underworld. When outcast cop Richie Roberts (Crowe) sets out to bring down Lucas's multi-million dollar empire, it plunges both men into a legendary confrontation. American Gangster is "a brutal and brilliant film" (Pete Hammond, Maxim)

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Certified Fresh80%
Critics Consensus: American Gangster is a gritty and entertaining throwback to classic gangster films, with its lead performers firing on all cylinders.
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly
Fresh

June 21, 2017
I.E. Weekly
Amy Nicholson
Fresh

Scott's not interested in fireworks but small implosions of the soul and ego.

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Jonathan Crocker
Fresh

Like much of his oeuvre, Scott's scaled-up movie is bigger than life - and lesser for it. But whil...

June 21, 2017
Film.com
Jonathan F. Richards
Rotten

How much truth we get in the movie version is hard to say...nobody much cares if it's gospel, as l...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Violent, drug-fueled drama isn't for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this based-on-a-true story drama about a brutal 1970s gangster isn't for kids. He commits extremely violent acts, which are depicted explicitly (often with guns) and accompanied by blood, wounds, and groaning. And since the plot focuses on heroin smuggling and dealing, there are many shots of junkies and drug use (including needles in arms, cocaine being snorted, and more). Sexual content includes scenes with prostitutes, kissing, bare breasts, and cleavage, and there's plenty of language, including almost 100 uses of "f--k."

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Crime, Biopic, Drama
  • Release Date:November 2, 2007
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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