American Gangster

Synopsis: Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States. As a result, his product is superior to what is currently available on the street and his prices are lower. His alliance with the New York Mafia ensures his position. It is also the story of a dedicated and honest policeman, Richie Roberts, who heads up a joint narcotics task force with the Federal government. Based on a true story.
Director(s): Ridley Scott
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 35 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
157 min

Assault on a police officer?

I don't think so.

For old time's sake, what can we do,

what do you want, what can I give you?

What do you get for assault

with a deadly weapon, Jay?

- 5 years minimum.

- 5 years.

Guys, c'mon ! No.

Guys, what do you want?

Who do you want?

- Who do you got ?

- You want...

Big Al's bookie, his accountant?

I'll give him to you.

Stop, stop.

There he is.

That's him. The bookie.

All right. Get lost.

- Right here?

- Right here. Get out of the car.

- This is nuts.

- Come on.

Let's go.

Take it easy.

We stay with him or the car?

Let's see who comes for the car.

Think he made us?

You called in a warrant, right?

So where are they?

I just called, man!

I called and walked back here,

and ten seconds has gone by.

We saw him with the slips, Jay.

You saw policy slips?

You saw grocery bags.

- You don't know what's in them.

- I do, and so do you.

Don't give me that bull.

What's the rush, Richie?

- Half an hour, the warrant'll be here.

- I got night school.

Guess you're gonna miss it.

- F*ck this. Come on!

- You sure?

Yeah, let's go.



- It's not just a couple of bucks.

- It's the same thing, in principle.

We're talking principles?

A cop who turns in

this kind of money...

says one thing.

He turns in cops who take money.

- We'll be fucking pariahs.

- We're fucked both ways.

Not if we keep it. Only if we don't,

then right, we're fucked,

but not if we keep it.

Goddamn it, man!

Did we ask for it?

Did we put a gun to someone's head

and say :
"Give us your money"?

Cops... kill cops

they can't trust.

We can't turn it in, man.

You believe that?

How much is there?

Nine hundred

and eighty seven thousand.

What happened to the rest?

What the hell are you doing counting it

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Steven Zaillian

Steven Ernest Bernard Zaillian (born January 30, 1953) is an American screenwriter, director, film editor, and producer. He won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for his screenplay Schindler's List (1993) and has also earned Oscar nominations for Awakenings, Gangs of New York and Moneyball. He was presented with the Distinguished Screenwriter Award at the 2009 Austin Film Festival and the Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement from the Writers Guild of America in 2011. Zaillian is the founder of Film Rites, a film production company. more…

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