King of New York (1990)
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The gritty underbelly of New York's complex, ethnically divided criminal world is exposed in this dark drama from director Abel Ferrara. Christopher Walken stars as Frank White, a drug lord who's just been released from a long stint in prison. Aware that feeding off of society's depravity has made him a wealthy man, Frank has become determined to give something back to the city, and he hatches a scheme to build a multimillion-dollar public hospital in one of Brooklyn's worst ghetto
Sep 28, 1990 Wide
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Complementing Walken's bravura turn are equally flamboyant performances by David Caruso as the young Irish cop out to destroy Walken, and Larry Fishburne as Walken's slightly crazy aide-de-camp.
A film which, despite splendid location work, lurches sloppily and messily from kill to kill, orgy to orgy, coke to crack, cliché to cliché.
[Ferrara] works unapologetically in B-movie territory, but does it with A-movie style.
Walken is one of the few undeniably charismatic male villains of recent years; he can generate a snakelike charm that makes his worst characters the most memorable, and here he operates on pure style.
A hepped-up film about drugs that plays as if the filmmakers themselves kept a healthy supply of the stuff at hand.
King of New York's storyline is pretty one-note, but there's an energy and aura of fear lingering in every gritty composition.
Review by Mike Martin - It looks fantastic, and there is an air of real menace to proceedings, but seems to belong to another age somehow.
walken is cool as ever
Ferrara began to be taken more seriously by critics with this operatic crime film, which was shown at the NY Film Festival, where it elicited walkouts (including helmer's wife) along with praise.
Ferrara's dangerous vision of the city at night goes beyond what most creampuff directors are capable of; he gets to the core of everything from the silent, dark windows of towering penthouses to the vicious rattling of crime-ridden subways.
Containing performances and and an attitude that is gleefully over-the-top, it's a bit of good fun.
High-calibre performances meet riveting drama
Ferrara is so obsessed with giving King of New York an artsy, edgy, improvisational feel that he doesn't seem to realize what he has here is really just another angry gangster picture.
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- Larry Wong: Stick around, Frankenstein coming on next.
- Frank White: I'm not your problem.
- Dennis Gilley: I heard a rumor about you.
- Frank White: What's that?
- Dennis Gilley: I heard you got AIDS getting dicked up your ass in prison, that's what I heard.
- Frank White: [laughs] I thought about you every time I jerked off, dickhead.
- Frank White: You think ambushing me in some nightclub's gonna stop what makes people take drugs? This country spends $100 billion a year on getting high, and it's not because of me. All that time I was wasting in jail, it just got worse. I'm not your problem. I'm just a businessman.
- Frank White: From now on, nothing goes down unless I'm involved. No blackjack no dope deals, no nothing. A nickel bag gets sold in the park, I want in. You guys got fat while everybody starved on the street. Now it's my turn.
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