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October 17, 2015
awesome bio-doc of a reel badassssssssss
½ December 7, 2013
Tough man, tough film, very interesting and powerful.
½ January 23, 2012
Rich, if sometimes repetitive, documentary following the exploits of Black Godfather Barnes, the friends he betrayed and his inexorable rise and fall from grace. Told via in-depth interviews and footage from the Harlem streets of the period, MU looks and feels like a 1970s exploitation film, mostly due to its superb funk soundtrack and cast of ugly mugs in pimp attire. Think Superfly meets The French connection but for real.
December 17, 2011
interesting perspective on what took place during this era.
½ August 7, 2011
Gripping documentary about "Nicky" Barnes, the self-styled "Black Godfather" who became head of the heroin trade in Harlem in the mid-'70s (played by Cuba Gooding, Jr. in AMERICAN GANGSTER).
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May 8, 2011
Pretty boring documentary about Nicky Barnes. It had moments where it was somewhat entertaining, but those moments where few and far between. Watch American Gangster for a more entertaining experience and leave it at that.
April 29, 2011
Very good documentary.
March 29, 2011
An exemplary documentary, detailing the influx of heroin in 70's Harlem. Director Marc Levin does an excellent job at capturing the truly complex and enigmatic presence of "Mr. Untouchable", Nicky Barnes.
½ March 1, 2011
Ever since American Gangster came out everyone associated Frank Lucas as the King of Harlem but fail to realize that Nicky Barnes had set up shop and stepped up the game in Harlem way before Frank even got on the scene. Not to discredit Frank Lucas, but Barnes was much bigger than Lucas. Put it this way, if there was no Nicky Barnes there never would have been a Frank Lucas. As they say in the movie, he was Gotti before Gotti was Gotti, lol.
September 18, 2010
Trite but compelling tale of a real life gangsta. Touches on interesting politics but never really delves in-depth on issues like was he a stoolie for the white establishment, exploiting street life for personal gain. Reads more like a proposal for a movie than and is entertaining but light on analysis as a result
March 2, 2010
interesting perspective on what took place during this era.
August 23, 2009
un" .____. again....
May 25, 2009
While the book of the same name is an interesting and realistic portrait of a dispicable and self-obsessed wanna-be, the film simply rehashes the same material in a redundant manner lending more personal attention to a man whose legacy should be shut out of popular cultural.
April 14, 2009
Great Documentary about Nicky Barnes,includes phone interviews and the relationship he had with Frank Lucas(American Gangster)
½ March 9, 2009
A really enjoyable documentary and one that I had been wanting to see for a long time. First off, the cover is awesome and sets the tone for the film because it shows there were two sides to the man. I really don't know who to recognize as the heroin king of the 70s NYC; Nicky Barnes or Frank Lucas. Was it both? This doc doesn't seem to think so, but it is extremely one sided. I didn't know anything about "Mr. Untouchable" so I thought it contained a lot of good info on the man. I figured he was dead so it was really cool to see him alive and secretly recorded due to the Witness Protection Program. Wish they could've said what he's been up to since released, but clearly that might give him away. Always wondered how the hell they get footage of certain things like all the drug use. No matter how stoned you are, why would you be cool with someone taping you? Regardless, I'd recommend this to anyone interested in Gangsta/Gangster life and just the whole drug years in general.
December 2, 2008
A bit scattershot, but effective overall.
½ November 2, 2008
An interesting enough story, but I really don't need another movie that just glorifies the criminal lifestyle. Sorry, there's nothing cool about making millions off the death and addiction of other.
July 7, 2008
Meget godt dokumentar om Leroy "Nicky" Barnes. New Yorks drug lord på 70-tallet.
Dette er den sanne historien som AMERICAN GANGSTER bygger på.
Vel verdt sine 92 minutter
June 24, 2008
Another solid documentary, this time about notorious black gangster Nicky Barnes, boss turned 'King Rat'. Not as good as Cocaine Cowboys but equally intriguing, with a slew of diverse characters. It is told from Nicky's perspective, now in the witness protection program. This film documents his rise to power and his fall from grace. The real American Gangster!
June 23, 2008
Somebody is lying. Either Nicky or Frank, regardless of the fact, the movie wasn't trully a documentary at all. It more or less glorified what Nicky Barnes did and didn't even touch on the effects of what he did. Bias much?
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