Gangs of New York (2002)
Gangs of New York (2002)
Critic Consensus: Though flawed, the sprawling, messy Gangs of New York is redeemed by impressive production design and Day-Lewis's electrifying performance.
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as Amsterdam Vallon
as William Cutting ("Bill the Butcher")
as Jenny Everdeane
as William "Boss" Tweed
as "Priest" Vallon
as Happy Jack Mulraney
as Johnny Sirocco
as Walter "Monk" McGinn
as P.T. Barnum
as Reverend Raleigh
as Mr. Schermerhorn
as Jimmy Spoils
as Hell-Cat Maggie
as One-Armed Priest
as Young Amsterdam
as Draft Official
as Bill The Butcher's Gang Member #1
as Miss Schermerhorn
as Jenny's Girl #3
as Bill The Butcher's Gang Member #2
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Critic Reviews for Gangs of New York
It's never less than compelling, driven by an overwhelming, larger than life performance from Day-Lewis and by Scorsese's grandiose historical imagination.
The result reverberates on the screen with a deadly force and fury more intense than anything Mr. Scorsese has yet achieved on the meanest and most beloved streets he could imagine or recall.
What we're left with has the patness of a history lesson about our roots and the melting pot and what it means to be an American.
You have to honor its mad ambition. But sadly, it feels like a dream too long deferred.
A triumph of pure craft and passionate heart.
Audience Reviews for Gangs of New York
Set in the mid 1800s, during the start of civilisation in New York. There were many gangs established to defend their terrority from new immigrants. When Amsterdam (Leo) was a child, his father the Priest (Liam) was killed by the ruthless butcher (Daniel). He returns to avenge his father's death, by befriending and getting close to the butcher. Cameron isn't her usual glam self but I like that she doesn't always play the typical girlie characters. Very violent and bloody at times. Not for the faint hearted. The first of many masterpieces between Leo and Martin Scorsese.
The film's OK. Daniel-Day Lewis gives a great performance, and it's thrilling at some points. However, it is overlong and melodramatic with awkward, uneven pacing. It can't help but feel like an overdone History Channel special overwhelmed by period piece cliches.
Gangs of New York is a stunning Martin Scorsese epic. This a near perfect film that boasts a powerful cast of actors. Daniel Day-Lewis delivers the strongest of the film. Scorsese crafts another solid film, and this is a near flawless film that has a good blend of drama and action. I was apprehensive about watching this film at first, but I finally gave it a shot after all these years. The film is grand, and epic, filled with great performances. Scorsese directing is immaculate and he creates another memorable film with Gangs of New York. Some people have said the weakest aspect of the film is the casting of Cameron Diaz, though not a great actress, she isn't bad here. In fact, she surprised me a bit. Like I said the best performance of the film belongs to Daniel Day-Lewis. At times his character is kind of ordinary, but then Lewis really lights up and steals the show. The story will keep the viewer interested from beginning to end. Though not as grand as Goodfellas or Casino, Raging Bull or Taxi Driver, Gangs of New York is yet another powerful film from one of cinema's greatest directors. Gangs of New York is a stunning period piece that will definitely appeal to Martin Scorsese fans. This a violent epic set during a time of turmoil during American history, and Martin Scorsese captures that beautifully with this near flawless film.
Gangs of New York Quotes
|William Cutting ("Bill the Butcher"):||My father gave his life, making this country what it is. Murdered by the British with all of his men on the twenty-fifth of July, anno domini, 1814. Do you think I'm going to help you befoul his legacy, by giving this country over to them what's had no hand in the fighting for it? Why, because they come off a boat crawling with lice and begging you for soup?|
|William Cutting ("Bill the Butcher"):||Down with the Union!!|
|Amsterdam Vallon:||Is there anyone in the Five Points who you haven't fucked?!|
|William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher:||You know how I stayed alive this long? All these years? Fear. The spectacle of fearsome acts. Somebody steals from me, I cut off his hands. He offends me, I cut out his tongue. He rises against me, I cut off his head, stick it on a pike, raise it high up so all on the streets can see. That's what preserves the order of things. Fear.|
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