American Gangster


2h 37m 2007

Brief Synopsis

Nobody used to notice Frank Lucas, the quiet driver to one of the inner city's leading black crime bosses. But when his boss suddenly dies, Frank exploits the opening in the power structure to build his own empire and create his own version of the American Dream. Through ingenuity and a strict business ethic, he comes to rule the inner-city drug trade, flooding the streets with a purer product at a better price. Lucas outplays all of the leading crime syndicates and becomes not only one of the city's mainline corrupters, but part of its circle of legit civic superstars. Richie Roberts is an outcast cop close enough to the streets to feel a shift of control in the drug underworld. Roberts believes someone is climbing the rungs above the known Mafia families and starts to suspect that a black power player has come from nowhere to dominate the scene. Both Lucas and Roberts share a rigorous ethical code that sets them apart from their own colleagues, making them lone figures on opposite sides of the law. The destinies of these two men will become intertwined as they approach a confrontation where only one of them can come out on top.

Film Details

Also Known As
Return of Superfly, The, Tru Blu
MPAA Rating
Genre
Crime
Biography
Period
Release Date
2007
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures; Universal Pictures Distribution
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Thailand; New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 37m

Synopsis

Nobody used to notice Frank Lucas, the quiet driver to one of the inner city's leading black crime bosses. But when his boss suddenly dies, Frank exploits the opening in the power structure to build his own empire and create his own version of the American Dream. Through ingenuity and a strict business ethic, he comes to rule the inner-city drug trade, flooding the streets with a purer product at a better price. Lucas outplays all of the leading crime syndicates and becomes not only one of the city's mainline corrupters, but part of its circle of legit civic superstars. Richie Roberts is an outcast cop close enough to the streets to feel a shift of control in the drug underworld. Roberts believes someone is climbing the rungs above the known Mafia families and starts to suspect that a black power player has come from nowhere to dominate the scene. Both Lucas and Roberts share a rigorous ethical code that sets them apart from their own colleagues, making them lone figures on opposite sides of the law. The destinies of these two men will become intertwined as they approach a confrontation where only one of them can come out on top.

Cast

Denzel Washington

Russell Crowe

Josh Brolin

Carla Gugino

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Cuba Gooding

Idris Elba

Ruby Dee

George Lee Miles

Roger Bart

Laurence Lowry

Krista Saab

Nino Del Buono

Jon Devries

Eric Silver

Kirt Leroux Harding

Norman Reedus

Janelle Cambridge

Larry Mitchell

Panama Redd

Sandra Park

Luis Salgado

Skyler Fortgang

Warner Miller

Roosevelt Davis

Jeff Greene

Clinton Lowe

Eddie Rouse

Jonathan Medero

Kevin Corrigan

Lonnie Gaetano

Mitchell Green

Warakarn Waruttamangkoon

Lead Man

Ron Piretti

Robert C Kirk

Andrea Rose Edmead

Tom Stearns

David Britton

Autavia Bailey

Quisha Saunders

Gavin Grazer

Jeff Mantel

David Spearman

Hamilton Clancy

Candyce Barnes

Bryant Pearson

Jason Veasey

Roger Guenveur Smith

Lee Shepard

Marjorie Johnson

James Hunter

Ritchie Coster

Albert Jones

Sam Freed

Flavia Tamara Livolsi

Latonya Tolbert

Paul Doherty

Nefertiti Robinson

Christopher A. Sawyer

Kesha Nichols

Saycon Sengbloh

Cedric Sanders

Thomas Guiffre

Fab Five Freddy

Tom O'rourke

Lymari Nadal

Fatima Robinson

J Kyle Manzay

Joe Morton

Jehan-pierre Vassau

Kadee Strickland

Linda Powell

Steve Mcauliff

Karen Adisson

Shannon Mcmillan

William Tate

Philip C. Canfield

Lead Man

Cicily Daniels

Armand Assante

Conor Romero

Kevin Geer

Wilhelm Lewis

Ric Young

Jon Polito

Tip Harris

Tamara Marrow

Scotty Dillin

Dawn A Douglas

Chance Kelly

Celestine Rae

Bari K. Willerford

Robert Wiggins

Neville White

Robbie Neigeborn

Daniel Farcher

Tyson Hall

Sarah Hudnut

Marielys Molina

Roxanne Amandez

Kathleen Garrett

Monique Lea-gall

Yul Vazquez

Ortos J. Gutierrez

Ruben Santiago-hudson

William Hudson

Ted Levine

Dan Moran

Carlos Sierra Lopez

John Hawkes

Jason Furlani

Anthony Hamilton

Koi Sinlapachan

Lead Man

Dylan Gallagher

Chuck Cooper

Serena Joan Springle

Arthur Mercante

Yuri Kamino-fennell

Melissia Hill

Fab Five Freddy Braithwaite

Robert Funaro

Luam Keflezghi

Jonah Denizard

John Ortiz

Malcolm Goodwin

Luana Jackman

Vocals

Chris Mckinney

Daniel Hilt

Joey Klein

Al Santos

Pierra Francesca

Maryann Urbano

Jim R. Coleman

Maurice Ballard

Crew

Michael Adkins

Costume Supervisor

G. A. Aguilar

Stunt Coordinator

Lawrence Amanuel

Greensman

Noah Amos

Apprentice Editor

Bill Anagnos

Stunt Performer

Belinda Anderson

Hair Stylist

Roy T Anderson

Stunt Performer

Louis Armstrong

Song Performer

Qodi Armstrong

Hair Stylist

Pie Arunyaphuti

Makeup

Christopher Assells

Sound Effects Editor

Amal Baggar

Assistant

Karen M. Baker

Supervising Sound Editor

Tamu-ra Bakr

Generator Operator

Peter Baran

Assistant Art Director

Brian Barnes

Location Assistant

Chris Barnes

Stunt Performer

Laura Figueiredo Barreto

Production Assistant

Garrett Basch

Assistant

Jonathan Baston

Stunt Performer

Joseph Baston

Stunt Performer

Charley Beal

Assistant Art Director

Phillip Beck Jr.

Stunt Performer

Deborah Becker

Accounting Assistant

Bobby Beckles

Stunt Performer

Bob Beemer

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Cody Beke

Casting Assistant

Lola Belsito

Production Coordinator

Felix Bernard

Song

Michael Bird

Special Effects Foreman

Matt Blades

Key Grip

Mirashyam Blakeslee

Set Production Assistant

Eric Boncher

Generator Operator

Antonio Bonilla

Office Production Assistant

Sarah Bowen

Coproducer

Fab Five Freddy Braithwaite

Production Consultant

Jeff Brannon

Production Assistant

Julian Bratolyubov

Music

Joanna Brett

Costumer

Conrad F Brink

Special Effects Coordinator

Dan Bronson

Assistant Costume Designer

Rolland M. Brooks

Scenic Artist

Garf Brown

Scenic Artist

Jill Brown

Stunt Performer

Peter Bundrick

Carpenter

Scott Burik

Stunt Performer

Jared Burke

Stunt Performer

Ronald J. Burke

Dolly Grip

Alexander Burns

Production Assistant

Adam Butera

Production Assistant

Jerry Butler

Song Performer

Jerry Butler

Song

Jeb Byers

Assistant Camera

Travis Cadalzo

Steadicam Operator

Travis Cadalzo

Assistant Camera

John Caglione Jr.

Makeup Artist

John Cairns

Digital Effects Artist

Nicole Callender

Stunt Performer

Michael Cambria

Assistant Camera

Carol Campbell

Hair Stylist

Rick Canelli

Adr

Debbie Canfield

On-Set Dresser

Kelly Canfield

On-Set Dresser

Patrice Canfield Longo

On-Set Dresser

Shari Carpenter

Script Supervisor

David M. Carr

Rigging Grip

Stephen Carter

Assistant Art Director

Carolyn Cartwright

Assistant Set Decorator

Johnny Cash

Song Performer

Sean Cassidy

Grip

Michael Castellano

Costumer

Frank Cattano

Location Assistant

Jared Cauliffe

Set Production Assistant

Christopher Cenatiempo

Stunt Performer

John Cenatiempo

Stunt Performer

Victor Chan

Stunt Performer

Noreen R. Cheleden

Assistant Director

Paul Cheponis

Assistant Set Decorator

Eric Cheripka

Assistant Property Master

Larry M. Cherry

Hair Stylist

Audrey Chon

Assistant

Chaiyan (lek) Chunsuttiwat

Art Director

Monika Chvatikova

Visual Effects

Ashley Clark

Visual Effects Producer

Rudy Clark

Song

Rory Clarke

Stunt Performer

Trenee Clayton

Costumer

Jack Clement

Song

Peter Cobbin

Music Scoring Mixer

Peter Cobbin

Score Recording

Frederick Cohen

Swing

Liisa Cohen

Stunt Performer

Bob Colletti

Stunt Performer

Alisa Colley

Assistant Camera

Darin Collins

Office Production Assistant

Jim Cook

On-Set Dresser

Blaise Corrigan

Stunt Performer

Michael Costigan

Executive Producer

K M Coughlin

Scenic Artist

Douglas Crosby

Stunt Performer

David Crossman

Costume Supervisor

Cris D'annunzio

Stunt Performer

Debbi Datz-pyle

Music Contractor

Yvens De Thelismond

Set Costumer

Katherine Dejesus

Accountant

Ruth A. Deleon

On-Set Dresser

Kimmie Dellechiale

Production Assistant

Thierno Diallo

Production Assistant

Judi Dickerson

Dialect Coach

Tara Digerlando

Production Assistant

Dino Dimuro

Sound Effects Editor

Liza Donatelli

Props Assistant

Devin Donegan

Video Assist/Playback

Ana Katherina Drechsler

Props

Edward Drohan

Special Effects Technician

Bob Drwila

Assistant Editor

Shaun Carroll Duffy

Extras Agent/Coordinator

David Dunlap

Camera Operator

Dick Edwards

Visual Effects Producer

Edwin A Effrein

Assistant Camera

Edwin A Effrein

Steadicam Operator

Guy Efrat

Assistant Location Manager

Fletcher Elkington

Location Assistant

Woradet Em-eam

Transportation Manager

Abby Eon

Location Assistant

Peter Epstein

Stunt Performer

Mark Eshelman

Music Scoring Mixer

Ambika Fairfield

Transportation Coordinator

Jason Farrar

Location Manager

Cyd Fenwick

Scenic Artist

Ryan Ferguson

Location Assistant

Nicole Ferrari

Assistant Production Coordinator

Christopher Ferraro

On-Set Dresser

Ed Ferraro

Carpenter

Jonathan Filley

Coproducer

Jonathan Filley

Unit Production Manager

Daniel Fine

Accountant

Greg Finkel

Assistant Camera

Mo Fitzgerald

Transportation Captain

Mccord Fitzsimmons

Video

Kevin W. Flynn

Key Rigging Grip

Kelly Foley-devitt

Scenic Artist

Richard Ford

Rigging Gaffer

Bruce L. Fowler

Original Music

Steve Fowler

Original Music

Walt Fowler

Original Music

James Francis Ii

Stunt Performer

Aja Frary

Stunt Performer

Fab Five Freddy

Production Consultant

Betsy Friedman

Assistant Director

Carl Fullerton

Makeup Artist

Lowell Fulson

Song Performer

Gary G-wiz

Song

Gary G-wiz

Music Producer

Kenneth Gamble

Song

Jason Garcia

Stunt Performer

Risa Garcia

Costumer

Harry Garfield

Song

Geng Garum

Makeup

Dan Gates

Assistant

Emily Gaunt

Camera

Peter Gelfman

Property Master

Oorlagh George

Assistant

Terry George

Other

Gordon H Gertsen

On-Set Dresser

K. Scott Gertsen

Foreman

Scott Getzinger

Props

Jeffrey Lee Gibson

Stunt Performer

Alison Gilham

Scenic Artist

Greg Gilman

Assistant Director

Rick Giovinazzo

Original Music

Sam Glen

Props

Don Glenn

Dolly Grip

Jessica Glenn

Production Assistant

Gerald Gloster

Grip

Brent Godek

Assistant

Eddie Goins

Stunt Performer

Tim Goldberg

Location Assistant

Anthony Gonzalez

On-Set Dresser

W Steven Graham

Assistant Art Director

Brian Grazer

Producer

Staci Greenbaum

Production Assistant

Elizabeth Greenberg

Casting Associate

Scott Gregoire

Generator Operator

Russ J. Griffin

Assistant

Robert Griffon

Coordinator

Joe Grimaldi

Best Boy

Timothy Grimes

Assistant Property Master

Jose Guerrero

Location Assistant

Joe C. Guest

Assistant Location Manager

Emily Gunshor

Costume Coordinator

Craig Haagensen

Camera Operator

Damon Hahn

On-Set Dresser

Per Hallberg

Supervising Sound Editor

Anthony Hamilton

Song

Anthony Hamilton

Song Performer

Matt Hansel

Scenic Artist

Gabriel Hansen

Stunt Performer

Kali Rashad Harrison

Assistant Director

Isaac Hayes

Song

Film Details

Also Known As
Return of Superfly, The, Tru Blu
MPAA Rating
Genre
Crime
Biography
Period
Release Date
2007
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures; Universal Pictures Distribution
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Thailand; New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 37m

Award Nominations

Set Decoration

2007

Best Supporting Actress

2007

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 2007 Satellite Award for Best Film Editing by the International Press Academy (IPA).

Released in United States Fall November 2, 2007

Released in United States on Video February 19, 2008

Brian De Palma previously attached to direct. Terry George previously attached to direct.

Antoine Fuqua was previously attached to direct, but abruptly exited due to "creative differences." Denzel Washington was previously attached to play the role of Frank Lucas. Benicio Del Toro was set to play the role of Richie Roberts. Universal settled Denzel Washington and Benicio Del Toro's pay-or-play deals estimated at $20 million-plus.

Universal Pictures re-hired Steve Zaillian in a reported seven-figure deal to rewrite the script.

Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment paid mid-against high-six figures for the rights to the New York Magazine article "The Return of Superfly" written by Mark Jacobson.

The project was previously to shoot in North Carolina, but moved to Toronto. The majority of filming was to take place in Toronto, however, the first three weeks were to be in New York, and the final week being in Thailand.

Universal was aiming for a November 4, 2005 release.

Project was scheduled to shoot in November 2004 but Universal shut the film down days after director Antione Fuqua left the project, citing time constraints and creative elements as its reason.

Released in United States Fall November 2, 2007

Released in United States on Video February 19, 2008

Winner of the 2007 award for Best Supporting Actress (Ruby Dee) by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).