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. Partly based on a true story.
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Impressive work here! Even though drug business is corruptive and wicked business Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe sure know how to pull it together! It is true that the movie was looooooooooooooong, but however it really was capturing all the same.
I am a huge fan of true stories and American Gangster happens to be just that. Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe deliver strong performances along with great direction from Ridley Scott. I thought the movie being two and a half hours dragged on a bit too long, but American Gangster is a worthy watch for all you True Story/Crime Drama fans.