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Gangs of New York

(DVD - 2003 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Gangs of New York
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In 1846, waves of Irish immigrants poured into the New York neighborhood of Five Points. "Billy the Butcher" bands his fellow "Native Americans" into a gang to take on the Irish gang "The Dead Rabbits," organized by Priest Vallon. After a bloody clash Vallon is dead and his son ends up in a brutal reform school. In 1862, that boy returns to seek vengeance against the man that killed his father.
Statement of Responsibility: Miramax Films presents a Martin Scorsese picture an Alberto Grimaldi production, a Miramax Films presentation ; producers, Alberto Grimaldi, Harvey Weinstein ; screenplay writers, Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian, Kenneth Lonergan ; director, Martin Scorsese
Title: Gangs of New York
[videorecording]
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Miramax Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2003], c2002
Edition: Widescreen version (2.351)
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (166 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 2002
Special features: U2 "The hands that built America" music video; history of the Five Points; exploring the sets of "Gangs of New York" (multi-angle); feature commentary with Martin Scorsese; set design; costume design
Credits: Director of photography, Michael Ballhaus ; editor, Thelma Schoonmaker ; original music, Howard Shore ; costume designer, Sandy Powell ; production designer, Dante Ferretti.
Performers: Leonardo Dicaprio, Daniel Day Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly, Henry Thomas, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Neeson.
Summary: In 1846, waves of Irish immigrants poured into the New York neighborhood of Five Points. "Billy the Butcher" bands his fellow "Native Americans" into a gang to take on the Irish gang "The Dead Rabbits," organized by Priest Vallon. After a bloody clash Vallon is dead and his son ends up in a brutal reform school. In 1862, that boy returns to seek vengeance against the man that killed his father.
Audience: MPAA rating R for intense strong violence, sexualitynudity and language
System Details: DVD, NTSC, Region 1 ; Dolby digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1 digital surround sound
Other Language: Closed captioned; optional French language track
Awards & Distinctions: Golden Globes, USA, 2003: Golden Globe - Best Director - Motion Picture (Martin Scorsese); Best Original Song - Motion Picture (U2 (music/lyrics) For the song "The Hands That Built America")
Subject Headings: Immigrants New York (State) New York Drama Irish New York (State) New York Drama Five Points (New York, N.Y.) History 19th century Drama Gangs New York (State) Five Points (New York) Drama Immigrants United States History 19th century Drama Immigrants New York (State) New York Economic conditions 19th century Drama Crime New York (State) New York 19th century Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Fiction films
Historical films
Gangster films
Mystery films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Immigrants
Irish
Gangs
Immigrants
Immigrants
Crime
Publisher No: 24017
ISBN: 0788846361
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE G
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Gangs of New York ---- (DVD - 2003) This show is not for the young to watch! It does have a Historical value. ---- Enjoy! 3 1/2 Stars. ---- RichardPaul (Finished 12-25-2013)

Jul 04, 2013
  • AGuyInAHat rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

There's a scene in Martin Scorsese's 'Gangs of New York's where Daniel Day-Lewis's character Bill "the Butcher" Cutting is presented a dead rabbit, which is a declaration of war by his enemy Amsterdam Vallon (Leonardo DiCaprio), and during the scene he gives this look, this horrific death stare that gives me chills everytime I see it, it was at this point in the film where I knew Gangs of New York would be an amazing film. New York in 1862, specifically in the Five Points where the film takes place is as much a character as the players themsleves, it's bleak shadows and filthy streets reflect the inherent danger when America was in it's adolescence. War between rival gangs and draft riots took the lives of thousands. In a way Gangs of New York gives an in your face look at just the time when the right values and morality where put in place. Like the tagline says, "America was born in the streets."

More like a ferocious medieval folk tale than Scorsese's usual look into modern gangster culture, this packs a lot of actual historical information into an epic recreation of the birth of New York City's (and the US's) history of violence. That 5-Points set is worth the price of admission. (Walk down to Columbus Park in Chinatown today and try not to be moved!) Stir that up with probably the most incredible role ever played by the great Daniel Day Lewis as the historically inspired Bill the Butcher..........WOOPSADAISY!

In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.

Dec 14, 2012
  • jean2000 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Chaos, anarchy, violence, prejudice, fiction.

Apr 16, 2012
  • ausnos rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This film reeks of epicness! Erin go Bragh!

Lots of blood, and not all that much plot. What plot there is seems problematic. Why does a Catholic priest have a son? In the climactic fight, the gangs appear to be completely overshadowed by the riot, kinda rendering the whole thing pointless. Maybe that *is* the point: violence, and the movie, has no point.

Oct 26, 2011
  • Kritter408 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best movies I have seen thus far! Acting is amazing by all the characters and Day-Lewis outshines himself in thus one. A MUST SEE MOVIE

Apr 11, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The acting in this movie ranges from great to good. Daniel Day-Lewis is wonderful as The Butcher. And DiCaprio does a fantastic job as Amsterdam. This movie is very long and drawn out, but I very much enjoyed this film. I would recommend everyone see this movie at least once.

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In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Amsterdam Vallon: If you get all of us together, we ain't got a gang, we've got an army.

Apr 11, 2011
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Boss Tweed: The appearance of law must be upheld, especially when it's being broken.

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