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King of New York (1990)

Not everyone who runs a city is elected.

Original Title : King of New York
Director : Abel Ferrara
Writer : Nicholas St. John
Genre : Action
Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Augusto Caminito , Mary Kane
Music : Joe Delia
Photography : Bojan Bazelli
Distributor : Artisan Entertainment [us]
IMDB ID : 0099939
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poster for "King of New York" by Abel Ferrara (1990)
King of New York (1990) - Abel Ferrara
 

Starring

Christopher Walken Frank White
David Caruso Dennis Gilley
Laurence Fishburne Jimmy Jump (as Larry Fishburne
 

Plot

A former drug lord returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition and distribute the profits of his operations to the city's poor in this stylish and ultraviolent modern twist on Robin Hood. A sa sortie de prison, le gangster Frank White est accueilli en limousine par ses gardes du corps, deux très jolies filles, Melanie et Raye. Une apparence de légèreté qui cache cependant une brutalité impitoyable. White traverse son quartier natal, le Bronx, et entend bien reconquérir ce territoire qu'il a dû abandonner à ses rivaux. Et effectivement avec l'aide de son homme de main, Jimmy Jump, il reprend le contrôle de la ville, en éliminant un à un tous les trafiquants de drogue. Son nouveau rêve est de financer un hôpital, ce qui lui attire les sympathies de la presse.
 

Comments

Ferrara &, Walken Make a Great Team King of New York(1990) is an excellent movie that is Abel Ferrara's most stylish film.As years go by, King of New York is a film that will be more respected and seen as an example of Ferrara's best work.It was the second best gangster film in 1990 next to Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas.The direction is surpurb and the characters are filled with colorful traits. King of New York(1990) is a modern reworking of the Robin Hood legend.Its basically about a former drug lord who wants to use drug money to help poor and unfortunate people.Christopher Walken gives one of his five top best performances in the role of Frank.The feature is a neo noir because there are no people except for a couple that are likable. The violence in this film is very brutal and done with plenty of flair.Frank's plans do not work out as everyone is out to get him(espically the police).Frank is a person who's alive on the outside but dead on the inside.King of New York has been compared to Scarface(1983) but I believe that this movie is closer in spirit to Ringo Lam's City on Fire(1987) and the two Chow Yun Fat/Andy Lau films of Rich &, Famous(1986) and Tragic Hero(1987). Laurence Fishburne gives a very good performance as Frank's loyal right hand man.In fact, all of the action sequences involving him makes the actor the Hollywood B-movie eqevulent of Chow Yun Fat with his two gun act.Steve Buscemi has a bit part as a rival drug dealer.I only wished that the idea of putting a contract on the police was expanded on with a few scenes of many police officers being assassinated by Frank's men. One scene that is terrific is the scene where the police dressed up as drug dealers who raid and try to terminate Frank and his gang.Another excellent scene is the funeral sequence.The ending is unusually low key for a mafia flick.I would like to see a director's cut of this film released on video because I feel that something's missing from the R-rated version.
 
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