Gangs of New York

Gangs of New York

DVD - 2003
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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 an 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.

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howeshound
Jun 27, 2017

Stopped watching it once, decided it couldn't be that bad if Day-Lewis is in it, and started again. It isn't that bad, though not that good either. Day-Lewis is worth the effort, a far more nuanced portrayal than you'd expect after watching the first 15 minutes. There's next to no plot, an OK script, acting superb to indifferent, just a series of over-cooked scenes. Yes, New York was a violent and ugly city at that time, but Scorsese glorifies in the violence and seediness in Tarantino-esque fashion and as with Tarantino, I find the sylization of violence distasteful. A long film, it's just about worth hanging in to the end.
Political corruption, street violence, pathological hatred of foreigners in mid-19th century America: you've come a long way boys!

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1aa
Jun 12, 2017

I couldn't play the third sixth of the film (about the last half hour of disc one, from which I inferred that the character Bill was shot and injured and Amsterdam earned his trust), but it was nevertheless a good movie (but not a film: it degraded into typical plot devices). The music was for the most part very apt, especially at the beginning (drumming and fifes), but the electric guitars sounded awful. The colours, lighting... well just the imagery as a whole was really great. I should like to see it again, but the whole thing.

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nparrish
Sep 13, 2016

One of the worst movies I ever saw. There Will Be Blood & Revenant are 2 of my favorites ever...So this here is proof that just because your actors were in good movies, doesn't mean every movie they're in will be good. Lewis is okay but can't save this movie with the plot holes & comical character he's written into. The writers really do make the movie. As usual, the female lead is just another hooker, but Cameron Diaz is exceptionally bad. The plot is stupid & makes no sense, revolving around invented ideas of 'honor' & phony, glorified roles. The idea that this is historically accurate is absurd.

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benjithegreat
Jul 12, 2016

The movie is pretty good. It definitely reeks of "epicness", and is a bit more over-bloody and theatrical than it really was, although the place was no Disneyland. The best part of the movie, by far is Daniel Day-Lewis' Bill "The Butcher" Cutting. Although you might say he's reaching a bit and over-acting, I think it gives his character that old-time feel a bit more and definitely solidifies him as one of the greatest villains of the decade, in my opinion. The worst part, is Cameron Diaz. Not great acting, but even moreso, her part seemed completely unnecessary. She seems to be in there only to provide a love interest for the main protagonist (DiCaprio) and a link between the the main stars. Yawn. The rest of the movie is okay. Over-blown, but definitely interesting and fun. Lots of good, lots of bad, lots of ho-hum equals about 3 stars.

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RichardPaul
Dec 26, 2013

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)

thebookguy Apr 16, 2013

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!

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SCL_WorldLanguages
Jan 02, 2013

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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jean2000
Dec 14, 2012

Chaos, anarchy, violence, prejudice, fiction.

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ausnos
Apr 16, 2012

This film reeks of epicness! Erin go Bragh!

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Kritter408
Oct 26, 2011

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

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bdls206
Apr 11, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Apr 11, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Apr 11, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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thebookguy Apr 16, 2013

WOOPSADAISY!

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bdls206
Apr 11, 2011

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

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bdls206
Apr 11, 2011

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

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BeardedMovieGuy
Feb 16, 2015

Greatly stylized gangsters story set in old new york. Grand in scale and ambition, Gangs Of New York looks beautiful in an ugly sort of way, but feels a little bloated as the story moves along. The acting is really great for the most part, but not all the characters accents hold up for the whole film. It has some of the camera work that Martin Scorsese is known for, but not all of his regular bag of tricks are used, and although he has done large scenes before with lots of people in them, this time most of the larger fight scenes looked very staged and many of the actors who are supposed to be selling the action just seemed to be going through the motions. Overall this is a really interesting film which takes a look at early New York history in a way never done before, but a long run time and pacing issues keeps this from being one of Scorsese's best.
4 Beards Out Of 5

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bdls206
Apr 11, 2011

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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Apr 11, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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