After the death of the boss Frank Lukas — the simple driver of Harlem’s criminal leader decides to build his own crime imperia.
His specialty is heroin which he smuggling into USA from North Asia thanks to his connection with corruptsoldiers in Vietnam.
Lucas contests with another streets gangs. He proposes the product of the highest quality for a lower price according to the rules of the market economy.
Frank Lukas becomes an idol of Harlem in early 70s. Earning a million dollars a day he still lives in his rigorous rules.
Frank feels pretty confident but he doesn’t know that one of the most clean-handed policemen is already following him step by step.
Besides the dynamic story produced by Ridley Scott and based on a true story about the rise and fall of one of the dangerous gangsters of Harlem, this movie describes the cruel reality of New York in 70s : total narcomania among people and soldiers who came back from Vietnam, bloody criminal wars and venal cops which have been involved in drug dealing.
A lot of locations of ghetto was constructed during the movie-making. We think it will be very interesting for fans of retrospective picture and criminal detective films.
Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Steven Zaillian, Mark Jacobson (article)
Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin, Lymari Nadal, John Hawkes