Coming to a Theater Near You........


Initially, I was a little disenchanted with the "whole gangster movie vibe". Don't get me wrong I can watch the sopranos re-runs all day everyday (in love with Tony). Scarface is an all-time favorite and "Hell up in Harlem" & "Black Ceasar" are in heavy rotation in my DVD player. After some thought and speculation , not to mention the random pictures of my "secret baby-daddy" Denzel on every media outlet , I decided to check it out.

I previewed the film, courtesy of Universal Studio (no, not a bootleg copy). Watching this film just gave me one more reason to love Denzel. His acting was phenomenol (as usual). And who wouldn't pass up a chance to see Ms. Ruby Dee.

Movie Summary: (No spoilers, I promise)
Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, Brian Grazer, Steve Zaillian and director Ridley Scott team to tell the true juggernaut success story of a cult hero from the streets of 1970s Harlem in American Gangster.
In American Gangster, Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) is the quiet, often unnoticed driver for one of the inner city’s leading black crime bosses. When his boss suddenly dies, Frank exploits the opening in the power structure to build his own empire and create his own version of the American Dream.
Through ingenuity and a strict business ethic, he comes to rule the inner-city drug trade. Lucas outplays all of the leading crime syndicates and becomes not only one of the city’s mainline corrupters, but part of its circle of legit civic superstars.
American Gangster’s Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) is an outcast cop close enough to the streets to feel a shift of control in the drug underworld. Roberts believes someone is climbing the rungs above the known Mafia families and starts to suspect that a black power player has come from nowhere to dominate the scene.
In American Gangster, Lucas and Roberts share a rigorous ethical code that makes them lone figures on opposite sides of the law. The destinies of these two men become intertwined as they approach a confrontation where only one of them can come out on top.
Washington and Crowe lead a spectacular cast of accomplished and rising stars—including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Josh Brolin, Armand Assante, RZA, John Ortiz, John Hawkes and Ted Levine—in this blistering tale of a true American entrepreneur.

In theaters November 2, 2007

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