Gangs of New York2002
Gangs of New York (2002)
Critic Consensus: Though flawed, the sprawling, messy Gangs of New York is redeemed by impressive production design and Day-Lewis's electrifying performance.
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as Amsterdam Vallon
as William Cutting ("Bill the Butcher")
as Jenny Everdeane
as William "Boss" Tweed
as "Priest" Vallon
as Happy Jack Mulraney
as Johnny Sirocco
as Walter "Monk" McGinn
as P.T. Barnum
as Reverend Raleigh
as Mr. Schermerhorn
as Jimmy Spoils
as Hell-Cat Maggie
as One-Armed Priest
as Young Amsterdam
as Draft Official
as Bill The Butcher's Gang Member #1
as Miss Schermerhorn
as Jenny's Girl #3
as Bill The Butcher's Gang Member #2
as Dead Rabbit Gang Member #2
Critic Reviews for Gangs of New York
One of the most provocative films from Hollywood in recent times.
It's a punishing piece of work, this Gangs of New York. Spectacular, brilliant, but punishing-basically, one long brawl...
The visuals are strong, while the central narrative is weak (a disastrous combination for a long movie). Worst of all, Gangs of New York achieves far too little while trying much too hard.
It's never less than compelling, driven by an overwhelming, larger than life performance from Day-Lewis and by Scorsese's grandiose historical imagination.
Audience Reviews for Gangs of New York
Disjointed and overlong. Probably Scorsese's weakest film
Set in the mid 1800s, during the start of civilisation in New York. There were many gangs established to defend their terrority from new immigrants. When Amsterdam (Leo) was a child, his father the Priest (Liam) was killed by the ruthless butcher (Daniel). He returns to avenge his father's death, by befriending and getting close to the butcher. Cameron isn't her usual glam self but I like that she doesn't always play the typical girlie characters. Very violent and bloody at times. Not for the faint hearted. The first of many masterpieces between Leo and Martin Scorsese.
The film's OK. Daniel-Day Lewis gives a great performance, and it's thrilling at some points. However, it is overlong and melodramatic with awkward, uneven pacing. It can't help but feel like an overdone History Channel special overwhelmed by period piece cliches.
Gangs of New York Quotes
|William Cutting ("Bill the Butcher"):||My father gave his life, making this country what it is. Murdered by the British with all of his men on the twenty-fifth of July, anno domini, 1814. Do you think I'm going to help you befoul his legacy, by giving this country over to them what's had no hand in the fighting for it? Why, because they come off a boat crawling with lice and begging you for soup?|
|William Cutting ("Bill the Butcher"):||Down with the Union!!|
|Amsterdam Vallon:||Is there anyone in the Five Points who you haven't fucked?!|
|William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher:||You know how I stayed alive this long? All these years? Fear. The spectacle of fearsome acts. Somebody steals from me, I cut off his hands. He offends me, I cut out his tongue. He rises against me, I cut off his head, stick it on a pike, raise it high up so all on the streets can see. That's what preserves the order of things. Fear.|