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
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Critic Reviews for Gangs of New York
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.
n the end, you're left feeling that Scorsese has put on a great show. As to what he means by it, I doubt he knows.
Wonderful spectacle, terrific acting and toweringly great film-making.
The result reverberates on the screen with a deadly force and fury more intense than anything Mr. Scorsese has yet achieved on the meanest and most beloved streets he could imagine or recall.
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.
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