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  Gangs of New York - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gangs of New York is a 2002 film set in the middle 19th century in the Five Points district of New York City.
Gangs of New York is about the conflict between the "native" criminal underworld associated with the Know-Nothings and the immigrant gangs controlled by Tammany Hall.
While praised for the accuracy in costumes and the environment of the mid-1800 New York City (all sets were built completely on the exterior stages of Cinecitta Studios in Rome), the film has been criticized for exaggerating the violence in the gang fights and city riots, and also for historical inaccuracies.
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 Gangs of New York
It's a malady exacerbated by the fact that the same five or six characters--played, with one stunning exception, as tepid variations on banal--seem to be everywhere in New York at all times.
Gangs of New York is three hours of barren harangue that essentially serve as a showcase for Day-Lewis to receive his second acting Oscar.
Gangs of New York lacks artistry, vision, coherence, and fascination--a familiar yet confusing yarn that feels for all the world like a runaway train, its conductor's last recourse faith, reputation, bullying, and the hope that his next collaboration with Leo and Harvey, a biopic of Howard Hughes (!), can pull him out of his tailspin.
www.filmfreakcentral.net /screenreviews/gangsofnewyork.htm   (630 words)

 : RevolutionSF - Six Degrees of Gangs of New York to The Goonies : Contest
Gangs of New York stars Leonardo DiCaprio who was in Titanic with Billy Zane who did a voice on SSX Tricky with Oliver Platt who was in Ready to Rumble with Joe Pantoliano who was in The Goonies.
Liam Neeson is in Gangs of New York.
Liam Neeson from Gangs of New York was in K-19: The Widowmaker with Harrison Ford.  Harrison Ford was in movies with 3 different Goonies stars.  (1) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom with Ke Huy Quan, (2) The Mosquito Coast with Martha Plimpton, and (3) The Fugitive with Joe Pantoliano.
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 Gangs of NEW York   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
The feel and flavor of New York City during the middle 1800's was captured by the movie through the use of excellent cinematography and the creation of a movie set based on actual photographs of the real Five Points.
The gangs were repaid by the political parties or governmental authorities with offers of choice jobs, money or by allowing the gangsters to run their vices without harassment from the police.
The gangs were mainly territorial, ethnic based and centered around two areas of the Five Points: the heart of the Five Points and the Bowery.
www.herbertasbury.com /gangsofnewyork   (3497 words)

 Old-World Charm
In Gangs of New York, Martin Scorsese creates a nineteenth-century Gotham that is stunningly unfamiliar, but the same can't be said of his characters.
Scorsese's New York has been scrupulously researched down to the last crevice and cobblestone, and yet we don't feel, as we often do in big period epics, that everything has been manufactured for our inspection.
Gangs of New York, which was written by Jay Cocks, Kenneth Lonergan, and Steve Zaillian is a far less expansive and complex emotional experience.
www.newyorkmetro.com /nymetro/movies/reviews/n_8126   (1923 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld: Books: Herbert Asbury   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
The Gangs of New York is a tour through a now unrecognisable city of abysmal poverty and habitual violence cobbled from legend, memory, police records, the self-aggrandizements of aging crooks, popular journalism, and solid historical research.
Part of the appeal of The Gangs of New York is that journalist Herbert Asbury was writing in the late 1920s at a time when (as he saw it) the era of the gangsters was over.
From the mid 1800's until the 1890's New York was a tribal melting pot of poverty stricken immigrants from the poorest parts of Europe, the homeless descendants from the days of slavery and destitute natives of the region.
www.amazon.co.uk /Gangs-New-York-Informal-Underworld/dp/0099436744   (1314 words)

 kamera.co.uk - film review - Gangs of New York directed by Martin Scorsese - reviewed by Ian Haydn Smith
Based on Herbert Asbury's 1928 account of the events that dragged New York into the modern age, Scorsese's film is a rich tapestry of life at the end on the 19th century.
Gangs of New York is lost between the old and the new worlds, The Butcher is No Jake La Motta and Amsterdam no Charlie Cappa.
Gangs of New York is admittedly flawed, but it is a flawed masterpiece.The plot stretches over a period of about sixteen years, handles a large cast of characters and juggles both political and ethical issues at the same time.
www.kamera.co.uk /reviews_extra/gangs_of_new_york.php   (2408 words)

 Gangs and Citizens: A Review of Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York by Sean Mattie   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Gangs of New York suggests an American-ness that is larger and more inclusive than nativity and family inheritance, but it remains beneath the surface of the story.
Gangs of New York tells a violent story, and, accordingly, it is not reason or persuasion but instead overwhelming power that finally brings peace to New York.
An answer is provided in part by the closing images of the film, which contemplate the construction of the grand New York skyline, viewed from the peace of a graveyard in which destructive ethnic furies lie buried.
www.ashbrook.org /publicat/oped/mattie/03/newyork.html   (2648 words)

 The New Yorker: The Critics: The Current Cinema   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
He plays the ferocious gang leader William Cutting—Bill the Butcher, the head of a nativist Yankee (i.e., Protestant) group of thugs in mid-nineteenth-century New York.
In all, "Gangs" is an example of the fallacy of research: they got the hats and knives right, but the main lines of the story don't make much sense.
The movie closes on a proudly elegiac note: modern America, it seems, was born in the gang wars; a significant and even noble period in New York life was unjustly forgotten.
www.newyorker.com /critics/cinema/?021223crci_cinema   (2102 words)

Gangs of New York, the year's most eagerly anticipated film (aside from maybe the Thing about the Ring), plays like a who's who of AWOL Hollywood heavyweights.
While I don't think Gangs is going to achieve the same level of success, either financially or Oscarly, I do think the two films lend themselves to comparison, from their painstaking attention to detail to their dexterous ability to combine action and romance (the latter being the Achilles' heels for both, however).
Gangs, inspired by Herbert Asbury's 1928 non-fiction book of the same name, has the history down cold as it neatly folds subplots involving the Irish potato famine, the Civil War and the Draft Riots into its deceptively complex story.
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 gangs of new york review -- *** -- movie views by jamey hughton -- movieviews.org   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
The biggest selling point in “Gangs of New York” is the performance of Daniel Day-Lewis, who has been MIA for five years, and tears into the role of Bill the Butcher with startling zeal and tenacity, veering from congenial charm into madness with one of the most colorful characters of the year.
While there is just too much greatness in “Gangs of New York” to dismiss, Scorsese’s film succumbs to the indulgence of showy extravagance, while many of the historical details are rendered impotent and the dramatic elements fail to connect.
“Gangs of New York” depicts a bleak chapter of American history that most of us are unfamiliar with, and does so with a resolve of great ambition.
www.movieviews.org /reviews/gangsofnewyork.shtml   (547 words)

 Modamag.com | Gangs of New York - Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, ...
With "Gangs of New York," critically acclaimed director Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver) displays why he is so highly thought of.
Although the latter may not be entirely untrue, "Gangs" presents a restricted vision of New York's history.
I saw "Gangs" on Friday and didn't enjoy it at all, mostly due to the extreme violence and apparent lack of plot.
www.modamag.com /gangsofnewyork.htm   (1873 words)

 BBC - Films - Gangs of New York   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
"Gangs of New York" arrives soaked in the sweat and tears of one of cinema's greatest living artists.
New York, 1846 - a brutal gang battle turns the snowy ground muddy with blood.
DiCaprio quietly impresses, as does Cameron Diaz as his pickpocket squeeze, but their story is secondary to Scorsese's thematic concerns, as a simple tale of revenge escalates into a portrait of class, race and religious war - an incendiary assault on the foundations of the so-called land of the free.
www.bbc.co.uk /films/2002/12/10/gangs_of_new_york_2003_review.shtml   (432 words)

 Gangs of New York   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Gangs form around violent factions such as the Dead Rabbits (Irish Catholics) and the Nativists (the American born).
New York, and Five Corners specifically, is far more than a backdrop for the action, it is an active participant.
This is seen not only in the colors embraced by the gangs but also in the brutal red of blood, the glow off a character’s flesh and the set.
www.hometheaterinfo.com /gangs_of_new_york.htm   (1090 words)

 Gangs of New York
Martin Scorsese' Gangs of New York goes back over 160 years before Scorsese started with Mean Streets and he puts it all in a historically engrossing street-smart perspective with Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis leading the way.
Gangs of New York isn't an empowerment of violence and it's hard to overlook this ambitious undertaking as something less than what the director's career was building toward.
A turbulent age for new York comes alive with dynamism in understanding the mordant fury of its denizens, especially Day-Lewis, who amazingly counters the driven, often dashing DiCaprio.
www.projections-movies.com /reviews/gangsofnewyork.html   (528 words)

 Flipside Movie Emporium: Gangs of New York Movie Review
At one point in Gangs of New York, we're treated to the sight of an elephant charging down the streets, pursued by a mob.
Gangs of New York describes its title city as a "furnace," where politics is literally bathed in blood and the pretext of democracy barely keeps the seething hordes in check.
Indeed Gangs of New York works wonders with such peripheral figures, adroitly displaying the blurred lines between the thugs in the street and those in Tammany Hall.
www.flipsidemovies.com /gangsofnewyork.html   (1005 words)

 A Master and His Embattled Epic; Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York"
What drives him, he says, is "the spectacle of fearless acts." This sums up "Gangs of New York," which is riveted to the spectacle of fearless battles between ruthless factions driven by ethnic hatred, personal fear, and political rage.
Some observers took all this, and the subsequent delay of the picture's release by more than a year, as a sign that "Gangs of New York" was in trouble so severe that even Bill the Butcher couldn't slice his way out of it.
"Gangs of New York" is a war movie in many respects, and there's never long to wait until the next combat scene.
www.indiewire.com /movies/movies_021217gangsofny.html   (1029 words)

 Amazon.ca: Gangs of New York (Widescreen) (2 Discs): DVD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
From its astonishing 1846 prologue to the city's infernal draft riots of 1863, the film aspires to erase the decorum of textbooks and chronicle 19th-century New York as a cauldron of street warfare.
The battle between The Butcher's gang and the Irish ragtag gang, led by Amsterdam's father, entices you with the promise of an exciting movie ahead.
Or perhaps it is because I have only seen Gangs of New York once and am waiting for it to come out on DVD on July 1 so I can view it a second and third time, the latter of which I will be listening to Martin Scorsese's commentary track during.
www.amazon.ca /Gangs-New-York-Widescreen-Discs/dp/B00009N828   (1683 words)

 On Gangs of New York by Craig Russell
Martin Scorsese’s new film Gangs of New York makes clear that all our glorious oratory about freedom and independence only hides the fact that we have always been — and remain still — a land of violence in which the most vicious rule and that might indeed makes right.
We must assume that Bill’s gang holds a monopoly on violence for the next fifteen years because the film then moves ahead to 1862, in the midst of the War Between the States — itself a contest between two gangs fighting for control and a monopoly on violence.
Of the competing gangs of New York, the most vicious — the one that ultimately won control of the city — was the federal government, which by war’s end has established its own monopoly over violence.
www.lewrockwell.com /orig3/russell1.html   (1366 words)

 Anti-Lincoln Gangs of New York by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
Martin Scorcese’s new movie, "The Gangs of New York," is remarkable in that it accurately portrays the New York City working class’s violent opposition to the Lincoln administration during the War for Southern Independence.
New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley, who had become a Republican Party mouthpiece, is shown running for his life from a dinner party at a palace-like residence in the good part of town as the draft protesters break the windows and loot the house.
"The Gangs of New York" is truly remarkable for its accurate portrayal of anti-Lincoln protesters in New York City in 1863, which has to be the most politically incorrect movie segment of the past several decades.
www.lewrockwell.com /dilorenzo/dilorenzo36.html   (913 words)

 Gangs of New York
After all the expectation, it is surprising how absorbing "Gangs of New York" is as a playing movie, rather than an event or a mark in the evolution of Scorsese's career.
Gangs, despite the gravity of its subject matter, is often as fun to watch as a good spaghetti western.
Gangs of New York is an unapologetic mess, whose only saving grace is that it ends by blowing just about everything up.
www.rottentomatoes.com /m/gangs_of_new_york   (1087 words)

 Gangs of New York starring Leonardo DiCaprio - Pictures, News and Full Script   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
'Gangs of New York' is based on the book of the same name by Herbert Asbury.
It is set in 19th century New York and chronicles the city's original gangsters, the Irish and Italian immigrants who began organizing street gangs to fight for control of the city's streets.
They are recreating miles of New York slums in a giant construction project the scale of which has not been seen since Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor trekked through an artificial Nile valley for Cleopatra.
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 Rambles: Gangs of New York   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Gangs of New York shines a bright light on a dirty, hidden secret of New York City's bloody, brawling past.
The movie starts with a vicious gang war, during which Irish immigrant Priest Vallon (Liam Neeson) is killed by native hoodlum Bill "The Butcher" Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis) in a clash for control of the streets of Five Points, a ghetto that hardly seems worth fighting for.
New draft legislation, which lets the rich buy their way out of service while the poor march off to die for a cause they don't support, is the spark that ignites an inferno of violence in the city.
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 Gangs of New York
Gangs of New York, a feature Scorsese has been developing and gradually financing since 1977, is both ennobled, if we’re being generous, and injured, if we’re being honest, by exactly the same impulses.
Gangs sets her up as Casino did Sharon Stone: a striking criminal beauty whose wafting into the plot becomes the seismic source of conflict between two men who have plenty of other reasons to hate each other.
Gangs of New York isn’t a terrible film, and it’s not even the worst of its kind that we’ve seen this year.
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 Reviews - Gangs Of New York   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Returning to the violent Five Points area of the city, the main obstacle to Amsterdam successfully avenging his father’s death turns out not to be the gangsters and hoodlums of New York, but a woman.
‘Gangs of New York’ is the latest film by Martin Scorsese, who’s made his name directing epic, lush, and frequently violent gangster movies.
Whilst remaining firmly in this tradition, ‘Gangs Of New York’ has added historical interest as it is set not in the twentieth century, but in the nineteenth.
www.unreel.co.uk /reviews/g/Gangs_of_New_York/index.cfm   (353 words)

 American Cinematographer: Gangs of New York
According to Asbury, New York’s most fearsome gangs were headquartered in the Sixth Ward, an area bounded by the Bowery, Broadway, Canal (then Walker) and Chatham.
Gangs of New York was filmed at Cinecittà; in Italy, where production designer Dante Ferretti and his crew built the one-mile-square Five Points neighborhood and other sections of Manhattan from scratch on the studio’s 99-acre lot.
Gangs of New York was filmed in Super 35mm (2.35:1), a format Ballhaus has long favored.
www.theasc.com /magazine/jan03/native/index.html   (1335 words)

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