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King of New York (1990)

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Release Date
• USA: Sep 28, 1990
DVD Release Date
• R1: Aug 15, 2000
• R2: 14 Apr 2003

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Running Time
1 hour, 43 minutes

Country USA, Italy

Studio Reteitalia, Scena Film International

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• King of New York

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Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Drugs, Murder, Police, Gangsters, Cult Classic, Suspense, Revenge

Tagline: Not everyone who runs a city is elected.

Plot: Christopher Walken stars as Frank White, an ultracool crime boss, in this moody gem from director Abel Ferrara. Released from a long stint in jail, White rejoins his devoted gang, which includes the trigger-happy Jimmy Jump (Laurence Fishburne), Test Tube (Steve Buscemi), and his attractive attorney girlfriend, Jennifer (Janet Julian). Setting up headquarters in Trump Plaza, they start wiping out members of rival mobs in a bid to take back the streets and indulge in lots of cocaine and sex, but ultimately White has more noble ambitions, such as giving a fortune in drug money to charity. David Caruso, Victor Argo, and Wesley Snipes costar as a group of bitter cops who don’t buy Frank’s change of heart and decide to go outside the law to take him down. Poetic, sexy, funny, somber, and very violent, this critical hit cemented the rep of Ferrara and has earned a strong cult following. Bozan Bajelli serves as director of the arresting cinematography, which is full of rich shadows and gold, blue, and red hues. For fans of films such as THE GODFATHER and SCARFACE, this is essential viewing.

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 Directed by
Abel Ferrara
Bad Lieutenant, Body Snatchers, The Funeral
 Written by
Nicholas St. John
The Funeral, The Addiction, Dangerous Game
Christopher Walken
Catch Me If You Can, Sleepy Hollow, Wedding Crashers
David Caruso
Twins, First Blood, Proof of Life
Laurence Fishburne
The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, Apocalypse Now
Wesley Snipes
Blade II, Blade, Blade: Trinity
Giancarlo Esposito
The Usual Suspects, Ali, Do the Right Thing
Steve Buscemi
Reservoir Dogs, Fargo, The Big Lebowski
Theresa Randle
Bad Boys, Bad Boys II, Space Jam
 Music By
Joe Delia
Bad Lieutenant, The Tao of Steve, Body Snatchers

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