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King of New York

Plot

A former drug lord returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition and distribute the profits of his operations to New York's poor and lower classes in this stylish and ultra violent modern twist on Robin Hood.

Release Year: 1990

Rating: 6.9/10 (13,329 voted)

Director:
Abel Ferrara

Stars: Christopher Walken, David Caruso, Laurence Fishburne

Storyline
A former drug lord returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition and distribute the profits of his operations to the city's poor in this stylish and ultraviolent modern twist on Robin Hood.

Cast:

Christopher Walken

Frank White


David Caruso

Dennis Gilley


Laurence Fishburne

Jimmy Jump

(as Larry Fishburne)


Victor Argo

Roy Bishop


Wesley Snipes

Thomas Flanigan


Janet Julian

Jennifer


Joey Chin

Larry Wong


Giancarlo Esposito

Lance


Paul Calderon

Joey Dalesio


Steve Buscemi

Test Tube


Theresa Randle

Raye


Leonard L. Thomas

Blood

(as Leonard Lee Thomas)


Roger Guenveur Smith

Tanner

(as Roger Smith)


Carrie Nygren

Melanie


Ernest Abuba

King Tito

Taglines:
The cops tried to stop him their way…Now they'll have to do it HIS way.



Details

Official Website:
Official site |

Release Date: 28 September 1990

Filming Locations: 5th Avenue, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Gross: $2,554,476
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

The first cut of the film originally ran for almost two hours and had to be edited down to 106 minutes to avoid an X rating.

Goofs:

Continuity:
In the car chase, the right headlight gets knocked out in the dark sedan, but later shots of the chase show both headlights working on all three cars.

Quotes:

Frank White:
You think ambushing me in some nightclub's gonna stop what makes people take drugs? This country spends $100 billion a year on getting high, and it's not because of me. All that time I was wasting in jail, it just got worse. I'm not your problem. I'm just a businessman.



User Review

King of the Genre

Rating:

Do you like Christopher Walken movies? The good, the deep psychological
studies, the creepy pseudo-underworld /misfit characters that have
unfortunately typecast one of America's greatest and multi-talented
contemporary actors?

Do you like Abel Ferrara movies? The down in the muck, inner-city
examinations of the seedier motivations and lifestyles-the side of life many
of us would like to ignore, but are intrigued by nonetheless?

Low budget and a lot of conjones are trademarks of Ferrara's films (Fear
City, The Addiction, The Funeral) and this is no exception, but the term
stylish is defined here..You see, you hear, you FEEL the environment-the
nasty low morality hustlers of the five burroughs………….Much congrats to Alex
Tovoularis' production design.

King of New York may not be as famous as Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant in the
world of the cinema-geek, but maybe it should be.

Joe Delia's haunting soundtrack is a perfect compliment to Bojan Bazelli's
moody visuals-Walken's confrontation scene of the old-style Mafiosos is as
classic as it is intense.

Man, do I love this movie.