King of New York

September 28th, 1990







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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

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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.









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