King of New York

September 28, 1990 0 By Fans
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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)

Abel Ferrara

Stars: Christopher Walken, David Caruso, Laurence Fishburne

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.


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


Joey Chin

Larry Wong

Giancarlo Esposito


Paul Calderon

Joey Dalesio

Steve Buscemi

Test Tube

Theresa Randle


Leonard L. Thomas


(as Leonard Lee Thomas)

Roger Guenveur Smith


(as Roger Smith)

Carrie Nygren


Ernest Abuba

King Tito

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


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Release Date: 28 September 1990

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

Gross: $2,554,476

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


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.


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.


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


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.