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AMERICAN GANGSTER

 Grade: A-

 
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Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime/Gangster and Biopic 
Running Time: 157 min. 
Release Date: 11/02/2007 (Wide) 

MPAA Rating: R for Violence, pervasive drug content and language, nudity and sexuality.

Distributor: Universal Pictures Distribution 

 Based on the life of drug-kingpin-turned-informant, Frank Lucas, who grew up in segregated North Carolina where he watched as his cousin was shot by the Klan for looking at a white girl. He eventually made his way to Harlem where he became a heroin kingpin by traveling to Asia's Golden Triangle to make connections, shipping heroin back to the US in the coffins of soldiers killed in Vietnam. He soon made upwards of one million dollars a day in drug sales. Lucas was shadowed by lawman, Richie Roberts, who finally helped bring the kingpin to justice. The two then worked together to expose the crooked cops and foreign nationals who made importing heroin so easy.

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Grade: A-
11/04/2007 - Bob Stanza
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Grade: B
02/24/2008 - Lynn Reina
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