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American Gangster.....this looks like a must-see movie

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by JR, Jun 8, 2007.

  1. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Directed by Ridley Scott.

    Denzel Washington & Russell Crowe.

    Just shot to the top of my list even though it's not out until November
  2. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Looks great. It's based on the story of Frank Lucas, who single-handedly created and controlled the smack trade in NYC in the 1970s. Supposedly he had all kinds of ways of getting the drugs into the country, including smuggling it in inside the coffins of dead soldiers being returned from Vietnam. Interesting guy, who is still around, believe it or not--in his 60s or 70s. I actually met him.
  3. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    What happened after that is a bit hazy, I presume?
  4. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Ha. Yeah. I didn't meet him recently (well, within the last 6 years), when he was an old man who tells stories about how he was once worth tens of millions... You guessed it. He was my supplier back in the 70s, when I was a 6-year-old smack fiend. When I couldn't pay for my habit, I was a runner for him and when I got really hooked, I did tricks up in Harlem on a fix-to-fix basis.
  5. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Does he look like Denzel Washington? :)
  6. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    6-year-old smack fiend. That's almost as great a phrase as Playcinthros (sp?) describing a fat-assed swimmer.

    Sounds like a Lifetime movie for you, Ragu. "I Was A Six-Year-Old Smack Fiend!"
  7. PhilaYank36

    PhilaYank36 Guest

    I looked this up on Wikipedia, and one of Lucas' contemporaries, Nicky Barnes, has an autobiography out called "Mr. Untouchable," which apparently comes from the moniker the NYT dubbed him. Also, Mark Cuban's media outfit, HDnet, is working on a movie about him, with Marc Levin directing.
  8. Birdscribe

    Birdscribe Active Member

    So YOU were the subject of Janet Cooke's feature?

  9. Riddick

    Riddick Active Member

    Just saw the trailer while waiting for Oceans 13. Looks like a great flick.
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