Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. Apart from the detail that he was a heroin dealer, Frank Lucas' career would be an ideal case study for a business school. Lucas is played by Denzel Washington in another one of those performances where he is affable and smooth on the outside, yet ruthless enough to set an enemy on fire.
Film ini diawali dengan adegan seorang mafia kulit hitam sedang menyiksa seseorang di sudut jalan yang gelap di malam hari. American Gangster, starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe (both Oscar winners), falls under neither of these categories.
Denzel Washington plays real-life American gangster Frank Lucas, a man who essentially controlled the drug trade in Harlem in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Denzel Washington commands your attention while on screen, whereas Russell Crowe has much more of a subdued performance as Detective Richie Roberts, a cop that may be too honest for his own good.
I particularly enjoyed the exchanges between Frank Lucas and his mother, played by Ruby Dee.
Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan.
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Here's a detail: As the man goes up in flames, Frank shoots him to put him out of his agony. You will receive a weekly newsletter full of movie-related tidbits, articles, trailers, even the occasional streamable movie.
On the one hand, you get flicks that feature the Italian Mafia (or perhaps the Russian Mafia) in some way. He offered a product that was better quality than the competition at a price that was lower than the competition. Denzel grabs your attention from the opening scene, where he torches a man to a crisp while shooting several bullets into his chest, and he does not let go until the movie concludes over two and a half hours later. Lucas is in a Harlem diner with his brothers when he notices a rival gangster walk down the street.

Denzel Washington’s performance as Frank Lucas is absolutely electrifying with his well-tailored suits and ruthless control of the heroin trade in Harlem. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States.
Inheriting a crime empire from his famous boss Bumpy Johnson, he cornered the New York drug trade with admirable capitalist strategies.
Tanpa menghiraukan permohonan dan erangan korban kemudian mafia tersebut menyulut tubuh korban dengan rokoknya hingga terbakar, diiringi dengan tembakan kearah tubuh korban.
He learned much from mentor Bumpy Johnson, gleaning many Italian mob practices along the way as well.
It’s so gripping and powerful that you will literally be clenching your seat in anticipation. He excuses himself from the table to confront this other guy and let’s just say that the result will drop your jaw to the ground. In order for you to see this page as it is meant to appear, we ask that you please re-enable your Javascript! As a result, his product is superior to what is currently available on the street and his prices are lower.
He personally flew to Southeast Asia to buy his product directly from the suppliers, used an ingenious importing scheme to get it into the United States, and sold it at higher purity and lower cost than anyone else was able to. His stubborn antagonist in the picture is a police detective named Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe), who gets a very bad reputation in the department. As a result, Lucas organized his drug empire in a very Mafia kind of way, placing his brothers in leading positions and rolling in all sorts of dough.
At the end, he was worth more than $150 million, and got a reduced sentence by cutting a deal to expose three-quarters of the NYPD narcotics officers as corrupt.
The key to his success was eliminating the middle-man: he bought direct from a source in Southeast Asia, getting pure heroin shipped over in US military planes to New York.
It is also the story of a dedicated and honest policeman, Richie Roberts, who heads up a joint narcotics task force with the Federal government.
What the hell kind of a thing is that to do, when the usual practice would be to share it with the boys?There is something inside Roberts that will not bend, not even when his powerful colleague (Josh Brolin) threatens him.

He vows to bring down Frank Lucas, and he does, although it isn't easy, and his most troubling opposition comes from within the police. Lucas, the student of the late Bumpy, has a simple credo: Treat people right, keep a low profile, adhere to sound business practices and hand out turkeys on Thanksgiving.
He can trust the people who work for him because he pays them very well and many of them are his relatives.In the movie, at least, Lucas is low-key and soft-spoken. No rings on his fingers, no gold around his neck, no spinners on his hubcaps, with a quiet marriage to a sweet wife and a Brooks Brothers image. It takes the authorities the longest time to figure out who he is, because they can't believe an African American could hijack the Harlem drug trade from the Mafia. For one thing, it tells two parallel stories, not one, and it really has to, because without Roberts, there would be no story to tell, and Lucas might still be in business.But that doesn't save us from a stock female character who is becoming increasingly tiresome in the movies, the wife (Carla Gugino) who wants Roberts to choose between his job and his family. Their obligatory scenes together are recycled from a dozen or a hundred other plots, and although we sympathize with her (will they all be targeted for assassination?), we grow restless during her complaints.
Roberts' domestic crisis is not what the movie is about.It is about an extraordinary entrepreneur whose story was told in a New York magazine article by Mark Jacobson. As adapted into a (somewhat fictionalized) screenplay by Steve Zaillian ("Schindler's List"), Lucas is a loyal driver, bodyguard and coat holder for Bumpy Johnson (who has inspired characters in three other movies, including "The Cotton Club"). The drugs will come to the United States inside the coffins of American casualties, which is apparently based on fact.
Everyone in his distribution chain is reasonably happy, because the product is high quality, the price is right, and there's money for everyone.
Ironically, an epidemic of overdoses occurs when Lucas' high-grade stuff is treated by junkies as if it's the usual weaker street strength. Looking like a care-worn bulldog, his Richie Roberts studies for a law degree, remains inviolate in his ethical standards and just keeps plugging away, building his case.The film ends not with a "Scarface"-style shootout, but with Frank and Richie sitting down for a long, intelligent conversation, written by Zaillian to show two smart men who both know the score. As I hinted above: less "The Godfather" than "Wall Street," although for that matter a movie named "American Gangster" could have been made about Kenneth Lay.

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