History Film / AmericanGangster

7th Jul '16 3:21:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* StraightEdgeEvil: Frank Lucas. See DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster.
7th Jul '16 3:17:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* VillainWithGoodPublicity: See NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters.
7th Jul '16 3:17:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* VillainProtagonist: Frank Lucas is either this or a ''very'' [[ByronicHero dark]] AntiHero.
7th Jul '16 2:55:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar / HolidayInCambodia
7th Jul '16 2:54:57 AM Morgenthaler
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25th Jun '16 1:24:41 PM TheWanderer
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* EnemiesEqualsGreatness: Frank was advised by Dominic that he can be successful when he has enemies, and unsuccessful when he has friends, when Frank comes to him about an assassination attempt on him and his wife.

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* EnemiesEqualsGreatness: Frank was is advised by Dominic that he can be successful when he has and have enemies, and or be unsuccessful when he has and have friends, when Frank comes to him Dominic furious about an assassination attempt on him and his wife.



* EvilParentsWantGoodKids: Frank tries to persuade nephew Steve, a talented baseball player, to pursue a pro career. He even arranges an interview with the manager of the New York Yankees. Frank is understandably upset when Steve decides to stick with the family business and is killed during a shootout with police.

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* EvilParentsWantGoodKids: Frank tries to persuade nephew Steve, a talented baseball player, to pursue a pro career. He even arranges an interview with the manager of the New York Yankees. Frank is understandably upset when Steve decides to stick with the family business and is killed captured during a shootout with police.



* TheLastDJ: Ritchie discovers he's this in the NYPD, when he turns in $1 million he found in the boot of a car. The rest of the NYPD officers treat him as a pariah.

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* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Frank is advised to keep this in mind by his heroin supplier, who reminds him that Frank has his money, his family, etc., and is going through needless risks by trying to continue importing heroin as the war in Vietnam winds down, which would cut off Frank's supply.
-->Quitting while you're ahead isn't the same as quitting.
* TheLastDJ: Ritchie discovers he's this in the NYPD, when he turns in $1 million he found in the boot of a car. The rest of the NYPD officers treat him as a pariah.pariah because someone that honest might just try to turn them in for their own corruption. His career is dead in the water until a friendly supervisor moves him across the river to New Jersey and puts Ritchie in charge of a special unit. His partner, despite being less squeaky clean, gets hit with it too for having gone along with Ritchie in turning in the money, and goes on a downward spiral that includes becoming an addict and overdosing on Frank's product.



* WouldHitAGirl: With a bit of double standards - when Trupo smacks Frank's wife, it's to show how bad he is. When Richie kicks the woman in charge of distribution ''in the face'', he's CombatPragmatist.

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* WouldHitAGirl: With a bit of double standards - when Trupo smacks Frank's wife, it's to show how bad he is. When Richie kicks the woman in charge of distribution ''in the face'', he's CombatPragmatist. (Keep in mind the circumstances are quite different, however, as Ritchie was about to get shot while Trupo is invading Frank's home and being beating an unarmed woman.)
25th Feb '16 2:00:14 AM FierceArtist
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* FlashedBadgeHijack: A deleted scene has Richie punching out a cab-driver who refuses to let him take his cab so that he can follow a lead.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: Dominic Cattano.
* FlashedBadgeHijack: A deleted scene has Richie punching out a cab-driver who refuses to let him take his cab so that he can follow a lead. His boss is not so much annoyed that he did this, but that he did it ''after flashing his police badge'', leading to the possibility of the cab driver pressing charges.
-->'''Lou:''' Couldn't you knock him out ''before'' showing your badge?


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* {{Jerkass}}: Tango; Trupo.
21st Feb '16 11:26:36 AM FierceArtist
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* CrazyEnoughToWork: Frank arrives in Vietnam through his cousin-in-law US serviceman Lou, and travels to Thailand to an opium field controlled by a Thai general. The general is at first, apprehensive about selling him heroin, and quizzes Lucas on how he expects to transport the amount of heroin he demands without the US military noticing, and Lucas responds "[[{{Foreshadowing}} You don't have to worry about that]]". The general then asks what happens if he survives the attempt. Lucas confidently responds that he'll return to Thailand to purchase more. Amused, and impressed by his determination, the general agrees on the deal. [[spoiler:It turns out that Frank had the heroin transported by hiding it in the coffins of dead US servicemen]].

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* CrazyEnoughToWork: Frank arrives in Vietnam Thailand through his cousin-in-law US serviceman Lou, cousin-in-law, Sgt. Ike Atkinson, and travels to Thailand to an opium field controlled by a Thai Kuomintang general. The general is is, at first, fairly apprehensive about selling him the heroin, and quizzes Lucas on how he expects to transport the amount 100kg of heroin he demands without the US military noticing, noticing and without the help of a well-known and experienced organization; Lucas simply responds "[[{{Foreshadowing}} "[[BadassBoast You don't have to worry about that]]". The general then asks what happens if he survives the attempt. attempt, or evades capture. Lucas confidently responds that he'll return to Thailand to purchase more.much more from them - through a representative. Amused, and impressed by his determination, the general agrees on the deal. [[spoiler:It turns out that Frank had the heroin transported by hiding it in the coffins of dead US servicemen]].
21st Feb '16 9:16:26 AM FierceArtist
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* CrazyEnoughToWork: Frank arrives in Vietnam through his cousin-in-law US serviceman Lou, and travels to Thailand to an opium field controlled by a Thai general. The general is at first, apprehensive about selling him heroin, and quizzes Lucas on how he expects to transport the amount of heroin he demands without the US military noticing, and Lucas responds "[[{{Foreshadowing}} You don't have to worry about that]]". The general then asks what happens if he survives the attempt. Lucas confidently responds that he'll return to Thailand to purchase more. Amused, and impressed by his determination, the general agrees on the deal. [[spoiler:It turns out that Frank had the heroin transported by hiding it in the coffins of dead US servicemen]].
21st Feb '16 8:59:35 AM FierceArtist
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* ArchEnemy: Ritchie seems to consider Lucas this, even if [[UnknownRival the latter is not even aware of him for most of the film]]. Frank himself despises Trupo, who is thorn in Frank's side when he keeps extorting money from him , in return of allowing his operations to continue. It leads to Frank having a bomb planted in his car as a warning, and when he later seizes his emergency money, Frank considers personally killing him. [[spoiler:Frank ultimately gets the last laugh on Trupo when after his downfall, he implicates him as one of the dozens of officers that got involved with him or the New York drug scene, disgracing him and [[DrivenToSuicide driving him to suicide]] than be arrested]].



* DontTellMama: subverted, because even though Lucas never tells his mother where the family prosperity comes from, she knows. Towards the end she proves that she's not naive or stupid when she calls him out on this, and involving the rest of the family in drug trafficking.

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* DontTellMama: subverted, Subverted, because even though Lucas never tells his mother where the family prosperity comes from, she knows. Towards the end she proves that she's not naive or stupid when she calls him out on this, and involving the rest of the family in drug trafficking.



* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: One of the first thing Frank did after setting up his own organisation was move his mother to a sizeable mansion in North Carolina, including having her room recreated. In fact, it was his mother's insistence on not letting Frank take revenge on Trupo for seizing his drug money and attend church with her instead, [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished that eventually brings him down]].

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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: One of the first thing Frank did after setting up his own organisation was move his mother to a sizeable sizable mansion in North Carolina, Connecticut, including having her room recreated. In fact, it was his mother's insistence on not letting Frank take revenge on Trupo for seizing his drug money and attend church with her instead, [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished that eventually brings him down]].
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