History Film / AmericanGangster

10th Apr '17 8:52:08 PM Antwan
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* {{Biopic}}

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* {{Biopic}}{{Biopic}}: Based on the real lives of Frank Lucas and Richie Roberts.



* CatchPhrase: Frank got his ''My man''.

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* CatchPhrase: Frank got his ''My man''.has one, "My man."



* GenericEthnicCrimeGang

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* GenericEthnicCrimeGangGenericEthnicCrimeGang: Frank Lucas models his empire on the Italians' to create an African-American mafia, with him as the patriarch.



--> "I got Harlem. I took care of Harlem, so Harlem's gonna take care of me."
* NeverLiveItDown: Ritchie turning in the $1 million that he found. Even Lucas calls him on it, but ironically, is the only one to ''praise'' him for doing so.

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--> "I -->''"I got Harlem. I took care of Harlem, so Harlem's gonna take care of me."
* NeverLiveItDown: Ritchie turning in the $1 million that he found. Even Lucas calls him on it, but ironically, is the only one to ''praise'' him for doing so.
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* TheSeventies

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* TheSeventiesTheSeventies: The movie mostly takes place in 1970s Harlem.



30th Mar '17 3:22:49 PM ArtoriusRex
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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]].

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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 proves to be a thorn in Frank's side when he keeps by continuously extorting money from him , in return of for allowing his Frank's operations to continue. It leads to Frank having to have a bomb planted in his car as a warning, and when he Trupo later seizes his Frank's emergency money, Frank considers personally killing him. [[spoiler:Frank ultimately gets the last laugh on Trupo when when, after his downfall, he implicates him Trupo as one of the dozens of officers that got involved with him or the New York drug scene, thus disgracing him and [[DrivenToSuicide driving him to commit suicide]] rather than be arrested]].
22nd Jan '17 1:14:51 AM spoonofevil
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* BittersweetEnding: For both Richie and Frank.
** Ritchie, despite [[spoiler:ultimately bringing down Frank's organization and becoming an attorney, is unable to save his marriage.]]
** Frank, despite [[spoiler:avoiding a lengthy prison sentence, still has to serve 15 years and when he's released, he finds himself in a new era he is completely unfamiliar with and completely alone.]]
4th Nov '16 11:54:53 PM DrOO7
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* CoitusUninterruptus: One of Frank's half-naked drug molls chats with his brothers as casually as if she were fully clothed.


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* FanDisservice: Subverted. The half-naked women in Frank's drug den are all very attractive, but their beauty is diminished by the gritty business they're in.


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** Richie turning in the $1 million that he finds gets him branded as someone untrustworthy by the corrupt cops that he works with--even the ''honest'' cops that he work with shake their heads at it.
4th Oct '16 3:36:55 PM The_J_Hat
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* InformedJudaism: In extended cut, during final scene Richie is wearing a David star on his neck. Nothing aside from this detail implies him being Jewish or having any connections with Judaism (other than being called a "kike" by the [[{{Jerkass}} FBI special agent]] who reams him out over [[spoiler:raiding the military plane]]).

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* InformedJudaism: In extended cut, during final scene Richie is wearing Ritchie wears a Star of David star on his neck.necklace throughout the film. Nothing aside from this detail implies him being Jewish or having any connections with Judaism (other than being called a "kike" by the [[{{Jerkass}} FBI special agent]] who reams him out over [[spoiler:raiding the military plane]]).
11th Sep '16 9:11:07 AM TheWanderer
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* JustAGangster: Frank is told or reminded numerous times that he could retire on the money he's made, and that continuing to be involved in criminal activity puts himself and others close to him at risk of being killed or arrested. He chooses to continue dealing drugs, and sure enough, is eventually caught.
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
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