History Film / AmericanGangster

7th Feb '16 1:05:45 AM FierceArtist
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** It's worth noting that he mostly sold out the {{Dirty Cop}}s he knew, having a passionate hatred for them even if they aided him. It's Ritchie's own firm handle on his principles impressed him, and he agreed to help him.

* PragmaticVillainy
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* PragmaticVillainyPragmaticVillainy: Frank pretty uses this as a principle.

* TheRival: Frank Lucas has one in Nicky Barnes.
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* TheRival: Frank Lucas has two: one in Tango, when he starts out, and later another in Nicky Barnes.

-->'''Tango:''' What the fuck you gonna do, Frank, hm? What you doin? You wanna shoot me, in front of everybody? Huh, come on...
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-->'''Tango:''' What the fuck you gonna do, Frank, hm? What you doin? You wanna shoot me, in front of everybody? everybody!? Huh, come on...(''BoomHeadshot'')
7th Feb '16 12:43:59 AM FierceArtist
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* 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.
7th Feb '16 12:34:41 AM FierceArtist
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* EnemiesEqualsGreatness: Frank was advised by Domonic that he can be successful when he has enemies, and unsuccessful when he has friends.
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* EnemiesEqualsGreatness: Frank was advised by Domonic Dominic that he can be successful when he has enemies, and unsuccessful when he has friends.friends, when Frank comes to him about an assassination attempt on him and his wife.

* 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, 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 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.down]].

* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: One of the first thing FriendlyEnemy: Frank did after setting up his own organisation Lucas and Nicky Barnes despite being rival mobsters, are on rather friendly speaking terms with each other. The only time things get a little tense 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 when Frank take revenge on Trupo for seizing expressed his drug money irritation at him altering his "Blue Magic" product and attend church with her instead, that eventually brings insisted on him down.not using the name if he's going to purchase and alter the heroin anyway.

* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Less "hero" and more "ObstructiveBureaucrat", but the FBI Special Agent who grills Robertson over raiding a military plane and searching coffins of deceased American soldiers counts. When Robertson tells him that his sources leads to Frank Lucas heading the Orange Triangle drug trafficking operation, he asks if he's Italian, and when Robertson replies he's black, he assumes that he ''must'' be working for the Mafia, scoffing at the notion that a "nigger" could by himself set up an operation on a scale larger than anything the Mafia has done, before calling Robertson a "kike" when he dismisses him.
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* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Less "hero" and more "ObstructiveBureaucrat", but the FBI Special Agent who grills Robertson over raiding a military plane and searching coffins of deceased American soldiers counts. When Robertson tells him that his sources leads to Frank Lucas heading the Orange Golden Triangle drug trafficking operation, he asks if he's Italian, and when Robertson replies he's black, he assumes that he ''must'' be working for the Mafia, scoffing at the notion that a "nigger" could by himself set up an operation on a scale larger than anything the Mafia has done, before calling Robertson a "kike" when he dismisses him.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Less "hero" and more "ObstructiveBureaucrat", but the FBI Special Agent who grills Robertson over raiding a military plane and searching coffins of deceased American soldiers counts. When Robertson tells him that his sources leads to TheRival: Frank Lucas heading the Orange Triangle drug trafficking operation, he asks if he's Italian, and when Robertson replies he's black, he assumes that he ''must'' be working for the Mafia, scoffing at the notion that a "nigger" could by himself set up an operation on a scale larger than anything the Mafia has done, before calling Robertson a "kike" when he dismisses him.one in Nicky Barnes.
7th Feb '16 12:23:57 AM FierceArtist
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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas
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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamasEvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: 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, that eventually brings him down.

* 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 kyke by the [[{{Jerkass}} guy]] who reams him out over [[spoiler:raiding the military plane]]).
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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 kyke "kike" by the [[{{Jerkass}} guy]] FBI special agent]] who reams him out over [[spoiler:raiding the military plane]]).

* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Both times that Frank does something against his pragmatic ruthless nature when pushed by his loved ones, it proves his downfall. First when his wife coerces him in wearing a extravagant fur coat that makes Richie notice him for the first time, second was his mother pleading him not to take revenge on Trupo and instead go to church, where the cops are waiting for him. * NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Frank delivers a few. The most disturbing one happens when he use ''a piano lid'' to smash one of undisciplined man right in front of numerous guest during party in his house.
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* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Both times that Frank does something against his pragmatic ruthless nature when pushed by his loved ones, it proves to be his downfall. First when his wife coerces him in wearing a extravagant fur coat that makes Richie notice him for the first time, second was his mother pleading him not to take revenge on Trupo and instead go to church, where the cops are waiting for him. * NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Frank delivers a few. The most disturbing one happens when he use uses ''a piano lid'' to smash the head of one of his undisciplined man men (one of his cousins, no less!) right in front of numerous guest guests during a party in his house.

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* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Both times PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Less "hero" and more "ObstructiveBureaucrat", but the FBI Special Agent who grills Robertson over raiding a military plane and searching coffins of deceased American soldiers counts. When Robertson tells him that his sources leads to Frank does something against his pragmatic ruthless nature Lucas heading the Orange Triangle drug trafficking operation, he asks if he's Italian, and when pushed by his loved ones, it proves his downfall. First when his wife coerces him in wearing a extravagant fur coat Robertson replies he's black, he assumes that makes Richie notice him he ''must'' be working for the first time, second was his mother pleading him not to take revenge on Trupo and instead go to church, where Mafia, scoffing at the cops are waiting for him. * NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Frank delivers notion that a few. The most disturbing one happens "nigger" could by himself set up an operation on a scale larger than anything the Mafia has done, before calling Robertson a "kike" when he use ''a piano lid'' to smash one of undisciplined man right in front of numerous guest during party in his house.dismisses him.
1st Feb '16 8:16:10 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: Neither Lucas nor Roberts were as attractive in real life as they are in the film.
6th Jan '16 6:26:59 PM DrOO7
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* 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.

* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Frank delivers few. The most disturbing one happens when he use ''a piano lid'' to smash one of undisciplined man right in front of numerous guest during party in his house.
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* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Frank delivers a few. The most disturbing one happens when he use ''a piano lid'' to smash one of undisciplined man right in front of numerous guest during party in his house.
6th Jan '16 6:25:05 PM DrOO7
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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 kyke by the [[Jerkass guy]] who reams him out over [[spoiler:raiding the military plane]]).
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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 kyke by the [[Jerkass [[{{Jerkass}} guy]] who reams him out over [[spoiler:raiding the military plane]]).
29th Sep '15 11:30:38 AM f1shst1x
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* OfCorpseHesAlive: A corrupt cop has killed a man in drug deal gone bad, and his neighbors are close to rioting. The cops have paramedics bandage the corpse, open his eyes, and prop him up on a gurney. They then wheel him to the ambulance, pacifying the crowd by assuring them that he'll be fine and they're taking him to the hospital.
30th May '15 10:13:47 AM ElGuanoLoco119
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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 kyke by the guy who reams him out over [[spoiler:raiding the military plane]]).
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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 kyke by the guy [[Jerkass guy]] who reams him out over [[spoiler:raiding the military plane]]).
30th May '15 10:11:47 AM ElGuanoLoco119
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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 kyke by the guy who reams him out over [[raiding the military plane]]).
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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 kyke by the guy who reams him out over [[raiding [[spoiler:raiding the military plane]]).
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