History Film / AmericanGangster

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
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.)
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