History Film / GangsOfNewYork

2nd Feb '17 8:19:51 AM Saveelich
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It's 1846, and rival gangs are fighting over the Five Points district. Priest Vallon (Creator/LiamNeeson) leads the "Dead Rabbits", the gang of Irish-Catholic immigrants. Bill "The Butcher" Cutting (Creator/DanielDayLewis)leads the anti-immigrant "Natives". During a bloody battle, Bill kills Priest and declares the Dead Rabbits outlawed as Priest's young son Amsterdam watches.

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It's 1846, and rival gangs are fighting over the Five Points district. Priest Vallon (Creator/LiamNeeson) leads the "Dead Rabbits", the gang of Irish-Catholic immigrants. Bill "The Butcher" Cutting (Creator/DanielDayLewis)leads (Creator/DanielDayLewis) leads the anti-immigrant "Natives". During a bloody battle, Bill kills Priest and declares the Dead Rabbits outlawed as Priest's young son Amsterdam watches.
13th Jan '17 4:31:43 PM Divra
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* FightingIrish: '''''EVERYONE'''''.



* ViolentGlaswegian: Sub in an Irishman for a Scotsman and the trope is played totally straight.
24th Nov '16 11:08:31 AM AllenbysEyes88
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* FreudianExcuse: Bill attributes his xenophobia to losing his father in the UsefulNotes/WarOf1812.
24th Nov '16 11:05:36 AM AllenbysEyes88
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* HollywoodHistory: The bulk of the movie's set from 1862-1863 and rolls a decade's worth of history into that time period. Naturally, there are some relatively minor anachronisms. The Old Brewery closed in 1852, a decade before the film's depiction; John Schermerhorn died in 1851 of natural causes, rather than being murdered in the Draft Riots; Bill's shown backing a Know-Nothing candidate for Sheriff when that party no longer existed in 1863. As mentioned elsewhere on this page, Bill is loosely based on William Poole, who died eight years prior to the movie's events.

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* HollywoodHistory: The bulk of the movie's set from 1862-1863 and rolls a decade's worth of history into that time period. Naturally, there are some relatively minor anachronisms. The Old Brewery closed in 1852, a decade before the film's depiction; John Schermerhorn died in 1851 of natural causes, rather than being murdered in the Draft Riots; Bill's shown backing Bill backs a Know-Nothing candidate for Sheriff when that party no longer existed in 1863. As mentioned elsewhere on this page, Bill is loosely based on William Poole, who died eight years prior to the movie's events.
19th Nov '16 9:56:57 PM finalfaw
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** It's probably more to do with [[spoiler: everyone knowing Amsterdam betrayed and was spared by Bill rather than the cut on his cheek]]
25th Oct '16 3:33:41 AM Fireblood
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* BoomerangBigot: The Irish-Catholic [=McGloin=], who joins up with the "Natives" in order to acquire more power on the streets. His alliance with Bill is also heavily influenced by his hatred of blacks.

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* BoomerangBigot: The Irish-Catholic [=McGloin=], who joins up with the "Natives" in order to acquire more power on the streets. His alliance with Bill is also heavily influenced by his hatred of blacks. Bill is another example, as he hates the Irish but is of Irish ancestry himself.



* TheButcher, Bill

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* TheButcher, BillTheButcher: Bill.



* DarkerAndEdgier: Find any movie or tv show set in the 19th United States that's darker and more unflinching in its portrayal of the problems of the culture.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Find any movie or tv TV show set in the 19th United States that's darker and more unflinching in its portrayal of the problems of the culture.



** Considering you have Dead Rabbits in the Nativists (like [=McGloin=]) already, and the fact that despite all his rantings about the Irish, Cutting is a second-generation Irish himself, it's not surprising.

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** Considering you have Dead Rabbits in the Nativists (like [=McGloin=]) already, and the fact that despite all his rantings about the Irish, Cutting is a second-generation Irish Irishman himself, it's not surprising.



* IrishPriest: Priest Vallon of course.

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* IrishPriest: Priest Vallon of course.course, although he's not actually ordained.



** Most of the Bill's hatred for the Irish is hilarious considering Day-Lewis himself is a naturalized Irish Citizen.

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** Most of the Bill's hatred for the Irish is hilarious considering he is himself of Irish descent. Day-Lewis himself is a naturalized Irish Citizen.citizen.



* MurderTheHypotenuse: Johnny betrays Amsterdam when he realizes she has eyes for Amsterdam and not him.

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* MurderTheHypotenuse: Johnny betrays Amsterdam when he realizes she Jenny has eyes for Amsterdam and not him.



* NobleDemon: Bill does live by a some code of honor, no matter how alien, and pets the dog approximately twice.

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* NobleDemon: Bill does live by a some code of honor, no matter how alien, and pets the dog approximately twice.



** Amsterdam and Bill. Compare Bill's backstory and Amsterdam's arc [[spoiler: post-beatdown]]. Heck, when Bill is watching Monk's funeral procession, he's not there to intimidate anyone or mock the procession. He's waiting for Amsterdam, and he gets exactly what he expected/hoped: Amsterdam to tell him, "Challenge". Bill smiles genuinely and replies warmly, "Challenge accepted." He's pleased that Amsterdam is learning "the laws of ancient combat".

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** Amsterdam and Bill. Compare Bill's backstory and Amsterdam's arc [[spoiler: post-beatdown]]. Heck, when Bill is watching Monk's funeral procession, he's not there to intimidate anyone or mock the procession. He's waiting for Amsterdam, and he gets exactly what he expected/hoped: Amsterdam to tell him, him "Challenge". Bill smiles genuinely and replies warmly, warmly "Challenge accepted." He's pleased that Amsterdam is learning "the laws of ancient combat".



** To a lesser degree, Bill also talks to Arthur, one man about to be hanged, and offers him $1.50 for his late mother's locket. While this may seem petty and cruel, Bill then tells him, "I'll miss you, Arthur. See you in the Hot Country, shamus." Keep in mind too that Bill is a ''Nativist'' who is giving a traditional Irish benediction.
** Bill is genuinely saddened by Happy Jack's death, muttering to Boss Tweed that he could spare ten of him than he could of Jack.

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** To a lesser degree, Bill also talks to Arthur, one man about to be hanged, and offers him $1.50 for his late mother's locket. While this may seem petty and cruel, Bill then tells him, him "I'll miss you, Arthur. See you in the Hot Country, shamus." Keep in mind too that Bill is a ''Nativist'' who is giving a traditional Irish benediction.
** Bill is genuinely saddened by Happy Jack's death, muttering to Boss Tweed that he could more spare ten of him than he could of Jack.
5th Oct '16 11:46:38 PM foxley
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* DeadAnimalWarning: Subverted. When Amsterdam hangs a dead rabbit on a fence in Paradise Square, it's the symbol of his father's old gang, the Dead Rabbits, and both a call to arms for the immigrant community and a message to Bill the Butcher that he's not going to give up.
2nd Oct '16 6:12:57 AM AnotherGuy
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* FatherToHisMen: Monk scolds Amsterdam that whatever the Priest's faults, he always loved his people.
30th Sep '16 7:15:11 AM Mongoosedog
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* MoodSwing: A subtle but effective one occurs right during the opening sequence, when young Amsterdam witnesses the Battle of the Points. We see the Priest gathering his "congregation" while rousing folk music plays, they meet the Butcher and his "Natives" in Paradise Square, [[RousingSpeech rousing speech]]es are held, insults are exchanged and the battle ensues while a brooding instrumental rendition of {{Creator/PeterGabriel}}'s "Signal to Noise" plays.
At first we get a rather generic battle sequence with a fair bit of BloodlessCarnage, Bill the Butcher seemingly effortlessly cutting through his adversaries, people flying, crashing through windows etc. This however lasts only right until the middle of the sequence, when the song switches to its heavier electronic part and we see ears getting bitten off, people running around with gaping wounds, legs getting cut off and gallons of blood everywhere, culminating in [[spoiler: the Butcher brutally stabbing the Priest]].

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* MoodSwing: A subtle but effective one occurs right during the opening sequence, when young Amsterdam witnesses the Battle of the Points. We see the Priest gathering his "congregation" while rousing folk music plays, they meet the Butcher and his "Natives" in Paradise Square, [[RousingSpeech rousing speech]]es are held, insults are exchanged and the battle ensues while a brooding instrumental rendition of {{Creator/PeterGabriel}}'s "Signal to Noise" plays. \n At first we get a rather generic battle sequence with a fair bit of BloodlessCarnage, Bill the Butcher seemingly effortlessly cutting through his adversaries, people flying, crashing through windows etc. This however lasts only right until the middle of the sequence, when the song switches to its heavier electronic part and we see ears getting bitten off, people running around with gaping wounds, legs getting cut off and gallons of blood everywhere, culminating in [[spoiler: the Butcher brutally stabbing the Priest]].
30th Sep '16 7:11:59 AM Mongoosedog
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* MoodSwing: A subtle but effective one occurs right during the opening sequence, when young Amsterdam witnesses the Battle of the Points. We see the Priest gathering his "congregation" while rousing folk music plays, they meet the Butcher and his "Natives" in Paradise Square, [[RousingSpeech rousing speech]]es are held, insults are exchanged and the battle ensues while a brooding instrumental rendition of {{Creator/PeterGabriel}}'s "Signal to Noise" plays.
At first we get a rather generic battle sequence with a fair bit of BloodlessCarnage, Bill the Butcher seemingly effortlessly cutting through his adversaries, people flying, crashing through windows etc. This however lasts only right until the middle of the sequence, when the song switches to its heavier electronic part and we see ears getting bitten off, people running around with gaping wounds, legs getting cut off and gallons of blood everywhere, culminating in [[spoiler: the Butcher brutally stabbing the Priest]].
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