History Film / GangsOfNewYork

6th Sep '17 5:24:23 PM Omnicron13
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* SelfDeprecation: "I look as sober as my grandfather... He was a stinkin' drunk."

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* SelfDeprecation: "I look "It's got me lookin as sober as my me own grandfather... He was a stinkin' drunk.total drunken bastard."
6th Sep '17 5:16:40 PM Omnicron13
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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Despite being shown as an utterly deplorable bigot, [=McGloin=] deeply cares about his deceased mother, being seen making a prayer for her to rest in peace before he was forced out of the church.
6th Sep '17 4:49:41 PM Omnicron13
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* PoliceAreUseless: Though not for the expected reasons.

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** Bill choosing to take in an impoverished 12 year old Jenny who was living in a doorway after her mother died. Even if he did have sex with her which led to a Caesarian scar after the birth and death of her baby, she insisted Bill never laid a hand on her until she asked him to.
* PoliceAreUseless: Though not for the expected reasons. Many of them are bought are bought off by Boss Tweed to look the other way when it comes to crimes, while the Metropolitan police is too busy with gang violence.
6th Sep '17 4:35:59 PM Omnicron13
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* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Monk seems to have this attitude towards the Irish in America, telling Amsterdam that his first impulse is to tear at him and destruct the world, which is why he didn't like to run with the Dead Rabbits or Priest Vallon unless they paid him.



* NotSoDifferent: Bill on the Priest.

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* NotSoDifferent: Bill on the Priest. Monk corroborates this by referring to the Priest as a "thick, ignorant, barbarous Irish whelp" just like Amsterdam would soon be.
27th Aug '17 7:05:08 PM Omnicron13
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** To a slightly lesser extent are his gang, The Confederation of American Natives, who ritually torment, bully, and downright assault newly arriving immigrants, blacks, or anyone else who doesn't pay them the proper tribute. They're so dangerous that they managed to keep a rule over all of New York City that dictated no one would speak of the "Dead Rabbits" under penalty of execution by their hands.



** Bill absolutely despises liars, cheats, backstabbers and dishonorable behavior in general.
** [=McGloin=] does not look kindly upon selling corpses for cash.

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** Bill absolutely despises liars, cheats, backstabbers and dishonorable behavior in general.
general. Hypocritically, he has committed all the behaviors he despises.
** [=McGloin=] does not look kindly upon selling corpses for cash.cash due to his religious scruples and is thoroughly disgusted Amsterdam immediately sold off a dead man who his gang killed in a botched heist.



* FreudianExcuse: Bill attributes his xenophobia to losing his father in the UsefulNotes/WarOf1812.

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* FreudianExcuse: Bill attributes his xenophobia to losing his father in the UsefulNotes/WarOf1812.UsefulNotes/WarOf1812 and believes in getting rid of anyone who he thinks dishonors his nation by not fighting, serving with distinction, or dying for it like his father did.



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

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** Most of Bill's brutal hatred for the Irish is hilarious or hypocritically repugnant considering he is himself of Irish descent. Day-Lewis is a naturalized Irish citizen.
18th Jul '17 2:07:36 PM ThatsNotFroot
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A 2002 American historical film by Creator/MartinScorsese, based on a 1928 nonfiction book of the same name.

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A 2002 American historical film crime-drama by Creator/MartinScorsese, based on a 1928 nonfiction book of the same name.



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Ends in a famous TimePassesMontage featuring the changing skyline of New York over the years, which caused the director no end of hassle in the wake of 9/11.

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Ends in a famous TimePassesMontage featuring the changing skyline of New York over the years, which caused the director Scorsese no end of hassle in the wake of 9/11.
13th Jul '17 12:09:30 AM Angelus25
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** Even firefighter companies behave like gangs, fighting each other instead of putting out a fire.

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** Even firefighter companies behave like gangs, fighting each other instead of putting out a fire and leaving the fire unattended to sack a house that ISN'T on fire.
8th Jul '17 5:13:22 AM CantNotLookAtThisSite
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory:
** The New York City Draft Riot scene takes a few liberties with the events that actually transpired. The film exaggerates the extent of the riot and the sort of events that took place.
** It is not known whether or not [[spoiler:the US Navy actually fired artillery on Paradise Square]], but it's probable that it didn't actually happen, though some historical evidence suggests [[spoiler:artillery was used, albeit on land]].
13th May '17 9:31:38 AM mantis
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** Arguably, [[spoiler: Amsterdam]]'s killing of [[spoiler: Bill]] could also be seen this way by the latter, since it comes after his MortalWoundReveal, and at a moment when it's certain that his vision of what America should be is irretrievably lost (see EndOfAnAge and HiddenDepths above).
13th May '17 9:19:15 AM mantis
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* IdiotBall: [[spoiler:Monk]] was carrying it when he turned his back on Bill the Butcher while the latter was clearly in a killing mood.
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