History YMMV / GangsOfNewYork

12th Feb '18 5:01:56 PM nombretomado
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** The whole anachronistic soundtrack is amazing for the blend of different music. Creator/PeterGabriel's "Signal to Noise" scores the opening fight, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuzmTfj4cJA "Vows" by Brian Dunning]] which plays over the finale. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDar1ymGbjg "Shimmy She Wobble"]], by Othar Turner's Fife and Drum Blues which is the general fight music, there's also "Dark Moon, High Tide" by the Afro-Celt Sound System.

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** The whole anachronistic soundtrack is amazing for the blend of different music. Creator/PeterGabriel's Music/PeterGabriel's "Signal to Noise" scores the opening fight, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuzmTfj4cJA "Vows" by Brian Dunning]] which plays over the finale. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDar1ymGbjg "Shimmy She Wobble"]], by Othar Turner's Fife and Drum Blues which is the general fight music, there's also "Dark Moon, High Tide" by the Afro-Celt Sound System.
3rd Jan '18 1:52:56 PM smasll_lordvoice
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* EvilIsCool: Bill Cutting is a vicious, xenophobic warlord and murderer. He's also cuttingly funny, [[MagnificentBastard twistedly ingenious]], ''just'' [[NobleDemon noble]] [[WorthyOpponent enough]] for the audience not to hate him, and oozes charisma thanks to Daniel Day-Lewis' magnificent acting. The former part doesn't erase the latter, in fact, if anything, it ''adds'' to his appeal.

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* EvilIsCool: Bill Cutting is a vicious, xenophobic warlord and murderer. He's also cuttingly funny, [[MagnificentBastard twistedly ingenious]], ''just'' [[NobleDemon noble]] [[WorthyOpponent enough]] for the audience not to hate him, and oozes charisma thanks to Daniel Day-Lewis' magnificent acting. He has an ''American Eagle patterned glass eye'' for crying out loud. The former part doesn't erase the latter, in fact, if anything, it ''adds'' to his appeal.
3rd Jan '18 1:46:33 PM smasll_lordvoice
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** Out of the 5 actors nominated for the Best Actor Oscar that year, Creator/DanielDayLewis was the one who received the most prior awards for his performance, winning ''several'' awards (including the BAFTA and the SAG). Coming into Oscar night, Day-Lewis was the likely favorite, and yet he didn't win.(Though as he lost to Creator/AdrienBrody in ''Film/ThePianist'', the loss is justified.)

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** Out of the 5 actors nominated for the Best Actor Oscar that year, Creator/DanielDayLewis was the one who received the most prior awards for his performance, winning ''several'' awards (including the BAFTA and the SAG). Coming into Oscar night, Day-Lewis was the likely favorite, and yet he didn't win.(Though as he lost to Creator/AdrienBrody in ''Film/ThePianist'', and that Day-Lewis [[AwardCategoryFraud wasn't technically the lead actor]], the loss is justified.)



* AwesomeEgo: There are two occasions when Bill responds to a cheering crowd with a dismissive, even bored, royal wave. Rather than coming off as pretentious or pompous, his arrogance comes across as so totally justified that the moments appear on the SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome page.

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* AwesomeEgo: There are two occasions when Bill responds to a cheering crowd with a dismissive, even bored, royal wave. Rather than coming off as pretentious or pompous, his arrogance comes across as so totally justified that the moments appear on the SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome page. Excellently summed up in his formal introduction to Amsterdam:
-->'''Bill:''' What is your name?
-->'''Amsterdam:''' Amsterdam, sir.
-->'''Bill:''' Amsterdam? [[IAmTheNoun I'm New York.]]
3rd Jan '18 1:43:49 PM smasll_lordvoice
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* EvilIsCool: It's difficult to find a fan of this movie who isn't ''[[RootingForTheEmpire rooting for]]'' Bill, or at least wished the movie focused more on him and Priest Vallon than Amsterdam. Nowadays, Leonard DiCaprio is one of the most well-respected actors in the world...and yet Daniel Day-Lewis acts ''circles'' around him, and Amsterdam, in this movie.

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Happy Jack, Monk McGinn, and Hellcat Maggie. The last one all the more impressive for actually being [[RealityIsUnrealistic a real]] [[AluminumChristmasTrees person.]]
* EvilIsCool: It's difficult to find Bill Cutting is a fan of this movie who isn't ''[[RootingForTheEmpire rooting for]]'' Bill, or at least wished vicious, xenophobic warlord and murderer. He's also cuttingly funny, [[MagnificentBastard twistedly ingenious]], ''just'' [[NobleDemon noble]] [[WorthyOpponent enough]] for the movie focused more on him and Priest Vallon than Amsterdam. Nowadays, Leonard DiCaprio is one of the most well-respected actors in the world...and yet Daniel Day-Lewis acts ''circles'' around audience not to hate him, and Amsterdam, oozes charisma thanks to Daniel Day-Lewis' magnificent acting. The former part doesn't erase the latter, in this movie.fact, if anything, it ''adds'' to his appeal.
3rd Jan '18 1:27:02 PM smasll_lordvoice
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* EvilIsCool: It's difficult to find a fan of this movie who isn't ''[[RootingForTheEmpire rooting for]]'' Bill, or at least wished the movie focused more on him and Priest Vallon than Amsterdam. Nowadays, Leonard DiCaprio is one of the most well-respected actors in the world...and yet Daniel Day-Lewis acts ''circles'' around him, and Amsterdam, in this movie.
24th Jul '17 11:25:53 AM razorrozar7
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* HarsherInHindsight: A lot of the anti-immigrant viewpoints of Bill's gang and the Know-Nothing Party are eerily similar to anti-immigration rhetoric in America today. Creator/MartinScorsese himself noted this [[https://www.channel4.com/news/full-martin-scorsese-interview-on-trump-and-the-pope in an interview]] after Creator/DonaldTrump won the 2016 election:
--> '''Creator/MartinScorsese''': ''Almost like Film/GangsOfNewYork, with Bill the Butcher becoming President...he's a nativist.''
11th Jun '17 8:13:32 AM KingKoopa87
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* TheScrappy: Jenny, as well as Cameron Diaz's performance, is generally regarded to be the worst bit of the film.
21st May '17 11:14:56 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** Out of the 5 actors nominated for the Best Actor Oscar that year, Daniel Day-Lewis was the one who received the most prior awards for his performance, winning ''several'' awards (including the BAFTA and the SAG). Coming into Oscar night, Day-Lewis was the likely favorite, and yet he didn't win.(Though as he lost to Creator/AdrienBrody in ''Film/ThePianist'', the loss is justified.)

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** Out of the 5 actors nominated for the Best Actor Oscar that year, Daniel Day-Lewis Creator/DanielDayLewis was the one who received the most prior awards for his performance, winning ''several'' awards (including the BAFTA and the SAG). Coming into Oscar night, Day-Lewis was the likely favorite, and yet he didn't win.(Though as he lost to Creator/AdrienBrody in ''Film/ThePianist'', the loss is justified.)



* HarsherInHindsight: A lot of the anti-immigrant viewpoints of Bill's gang and the Know-Nothing Party are eerily similar to anti-immigration rhetoric in America today. Martin Scorsese himself noted this [[https://www.channel4.com/news/full-martin-scorsese-interview-on-trump-and-the-pope in an interview]] after Creator/DonaldTrump won the 2016 election:

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* HarsherInHindsight: A lot of the anti-immigrant viewpoints of Bill's gang and the Know-Nothing Party are eerily similar to anti-immigration rhetoric in America today. Martin Scorsese Creator/MartinScorsese himself noted this [[https://www.channel4.com/news/full-martin-scorsese-interview-on-trump-and-the-pope in an interview]] after Creator/DonaldTrump won the 2016 election:



* HilariousInHindsight: Daniel Day-Lewis played UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln in ''Film/{{Lincoln}}''. Extremely hilarious when you think about Bill the Butcher shouting "Down with the Union!" during a performance of ''[[UncleTomsCabin Uncle Tom's Cabin]]'' and throwing a knife through a picture of Lincoln earlier in the film. Made even funnier with the fact Day-Lewis was nominated for Best Actor Oscars for both roles and won with Lincoln instead of Gangs.

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* HilariousInHindsight: Daniel Day-Lewis Creator/DanielDayLewis played UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln in ''Film/{{Lincoln}}''. Extremely hilarious when you think about Bill the Butcher shouting "Down with the Union!" during a performance of ''[[UncleTomsCabin Uncle Tom's Cabin]]'' ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'' and throwing a knife through a picture of Lincoln earlier in the film. Made even funnier with the fact Day-Lewis was nominated for Best Actor Oscars for both roles and won with Lincoln instead of Gangs.



* LawfulNeutral: Bill "The Butcher" Cutting is definitely this. He's a community leader who cares deeply for his city, country and his American countrymen. He is also a racist, ruthless killer who tries to manipulate the law to his own advantage wherever possible, forging political alliances that benefit him, but he has limits imposed by his principles of honour which he will not bend or stretch at any price.



* {{Narm}}: Amsterdam's narration that the New York of his time was more like "a furnace where a city might someday be forged" comes off as an incredibly contrived and cheesy bit of exposition.

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Amsterdam's narration that the New York of his time was more like "a furnace where a city might someday be forged" comes off as an incredibly contrived and cheesy bit of exposition.



** Daniel Day-Lewis's entire performance as Bill the Butcher is unintentionally funny based just on the sheer absurdity of his over the top accent and behavior. Of course for some that's just NarmCharm.

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** Daniel Day-Lewis's Creator/DanielDayLewis's entire performance as Bill the Butcher is unintentionally funny based just on the sheer absurdity of his over the top accent and behavior. Of course for some that's just NarmCharm.
23rd Feb '17 10:52:32 PM CornwindEvilman
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** Fairly certain this is to show where he gets the idea that he presents to Bill in the next scene when the police break up a boxing match; the dancers are black people who likely couldn't do their dance in the city, ergo the solution is to hold the boxing match outside the city limits as it's only illegal inside the city.
10th Feb '17 3:58:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* AdaptationDisplacement: The nonfiction book was a famous bestseller in its day and indeed in its year of publication(in the 1920s) created a wave of interest in what was, even then, a bygone era and was highly regarded by the likes of JorgeLuisBorges. Scorsese had wanted to adapt it since the 1970s.

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* AdaptationDisplacement: The nonfiction book was a famous bestseller in its day and indeed in its year of publication(in the 1920s) created a wave of interest in what was, even then, a bygone era and was highly regarded by the likes of JorgeLuisBorges.Creator/JorgeLuisBorges. Scorsese had wanted to adapt it since the 1970s.
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