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An Abel Ferrara film.

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A Quick Tip by Charley2

  • Nov 28, 2011
A finer, odd-ball, violent crime drama I've yet to see. King of New York, the rise ands fall of Frank White (Christopher Walken), a quiet psycho just released from prison who just wants to built a hospital in the South Bronx, is mesmerizing in it's corrupted morality. Even the cops are as bad as some of Frank's gang, and that's saying a lot.

Cocaine is the currency of choice, and we see plenty of it -- in piles, in bags, in casks, in lines and in noses. The movie is dominated by men, but even the women -- girl friends, lawyers, mistresses -- all have a role to play, even if its just to be bare breasted and do a lot of sniffing.

The cast features major dynamic performances from actors such as Lawrence Fishburne, David Caruso and Wesley Snipes. Fishburne turns in a virtuoso performance, whether gunning down the opposition with a revolver blazing in each hand, or just ordering chicken, ribs, fish with tartar sauce and hold the potato salad. Even the smallest roles are vivid, featuring bits from Steve Buscemi, John Tuturro and Paul Calderon, among others.

Towering over them all is a fascinating, dominating performance by Walkin. He doesn't snow much emotion from Frank about anything. Still, "I never killed anybody who didn't deserve it," says Frank. He's right, in a queasy kind of way. Walkin's Frank White dominates the movie.
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review by . May 06, 2009
King of New York was Abel Ferrara's return to the his favorite style of film making (the urban street drama). Over the years this movie has achieved a cult status that one would have never imagined. During it's initial release on video, this film was a word-of-mouth hit. I remembered watching this in high school. Although the movie was never a major box office hit, film found an audience when it was released on tape. But the movie's popularity grew even more when rappers made numerous of references …
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Director: Abel Ferrara
Genre: Action, Drama, Adventure
Release Date: 1990
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Nicholas St. John
Runtime: 103 minutes
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