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Gangs of New York (2d)

Director(s): Martin Scorsese

Theatrical Release: 2002

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, Liam Neeson, John C. Reilly

Genre(s): Drama, epic, gangs/mafia/triad/yakuza, epic, period piece

Countries: USA

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Running Time: 167m.

The violent rise of gangland power in New York City at a time of massive political corruption and the city's evolution into a cultural melting pot set the stage for this lavish historical epic, which director Martin Scorsese finally brought to the screen almost 30 years after he first began to plan the project. In 1846, as waves of Irish immigrants poured into the New York neighborhood of Five Points, a number of citizens of British and Dutch heritage who were born in the United States began making an open display of their resentment toward the new arrivals. William Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis), better known as "Bill the Butcher" for his deadly skill with a knife, bands his fellow "Native Americans" into a gang to take on the Irish immigrants; the immigrants in turn form a gang of their own, "The Dead Rabbits," organized by Priest Vallon (Liam Neeson). After an especially bloody clash between the Natives and the Rabbits leaves Vallon dead, his son goes missing; the boy ends up in a brutal reform school before returning to the Five Points in 1862 as Amsterdam (Leonardo DiCaprio). Now a strapping adult who has learned how to fight, Amsterdam has come to seek vengeance against Bill the Butcher, whose underworld control of the Five Points through violence and intimidation dovetails with the open corruption of New York politician "Boss" Tweed (Jim Broadbent). Amsterdam gradually penetrates Bill the Butcher's inner circle, and he soon becomes his trusted assistant. Amsterdam also finds himself falling for Jenny Everdeane (Cameron Diaz), a beautiful but street-smart thief who was once involved with Bill. Amsterdam is learning a great deal from Bill, but before he can turn the tables on the man who killed his father, Amsterdam's true identity is exposed, even though he has conceiled it from nearly everyone, including Jenny. Gangs Of New York was the first film in two years from actor Leonardo DiCaprio; ironically, it was at one time scheduled to open on the same day as Catch Me if You Can, the Steven Spielberg project that DiCaprio began filming immediately after Gangs wrapped. - Mark Deming (

2002 American Film Institute

Top 10 Movie of the Year

2002 Academy Awards Nominations

Best Actor - Daniel Day-Lewis

Best Art Direction

Best Cinematography

Best Costume Design

Best Director - Martin Scorsese

Best Film Editing

Best Original Screenplay - Kenneth Lonergan

Best Original Screenplay - Steven Zaillian

Best Original Screenplay - Jay Cocks

Best Original Song - U2

Best Picture

Best Sound

2002 Broadcast Film Critics Association Nominations

Best Actor - Daniel Day-Lewis

Best Director - Martin Scorsese

Best Picture

2002 Director's Guild of America Nomination

Best Director - Martin Scorsese

2002 Golden Globe Awards Winner

Best Director - Martin Scorsese

Best Original Song - U2

2002 Golden Globe Awards Nominations

Best Actor (Drama) - Leonardo DiCaprio

Best Film

Best Supporting Actress - Cameron Diaz

2002 L.A. Film Critics Association Winners

Best Production Design - Dante Ferreti

Best Actor - Daniel Day-Lewis (tie)

2002 National Board of Review

#3 Film of the Year

2002 New York Film Critics Circle Winner

Best Actor - Daniel Day-Lewis

2002 Screen Actors Guild Winner

Best Actor - Daniel Day-Lewis

2002 Writers Guild of America Nominations

Best Original Screenplay - Jay Cocks

Best Original Screenplay Kenneth Lonergan

Best Original Screenplay - Steven Zaillian