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King of New York [DVD] [Sensormatic]

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  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Christopher Walken stars as Frank White, an ultracool crime boss, in this moody gem from director Abel Ferrara. Released from a long stint in jail, White rejoins his devoted gang, which includes the trigger-happy Jimmy Jump (Laurence Fishburne), Test Tube (Steve Buscemi), and his attractive attorney girlfriend, Jennifer (Janet Julian). Setting up headquarters in Trump Plaza, they start wiping out members of rival mobs in a bid to take back the streets and indulge in lots of cocaine and sex, but ultimately White has more noble ambitions, such as giving a fortune in drug money to charity. David Caruso, Victor Argo, and Wesley Snipes costar as a group of bitter cops who don't buy Frank's change of heart and decide to go outside the law to take him down. Poetic, sexy, funny, somber, and very violent, this critical hit cemented the rep of Ferrara and has earned a strong cult following. Bozan Bajelli serves as director of the arresting cinematography, which is full of rich shadows and gold, blue, and red hues. For fans of films such as THE GODFATHER and SCARFACE, this is essential viewing.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 11431

  • Credits
    Christopher Walken, David Caruso, Victor Argo, Wesley Snipes, Giancarlo Esposito, Paul Calderon, Janet Julian, Joey Chin, Laurence Fishburne, Larry Fishburne, Laurence Fishburne III
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Ferrara's blend of toughness and lyricism turns this visionary crime film into something stylish, seductive and haunting..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Christopher Walken lends the role a certain sleazy charm..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Ferrara knows how to shoot the grimmer parts of New York..."
    USA Today

    "...Grisly yet electrifying..."
    New York Times

    "...Exhilaratingly nasty....It moves like a bat out of hell..."
    Film Comment

    "...Abel Ferrara, director of KING OF NEW YORK is a virtuoso of grunge....Christopher Walken is the ideal actor for Ferrara because he combines an ultra-scary stolidness with balletic grace..."
    Los Angeles Times

    4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] a giant performance from Walken, who turns silence into noise with every icy look."
    Empire

    "Canny casting caught Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne and Wesley Snipes early in their careers..."
    Sight and Sound

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