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GANGS OF NEW YORK

Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Liam Neeson, Henry Thomas

Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Written by: Steven Zaillian, Steven Zallian, Jay Cocks, Martin Scorsese, Kenneth Lonergan
Produced by: Alberto Grimaldi, Martin Scorsese
Distributor: Miramax Films

US: 20/12/02 UK: 10/01/03

Set in New York City, 1840-1863, a young man named Amsterdam (Leonardo DiCaprio) seeks vengeance against Bill "The Butcher" Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis), the man who killed his father. Though he secures the help of pickpocket Jenny Everdeane, the task at hand may be more dangerous than Amsterdam ever imagined when he realizes that his father was murdered as a result of gang warfare between the powerful Manhattan Irish and Italian gangs. Amid the crooked cops and corrupt politicians of the Tammany Hall era, political enforcer Bill Cutting stands out as only one scoundrel in the crime-plagued Five Points section of lower Manhattan in the early 1860s.
The big question on Scorsese's long-awaited and much postponed epic is... Masterpiece or mass disaster? You'd think Scorsese couldn't miss and that he'd hit this right out the park BUT... Miramax honcho Weinstein put his big hands on the project last year and DEMANDED changes. Or so the rumour mill said. This does not usually bode well. Ace cast, act writers, ace director. Still gotta be worth seeing whatever the crits say.

MEDIA BUZZ
24 Feb/Moviebus: Great result at starworthy British Academy Awards
11 Feb/Moviebus: Chicago leads Gangs with 13 Oscar noms
27 Jan/Moviebus: Chicago & New York lead 2003 BAFTA noms
16 Jan/National review: Real Gangs. The Scorsese film in historical perspective
14 Jan/Daily Telegraph: Scorsese's film portrays racist mass murderers as victims
14 Jan/New York Post: Smears Of New York
8 Jan/Moviebus: DiCaprio & Scorsese attend London prem
15 Dec/New York Daily News: Trampling city's history: 'Gangs' misses point of Five Points
15 Dec/Moviebus: Daniel Day Lewis shares LA crits Best Actor with Jack Nicholson
10 Dec/Moviebus 'Gangs of New York' finally has world prem
6 Dec/Daily Telegraph: Scorsese's big gamble
23 Nov: New York Times/The Kid Stays In The Pictures

REVIEWS
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Cameron Diaz gives
Leonardo DiCaprio a leg up in life



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