R | | Crime, Drama
In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.
25 February 2006 | bob the moo
The narrative and characters are weak but the general sweep and spectacle of the whole thing makes it worth a look
In the 1840's New York is a mess of gangs all fighting over small areas of turf. The main rivalry is between the ...
Daniel Day-Lewis stayed in character as Bill the Butcher throughout filming. He had several scuffles in Roman parking lots.
...And no matter what they did to build this city up again, for the rest of time, it will be like no-one even knew we was ever here.
The gambling scene includes a brief shot of some period coins on top of a table. The dollar coin has a motto above the eagle, which was first used for the 1866 issue.
Aside from the altered studio logos, there are no opening credits and title, except for the beginning of the movie saying "Miramax Films Presents". The rest of the credits and the title are at the end of the movie. The title of the film is made up of pieces of type that would have been used in the 19th Century to print newsletters, posters, and flyers like the ones seen throughout the film.
English, Irish, Chinese, Latin
$1,049,746 (Japan) (20 December 2002)
$77,679,638 (USA) (11 April 2003)
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