R | | Crime, Drama
In 1862, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.
Pete Postlethwaite was sought after for a role but turned it down when he was offered a reduced salary. He said "It was the biggest dream of my life to work with him (Scorsese), but I thought it was a bit of a scam. Oh well." He also stated that his friends and previous co-stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio were not offered reduced salaries to star in the film.
The Priest and me, we lived by the same principles. It was only faith divided us. He gave me this, you know? That was the finest beating I ever took. My face was pulp. My guts was pierced, my ribs was all mashed up. And when he came to finish me, I ...
When Amsterdam is placed on the table at the Pagoda, Bill the Butcher straddles his chest and pounds a cleaver in the tabletop to the left of Amsterdam's head. With the cleaver still stuck in the table, Bill takes another cleaver from his belt and tosses it in the air. As the cleaver descends toward the table, the first cleaver has disappeared and the new cleaver lands in the original cleaver's place.
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Scorsese's original cut of the film was 216 minutes (3 hours & 36 minutes) long.
English, Irish, Chinese, Latin
$9,100,000 22 December 2002
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