R | | Biography, Crime, Drama
An outcast New York City cop is charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, whose real life inspired this partly biographical film.
Screenwriter Terry George was brought on to rewrite the script, in order to downsize the project's budget to fifty million dollars, when it was first revitalized in March 2005. George had planned on reuniting with his Hotel Rwanda (2004) lead, Don Cheadle, to portray Frank Lucas. After George's screenplay was turned down, Steven Zaillian was re-hired to write another draft of his own screenplay.
When Richie meets his friend, when the kids are playing pool, they do a bad break and only move two balls, but, later in the same scene, Richie goes over and starts collecting up the pool balls, which are suddenly scattered.
At the end of the closing credits, Frank Lucas approaches the camera and fires one shot from a pistol directly at the audience.
The 175 min.-unrated extended version includes approx. 19 minutes of additional footage not seen in the theatrical release. Among the highlights are:
English, Thai, Spanish
$34,299 (Estonia) (4 November 2007)
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