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King of New York
Not everyone who runs a city is elected.
A former drug lord returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition and distribute the profits of his operations to New York's poor and lower classes in this stylish and ultra violent modern twist on Robin Hood.
You could imagine during production that Abel Ferrara must have felt that his stylized neon saturated gangster film, complete with his biggest budget thus far, may prove to be his most mainstream and accessible feature, harking back as it did to the similar celluloid criminal mayhem that James Cagney would feature in in earlier days.
But upon its release in 1990, critics and audiences alike didn't see it that way at all. They gave it a resounding thumbs down, whilst some even booed the cast at screenings and demanded the profit went to drug rehab programmes in the titular city. Such reactions only further served the notoriety of Ferrara as an enfant terrible of American indie cinema scene. And so…
Dark and gritty and sleazy in that way Abel Ferrara has perfected up to this point, KING OF NEW YORK features Christopher Walken at the peak of his acting powers, calling the shots and taking out his rivals. Ferrara flips the tables though, as a lot of Walken's violence seems strangely justified, like a robin hood gangster with a heart of gold. That doesn't prevent cop David Caruso (in a possibly Boston accent) from hating his ever-loving guts though. Despite a great performance from Laurence Fishburne, including some great toe-to-toe scenes with Wesley Snipes, I feel like his performance was the one thing holding the movie back. In most of the early and middle portions of the movie, he lays…
Christopher Walken kicks arse in a nice looking mafia thriller, that when not busy being unbusy and sluggishly paced, is occupied with niftily playing with the audience through cinematography or plain and simply being awesome.
Gotta miss old school blood. That splatter. CGI blood is an atrocity to action films. It just looks so awesome, and there's so much blood spilt here in 1990's New York. Lawrence Fishburne helps, he also gets a handful of pussy, but no chicken, (makes sense if you've seen it). Steve Buscemi makes an appearance and promptly leaves. Wesley Snipes is usual badass. Victor Argo is full of pathos.
The whole cast really makes this film. The story was rather stale and the characters not…
Walken being his usual badass self.
To be honest, I'm not sure why I enjoyed this film so much. Abel Ferrara meshes together ideas that don't always fit together, but are stimulating nonetheless. That and action, violence and sex aplenty make it a challenging, yet thrilling 106 minutes.
Drug lord Frank White is released from prison, and with his matured outlook on life he decides that he will regain control of New York and use the money to rebuild a poverty-stricken hospital. But his self-righteous crusade quickly takes a violent path as his old ways catch up to him. Utilizing the New York City backdrop to its fullest, contrasting the lifestyles of the wealthy upper-class and the seedy underworld that Frank controls with a totalitarian grip.…
This is a buried gem. Strange mixture of straight mob and gang banger culture. Great performances and delightfully over the top. Didn't love the end but it was very good.
After a decade or more of what basically amount to eccentric cameos in largely forgettable films, it's hard to remember how awesome Christopher Walken can be when he gets a role he can really sink his teeth into. Frank White in "King of New York" is just such a role. Walken has, arguably, never been better or more badass than he is here, as a drug lord trying to do something good for his city after spending half his life in prison. He's still a vicious, cold-blooded killer, but at least he's trying to save the community's hospital. It's hard to overstate how great Chris is here, he conveys weariness, viciousness and playfulness, often all at once. And Laurence Fishburne…
Was not even aware this was an Abel Ferrara flick when I decided to give it a shot on Netflix.
Christopher Walken is bad ass in this flick.
Similar to Bad Lieutenant the flick shows a "powerful" man in decline, I think BL is the stronger of the two, but both are worth a watch. I have seen very little by Ferrara, but I think I need to dig deeper.
Also the guy from Frankenhooker has a bit part! which was exciting for me to exclaim watching it with people who had no idea what I was talking about.
A beautifully lit, neo-noirish gangster film that sees Christopher Walken play a coldblooded Robin Hood figure.
Released from prison, Frank White takes control of his mob and eliminates the competition which he deems unworthy of running the streets due to their amoral affiliations.
The police of course, disagree with Frank's methods and set out to get him, either by the book or off it.
The plot flows smoothly but you wish there was more to it. Frank's benevolence is hinted at in the beginning but it doesn't grow. And the plot shortly abandons its initial premise to focus on the bloody gang-war between Frank's men and the police.
Christopher Walken as the remorseless philanthropist, Frank White, is superb. He is…
Very cool movie starring Christopher Walken as Frank White, an ex con who claims the title of King of New York City's Cocaine business. As White's influence gets higher, he gets more and more wanted by the City Police, led by an Inspector played by David Caruso, turning the story into a tipical Cat and Mouse situation.
The plot is really quite simple but I found Abel Ferrara's directing super cool. There's low light on every scene, making a point into the decadence of the city. The soundtrack is fantastic, mainly composed by some old school hip-hop from the 80's. The script is fairly good and I found the acting very authentic and intense. Definitely a great piece from the early 90's.
Walken dances and acts the badass, David Caruso and Wesley Snipes get slightly short shrift and Ferrera brings his usual sleaze.
An awesome and edgy thriller from Abel Ferrara. Pretty much the whole Cinapse team loved it; check out our comments on Two Cents!
This viewing was probably my third, and definitely my best. I've come to love it in all its ambiguous glory.
Here are the Cinapse team's thoughts from our Two Cents Film Club: cinapse.co/2014/03/27/two-cents-king-of-new-york/
And my specific 140 words:
This isn’t a “rise and fall” gangster film. No, Frank White (Christopher Walken) is The King Of New York straight through this picture. Adopting a profound ambiguity, Director Abel Ferrera and writer Nicholas St. John manage to convince you that White may be the good guy, in spite of his murderous tendencies. We entertain Frank’s goodness because of his fascinatingly egalitarian and humanitarian ways. His gang is made up of black and hispanic soldiers, his toughest enforcers are two beautiful women, and…
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