Essay on American Gangster

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American Gangster tells a story about how the emerge of drug traffic and trade was in the streets of Harlem, New York. Denzel Washington plays real life gangster- Frank Lucas back in the 70s that was originally from North Carolina.
Lucas moves to Harlem and is apprenticed under a notorious crime boss- Bumpy. Russell Crowe plays detective Richie Roberts – a New York detective that has a task to bring the drug trafficking and corruption between the police department to heel. In the movie also plays Josh Brolin the sleazy cop, along with a host of celebrity actors and actresses.
What I found interesting of this movie was that Lucas was likable even as a terrible person who did awful things in the streets of Harlem and
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Lucas, more of a boutique operator, managed to bypass the Italians to establish the grisly but exceedingly "Cadaver Connection" correlation from Asia's "Golden Triangle" poppy growers straight to 116th Street, smuggling heroin known as "Blue Magic" inside the coffins of American soldiers killed in the Vietnam War.
Both Lucas and Roberts share a rigorous ethical code that sets them apart from their own colleagues, making them lone figures on opposite sides of the law. The destinies of these two men became intertwined as they approach a confrontation where only one of them can come out on top.
Lucas is later arrested along with many of his family members, on various criminal charges to include Conspiracy, Drug trafficking and other related crimes and sentenced in 1975 facing up to 70 years in prison. He quickly turned into a government informant, most notably against the then-corrupt Special Investigations Unit of the NYPD. Out of 70 SIU officers, 52 were eventually either jailed or indicted.
Lucas is now free and lives with his wife and eleven year old son in Newark NJ. Roberts and Lucas are now good friends after Roberts played Lucas's defense
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