Gangs of New York

Gangs of New York

  • R
  • 2002
  • 167 min
  • USA, Italy
  • crime, drama, history

Amsterdam Vallon is a young Irish immigrant released from prison. He returns to the Five Points seeking vengeance against his father's killer, Bill "The Butcher" Cutting, a powerful anti-immigrant gang leader.

Director: Martin Scorsese

Screenwriters: Steven Zaillian, Kenneth Lonergan, Jay Cocks

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz

Though flawed, the sprawling, messy Gangs of New York is redeemed by impressive production design and Day-Lewis's electrifying performance.


  • Martin Scorsese
    Martin Scorsese

    American film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and film historian Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese made the short films while he attended New York University's film school; these include "What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?" (1963), "It's Not Just You, Murray!" (1964), and his most famous short of the period "The Big Shave" (1967)....

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Year: 2002

Runtime: 167 min

Country: USA, Italy

Language: English, Irish, Chinese, Latin

Color: Color

Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

Sound Mix: DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS

Also Known As

  • Pandillas de Nueva York (AR)


  • Angie Errigo (Empire)

    An ironic, emotional, gory revision of the American Experiment, marred by narrative problems but sufficiently awesome in its ambitious scale and intentions to rate as a must-see.

  • Amy Taubin (Film Comment Magazine)

    It's a punishing piece of work, this Gangs of New York. Spectacular, brilliant, but punishing-basically, one long brawl... Full Review ...

  • Peter Rainer (New York Magazine/Vulture)

    What we're left with has the patness of a history lesson about our roots and the melting pot and what it means to be an American.

  • Patrick Nabarro (PJ Nabarro)

    You simply have to applaud the magnitude and ambition of Scorsese's vision - it really is New York conceived of on a grand scale.

  • Barbara Ellen (Times (UK))

    The visuals are strong, while the central narrative is weak (a disastrous combination for a long movie). Worst of all, Gangs of New York achieves far too little while trying much too hard.

  • Andrew Sarris (Observer)

    The result reverberates on the screen with a deadly force and fury more intense than anything Mr. Scorsese has yet achieved on the meanest and most beloved streets he could imagine or recall.

  • Peter Bradshaw (Guardian)

    Wonderful spectacle, terrific acting and toweringly great film-making.