The Ultimate Book of Gangster Movies: Featuring the 100 Greatest Gangster Films of All Time
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The Ultimate Book of Gangster Movies provides extensive reviews of the Top 100 gangster films of all time, including sidebars like “Reality Check,” “Hit and Miss,” “I Know That Guy,” “Body Count,” and other fun and informative features. Also included are over a dozen stand-alone chapters such as Sleeper “Hits,” “Fugazi” Flops, Guilty Pleasures, Lost Treasures, Q&A Interviews with top actors and directors (including Chazz Palinteri, Michael Madsen, Joe Mantagna, and more), plus over 50 compelling photographs.
Foreword by Joe Pistone, the FBI agent and mob infiltrator who wrote the bestselling book and acclaimed movie, Donnie Brasco.
(Ian Hendry) and shady businessman Cliff Brumby (Bryan Mosley). Brumby tries to manipulate the London hit man. Paice tries to match wits with him. And Kinnear tries to kill him. All three men come to bad ends. Along the way, Carter gets to reconnect with Doreen (Petra Markham), his niece who may actually be his daughter. And he ends up in bed—at different times—with both a boarding house landlady, Edna (Rosemarie Dunham), and Glenda (Geraldine Moffat), a mob moll and part-time porn actress. In
York City. The gunplay takes place in a neighborhood bar. Where else would you expect a bunch of Irish gangsters to settle their differences? HIT: The gritty feel of Hell’s Kitchen—old cars, trash-strewn streets, houses in disrepair—sets the mood for the narrative. The point, at the end of the day, is this: You can’t go home again. The question is: Why would you want to? MISS: The premise, without giving up the film’s big plot twist, is a bit of a stretch. Noonan is gone for 10 to 12 years. The
George, 265 Hammet, Dashiell, 168, 169 Hancock, Elvira, 85, 87 Handley, Dix, 233 Handsome Frank (Ghost Dog), 299, 300 Hanks, Tom, 15, 39, 118–120, 309 Hanna, Vincent, 221–222 Hannah, Daryl, 70, 105–107 Hannah and Her Sisters, 237 Hard Boiled, 311 Harden, Marcia Gay, 167–169 Hardwicke, Edward, 251 Hard Word, The, 208 Hardy, Phil, 43 Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, 105 Harlow, Jean, 112–114 Harman (Charley Varrick), 276 Harmon, Mark, 290 Harrington, Richard, 177 Harris, Ed,
he has lost all connection to the light. The universe around him, too, is a symbolic construction, an interweaving of opera, film noir and existentialism, where the larger-than-life forces of innocence and corruption explode in blood and violence.” Mathilda brings him closer to the light, but also leads him to a new level of blood and violence. There is the inevitable showdown between Léon and Stansfield (Gary Oldman), the leader of the dirty DEA unit that wiped out Mathilda’s family. Oldman,
real Frank Lucas told CNN after the movie was released. Judge Sterling Johnson Jr. said Lucas was illiterate, vicious and violent, “everything that Denzel Washington was not.” Which is why we say the movie was “loosely” based on his life. HIT: The soundtrack from Def Jam Records—featuring Bobby Womack, the Staple Singers, Sam & Dave and John Lee Hooker—is a perfect mix of blues and soul that evokes the 1960s and 1970s. MISS: The custody battle between Roberts and his wife seems contrived—like