American Gangster

Character: Laurie Roberts

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Written by: Steven Zaillian

Produced by: Ridley Scott, Brian Grazer

Cast Members: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jr. Cuba Gooding, Josh Brolin

Released date: November 2, 2007

Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama

Harlem drug dealer Frank Lucas rises to power in corrupt 1970s New York, equalling and surpassing the notorious Mafia families with the reach of his empire. On the other side of the law, honest cop Richie Roberts dedicates himself to taking down `the most dangerous man walking the streets'. Lucas acts with impunity, smuggling heroin into the US in the coffins of American soldiers killed in Vietnam.


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Character’s Quotes

• What are you saying? That because you were honest and you didn’t take money like every other cop, I left you? No, you don’t take money for one reason. To buy being dishonest about everything else. And that’s worse than taking money nobody gives a shit about.Drug money, gambling money nobody’s gonna miss. You know, I’d rather you took it and been honest with me. Or don’t take it. I don’t care. But then don’t go cheat on me.Don’t cheat on your kid by never being around. Don’t go out and get laid by your snitches and your secretaries and strippers.I can tell by just looking,she’s one of them. You think you’re going to heaven because you’re honest, but you’re not You’re going to the same hell as the crooked cops you can’t stand.

Script developed by Never Enough Design