King of New York (1990)


Movie Review

Directed by: Abel Ferrara

Starring: Christopher Walken, Laurence Fishburne, David Caruso, Wesley Snipes, Victor Argo, and Steve Buscemi

Wealthy drug lord Frank White (Christopher Walken) is getting out of Sing Sing and going on parole after a long time behind bars.  Realizing the error of his ways, Frank wants to do something to help New York, a city from which he has taken so much.  He starts a project to build a public hospital in one of Brooklyn’s worst neighborhoods.  He enlists the help of gangster Jimmy Jump (Laurence Fishburne) to pull it off.  Of course, things aren’t that simple.  There are other interests at play that need to be protected.  Given this, Frank encounters a lot of push back in the bloodiest sense from the Triad gang leader Larry Wong (Joey Chin) and police officers Dennis Giley (David Caruso) and Thomas Flanigan (Wesley Snipes).

Abel Ferrara’s King of New York is one of those films that shows just how brutal life can be on the streets.  With an ominous vision of the city that captures every danger in it, Ferrara delivers a visceral, gritty film that gets a 0.03% rating.  Have a few wine coolers with this one!



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