Set in the late 1800s, during the massive immigration to New York, there are tensions between the "Natives" and the Irish in the five points, the most gang-infested area of new york at the time. A priest, and the young boy, Amsterdam's, father, was the leader of the Irish gang, the dead rabbits. During a riot between the rabbits and the natives, the priest is killed by the butcher (the leader of the natives) in front of his son. Years later, Amsterdam befriends the butcher with the intent to kill him on the anniversary of his father's death, all the while falling in love with a prostitute/pickpocket/burglar named jenny. After the butcher realises Amsterdam's intentions, Amsterdam resurrects the dead rabbits and a faceoff is going to go down between the natives and the rabbits. Just before the fight, jenny comes to tell Amsterdam that she chartered passage for herself on a ship to San Francisco because she figured Amsterdam was going to die in the fight.
Factual error: In a scene set in 1862 or 1863 Bill the Butcher says: 'An Irishman will do for a nickel what a ****** will do for a dime or a white man for a quarter'. The first nickel 5 cent piece was coined in 1866. At the time of the scene the 5 cent coin was a small silver coin called a half-dime. (01:10:00)
Question: Can someone please explain to me why the audience and Amsterdam are supposed to hate Butcher so much and think he's a loathesome person? He killed Vallon during a fight, fair and square, and was nothing but respectful to his dead enemy. He almost seemed to have regretted killing Vallon. He didn't act like a worse scum than anyone else until quite a while into the film.
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