American Gangster

Corrected entry: When Frank shoots the guy on the streets he is dead as a dodo on the floor with a big crowd around him. When Frank walks back to the cafe no one is there on the corner and the actual man Frank gunned down is seen walking away.


Correction: There is Tango's bodyguard who is seen before the shooting, wearing the same style suit and haircut. He is the man seen walking off after the shooting, not Tango. Crowds of people do not stick around after a shooting to be questioned by police.

Correction: They aren't talking about the film. They are talking about the real events that inspired that film- events that occured in 1961. See:


Corrected entry: In one of the final scenes, when the drugs land at Newark aboard an Army plane, Russell Crowe repeatedly calls the Army official in charge of the operation 'Captain.' Judging by his highly decorated uniform and his age, this man cannot be a captain.

Correction: He has captain's rank on and that makes him a captain. The age someone looks and the age they really are differs. And his uniform wasn't that highly decorated.


Corrected entry: Towards the end of the movie, Russell Crowe is looking through binoculars at the shipment of heroin being moved into white vans. In reality he's looking through a gridded wire fence, however in the movie the fence isn't seen as the camera pans across (as the view represents what is seen though the binoculars).


Correction: When you're that close to a fence, using binoculars, you don't see the chain links that close as anything more than a blur at most, and when panning the binoculars, the links won't impair the focus much. I took a photo through a screened window once, and you don't see the mesh in the photo because the lens was so close to it, the focal point was forced onto the object further away.

Corrected entry: There were more than 20 different times that the microphone boom was hanging down into the shots.

Correction: As stated in the mistake submission guidelines, boom mikes being in shot are the fault of the cinema showing the film. Mistakes of this nature are only acceptable if seen on a video or DVD release.

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Factual error: At the end of the film, the subtitles say that Frank was convicted and incarcerated from 1976 to 1991, which implies a continuous sentence. Lucas was actually paroled in 1981, and served a separate sentence for other drug-related offenses from 1984-91.

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Richie Roberts: This man murdered thousands, and he did it from a penthouse and driving a Lincoln.


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Trivia: Ruby Dee was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role as Mama Lucas, even though she's only on screen for less than 10 minutes.

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Answer: "Kike" is an ethnic slur that refers to Jews. To elaborate, when illiterate Jewish immigrants would be asked to sign their names on Ellis Island, they would simply put a circle on the signature line. The Yiddish word for "circle" is "kikel."


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