American Gangster

American Gangster tells the true story of Frank Lucas and Richie Roberts. Denzel Washington plays Lucas, a heroin kingpin who rose to power during the Vietnam War era by smuggling drugs into the US and distributing at unusual prices. Russell Crowe plays Roberts, the honest cop who is bent on bringing down Lucas' drug empire.

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Quotes

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

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Mistakes

In the opening scene, just after the man is set afire he falls to the ground. Frank shoots him and while firing his weapon jams. A casing is stuck in the ejection port (called a stovepipe when it happens). After the round sticks he continues to pull the trigger and the weapon continues to fire.

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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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