Ridley Scott tells the epic story of how North Carolina-born Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) became a Harlem kingpin, the biggest heroin smuggler in the U.S. His ruthlessness may have led him to the top, but his business smarts and extreme caution allowed him stay there, eluding detection by the authorities for years. The script by Steven Zaillian (MONEYBALL, SCHINDLER'S LIST) skillfully fictionalizes the details about the real-life gangster Lucas, who died this May at age 88. Russell Crowe co-stars as vice cop Richie Roberts, the man tasked with taking Lucas down, despite a shockingly corrupt police force seeking to thwart him. The excellent cast also includes Oscar®-nominated Ruby Dee, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Josh Brolin, Idris Elba, John Hawkes, Norman Reedus, Common and Wu-Tang Clan's RZA. DIR/PROD Ridley Scott; SCR Steven Zaillian; PROD Brian Grazer. U.S./U.K., 2007, color, 157 min. RATED R
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