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King of New York 1990 123movies

King of New York 1990 123movies

Not everyone who runs a city is elected.Jul. 18, 1990103 Min.
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Watch: King of New York 1990 123movies, Full Movie Online – After completing a lengthy prison sentence, one-time drug kingpin Frank White returns to New York intent on reestablishing his empire and making things as they were before he left. Others of course have taken over the business during his absence but that clearly isn’t going to stop White. While he is gunning down the opposition, he decides he’s going to give away the money he’ll make to modernize the hospital in his old neighborhood. Drug dealers aren’t the only thing he has to worry about however: a group of rogue cops decide they are going to take him down..
Plot: A former drug lord returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition and distribute the profits of his operations to New York’s poor and lower classes in this stylish and ultra violent modern twist on Robin Hood.
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6.9/10 Votes: 37,904
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N/A Votes: 504 Popularity: 9.967 | TMDB


Stylish and smouldering.

Frank White, a drug lord of New York, is released from prison and plans to make a more positive mark on the city. But after reuniting with his loyal and violence hungry gang, he finds the odds are very much stacked up against him. Not only has New York changed for the worse, being run by incompetent pretenders to his crown, but the police force are also after his head – dead or alive!

First time viewers to this picture should not go into it expecting some Scarface type gangster movie, I made that mistake almost 17 years ago and came out the cinema totally cheesed off! Revisiting the film now has opened up a whole new ream of delights that when put together have created a simmering and brutal piece of work. What director Abel Ferrara has managed to do here is portray a fable of how a leopard never changes its spots – even though it wants too. Frank White is here a victim of his own past doings, with his reputation on the wane and the authorities with long and unforgiving memories.

What hits the most (outside of some brilliant acting) is Abel Ferrara’s bleak yet gorgeous vision of a sin city Big Apple, the characters are all one step away from a death, something that we the audience hope comes swift and nasty, all of which is cloaked in this plink plink lighted vision of the underworld. Ferrara chooses to pace his picture to give us a sense of pervading doom, it’s quite a knack and means the viewers have to hang on in there to get to the wonderful, and dare I say it, bleakly appropriate conclusion.

Christopher Walken is Frank White and gives one of his best career performances, all scary eyes and dialogue spurting precision, he pours out grit and emotion to garner sympathy where he perhaps really shouldn’t be getting it. Larry Fishburne, David Caruso, Victor Argo, Wesley Snipes, Janet Julian and Steve Buscemi fill out the cast list, with Fishburne and his manic Jimmy Jump character practically walking off with the movie. So all in all it’s a visual delight and a story that is very good on the ears, with the violence perfectly harsh to flesh out the grim nature of this pot boiling crime picture.

So, those in need of a pick me up should probably steer well clear then. 8/10

Review By: John Chard

Incredibly acted and beautifully stylized. Really enjoyed this entry in the 90s crime era, one of the best in my opinion.
Review By: Ryan
This Is One Mean Story
Now here’s a film with a mean edge….very mean….almost too mean. If I didn’t like Christopher Walken (and who doesn’t?) I wouldn’t have watched this low- life trash. But Walken makes the trash fashionable somehow. Plus, I always like looking at great nighttime shots of New York City.

A nice job of restoration was done on this latest two-disc DVD. The film finally looks good. This is stylishly filmed, too.

Story-wise, as mentioned, it’s very rough, lots of f-words, and a simple story of a crime boss who is released from jail and is trying to reclaim his hold on the city’s mob scene.

It’s an interesting cast. Besides Walken is a trio of actors who wound up becoming stars: David Caruso (a TV star), Lawrence Fishburne and Wesley Snipes. All of them are nasty, too. Sometimes they make Walken look good in comparison. Unfortunately, two of those guys are cops and filmmakers love to make the cops into unlikable bad guys. They certainly are here.

So, if you’re feeling ornery and want to take out some hostility without hurting anyone or anything, just flip this disc in your DVD and it should be what the doctor ordered. If you can relate to any of these people in this movie, call a minister, priest, rabbi or psychiatrist. You need help.

Review By: ccthemovieman-1
Finally. A “Cult classic” worth your time.
The King of New York should be boring, it moves slowly and deliberately for much of the film, the look of the film is quite washed out with drab backgrounds and much of the background music is quiet and orchestral.

But the movie also has some great action sequences, and some of the more visceral and impacting acts of violence committed to film. This is quite unlike 90% of action films made in the last 2 decades, and it’s better than almost all of them.

Frank White is released from prison, by Christopher Walken, who is white – even for a white guy.

In fact in this movie I am convinced that Walken glows in certain scenes he is so pasty, they actually could have used him for lighting.

So back to Frank White, now a free man Frank decides to “get straight back into it” in every respect. In the initial scenes the various “Its” include his limo, the crime business – and various women including his lawyer.

Frank obviously has a way with people, he is disarmingly honest (where possible) and direct, and he is very loyal to his gang. And they reciprocate. Frank also moves in different circles, as well as the lower socioeconomic area that he resides in, and does business with, he also spends time with the cities’ elite, pressing the flesh and trying to broker deals of a different nature.

There is the initial montage that goes along with reestablishing turf, various rival dealers and kingpins are dealt with, the violence in these scenes is quite immediate and realistic, no amazing stunt leaps or protracted death rolls here, you are shot and you fall down, there are no dramatic final carefully scripted words. (These scenes reminded me a lot of Beat Takeshi and his films, especially Brother, which coincidentally enough had a non-black guy running a crime gang staffed mostly by black guys.)

Frank also turns an attempted mugging into an impromptu recruitment drive. This sounds odd, but is even odder when you factor in that he was interrupted mid titty-squeeze on the subway!

The difference between Frank and say Nino Brown or Tony Montana, is that Frank actually seems determined to help the very same group of people that is selling to, one of his pet projects is personally funding a hospital in a poorer area using 16M of his own money.

When he tries to co-opt a rival gang leader into assisting he is met with scorn and derision. Here we learn another thing about Frank, if you knock back a deal, he’ll get what he wants anyway, just through other more violent means.

As Frank and his crew expand and become more successful, he attracts the attention of two groups, rival gangs wary of losing turf and customers, and the cops. We already know how Frank and co deal with rival gangs, let’s talk about the cops.

The cops are both a strength and a weakness in this film. In the early sections we meet them all, Roy (Victor Argo) is the time-weathered Boss, determined to nab Frank but rendered almost powerless by the system. Tommy (Wesley Snipes) and Dennis (David Caruso) are the younger hotheads that are willing to do “anything” to keep the streets clean, there is also a fourth newly-wed cop who anyone (who has seen an action movie at least) knows is only there to be killed.

The cops have a minor victory when they manage to find a real living witness to a crime committed by Frank’s henchman, most notably Jimmy Jump (Larry Fishburne, more on him later). In a show of loyalty Frank plumps up the sizable bail to free his men, and this is where things change.

The cops, realizing that the normal “legit” channels just don’t work, decide to go to a slightly more shady Plan B, from here on in everything moves along towards the inevitable conclusion. Only in a film like this we can never be sure who will actually triumph, after all the criminal is loyal, honest and wants to maintain a valuable hospital servicing the inner city with his own money, and the cops are willing to use illegal means to get what they want.

There is an exceptional car chase, a shoot out and some well written and impeccably timed one-liners in the concluding sequences, though this isn’t your standard action/crime film. Key characters on both “sides” are killed, often abruptly and violently, and loyalties are tested.

The film ends in a slow languid scene that is in obvious contrast to the hectic action that preceded it, and the scene is quite fitting for a crime film in which there are no real winners.

The King of New York is deservedly seen as a cult classic, and while many so called cult classic are of the “sh*t films that people saw when they were high so they talk them up” variety this one is truly worth your time.

Now, as alluded to earlier, even though he was given scant mention in the above write up Larry Fishburne as Jimmy Jump must go down as one of the coolest MFs to ever appear in a film. Larry plays him as animated, chirpy yet also skittish. He is a cold-blooded assassin that also runs around like a 7 year old full of green cordial, and in one of the shootouts near the close of the film he moves effortlessly through the scenery, even while pumping rounds into other bad guys (and unfortunately some cops).

Final Rating – 8.5 / 10. Deserves to be more well known, but for now check out The King of New York. At least you’ll get to know how good it is. (Thank me later.)

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Other Information:

Original Title King of New York
Release Date 1990-07-18
Release Year 1990

Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 43 min (103 min)
Budget 0
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated R
Genre Crime, Thriller
Director Abel Ferrara
Writer Nicholas St. John
Actors Christopher Walken, David Caruso, Laurence Fishburne
Country Italy, United States
Awards 1 win & 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix Dolby (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex 35 BL4
Laboratory DuArt Film Laboratories, New York (NY), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (4K) (2020 remaster), Dolby Vision, Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm

King of New York 1990 123movies
King of New York 1990 123movies
King of New York 1990 123movies
King of New York 1990 123movies
King of New York 1990 123movies
King of New York 1990 123movies
King of New York 1990 123movies
King of New York 1990 123movies
King of New York 1990 123movies
King of New York 1990 123movies
Original title King of New York
TMDb Rating 6.703 504 votes

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