Rating: 6 stars
Seen 1 time
Seen on: 11/12/2018 (rewatch)
Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States. Partly based on a true story.
Rated R | Length 157 minutes
Tina Lorraine | Frances Mignano | Tammy Vaughn | Dolores Winn | Ray Wineteer | Brad Lee Wind | Clarence Williams III | Philippe Vonlanthen | Aija Terauda | Billy Smith | Paula Rittie | Kevin Pinassi | Nick Poltoranin | Artie Pasquale | Atif Lanier | Hristo Hristov | Jermel Howard | Eddie Goines | Gabriel Hansen | Kelvin Hale | Louis Rosario | Joseph Ferrante | Monique Dupree | Kevin van Doorslaer | Mark DiConzo | Michael Den Dekker | Ernest Dancy | J.W. Cortes | Cris D'Annunzio | Myo Campbell | John Cenatiempo | Ephraim Benton | Brian Keith Allen | Brian Albanese | Cicily Daniels | Latonya Tolbert | Shannon MacMillan | Monique Lea-Gall | Celestine Rae | Fatima Robinson | Fab 5 Freddy | Panama Redd | Jeff Mantel | Neville White | Al Santos | Bryant Pearson | Tyson Hall | Sarah Hudnut | Scott Dillin | Anthony Hamilton | Joey Klein | Sam Freed | Hamilton Clancy | Kevin Geer | Chuck Cooper | Dan Moran | Ric Young | Chris McKinney | Jason Furlani | Daniel Farcher | Daniel Hilt | Conor Romero | Cedric Sanders | Roger Bart | Eric Silver | Saycon Sengbloh | Maryann Urbano | Eddie Rouse | Larry Mitchell | Chance Kelly | Norman Reedus | Linda Powell | Gavin Grazer | Jim R. Coleman | Jon DeVries | KaDee Strickland | Robert C. Kirk | Tom O'Rourke | Jon Polito | Robert Funaro | Kevin Corrigan | Quisha Saunders | T.I. | J. Kyle Manzay | Albert Jones | Common | Idris Elba | Ritchie Coster | Bari K. Willerford | Joe Morton | Kathleen Garrett | Armand Assante | Cuba Gooding Jr. | John Ortiz | Skyler Fortgang | Carla Gugino | Ruben Santiago-Hudson | Ruby Dee | Malcolm Goodwin | Yul Vazquez | RZA | John Hawkes | Roger Guenveur Smith | Ted Levine | Lymari Nadal | Josh Brolin | Chiwetel Ejiofor | Russell Crowe | Denzel Washington
I watched the unrated director’s cut for the first time and I seemed to like this version better. It still has an unsatisfactory ending for all the build up. Great to see Idris Elba in this as I’d have had no clue who he was the last time I watched it.