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
RZA | Russell Crowe | Joe Morton | Common | Jon Polito | Norman Reedus | Chuck Cooper | Denzel Washington | Chiwetel Ejiofor | Cuba Gooding Jr. | Ric Young | Ritchie Coster | Ruby Dee | Ted Levine | Clarence Williams III | Josh Brolin | John Hawkes | Chance Kelly | Idris Elba | Carla Gugino | Kevin Corrigan | KaDee Strickland | Armand Assante | Dan Moran | Ruben Santiago-Hudson | Eric Silver | Gavin Grazer | Lymari Nadal | Roger Guenveur Smith | John Ortiz | Roger Bart | Malcolm Goodwin | Yul Vazquez | T.I. | Jon DeVries | Jim R. Coleman | Eddie Rouse | Kevin Geer | Al Santos | Monique Dupree | Joseph Ferrante | Nick Poltoranin | Hristo Hristov | Philippe Vonlanthen | Cedric Sanders | Maryann Urbano | Linda Powell | Robert C. Kirk | Bari K. Willerford | Sam Freed | Kathleen Garrett | Kevin Pinassi | Albert Jones | Hamilton Clancy | Jeff Mantel | J. Kyle Manzay | Brad Lee Wind | John Cenatiempo | Brian Keith Allen | Jermel Howard | Fab 5 Freddy | Scott Dillin | Ernest Dancy | Cris D'Annunzio | Mark DiConzo | Myo Campbell | Skyler Fortgang | Joey Klein | Conor Romero | Larry Mitchell | Bryant Pearson | Quisha Saunders | Shannon MacMillan | Paula Rittie | Anthony Hamilton | Robert Funaro | Billy Smith | Saycon Sengbloh | Michael Den Dekker | Tom O'Rourke | Daniel Farcher | Ephraim Benton | William Hudson | Atif Lanier | Kevin van Doorslaer | Kelvin Hale | Monique Lea-Gall | Brian Albanese | Ray Wineteer | Chris McKinney | Artie Pasquale | Fatima Robinson | Daniel Hilt | Neville White | Aija Terauda | Jeff Greene | Jason Furlani | J.W. Cortes | Tyson Hall | Tina Lorraine | Eddie Goines | Louis Rosario | Sarah Hudnut | Celestine Rae | Gabriel Hansen | Tammy Vaughn | Frances Mignano | Latonya Tolbert | Cicily Daniels | Panama Redd | George Lee Miles | Lee Shepherd | Bill Richards | Ron Piretti | Steve McAuliff | Tommy Guiffre | Marjorie Johnson | Paul Doherty | Clinton Lowe | Nino Del Buono | Tom Stearns | Sandra Park | Robbie Neigeborn | William C. Tate | Jehan-Pierre 'The Preacher' Vassau | Melissia Hill | Warner Miller | Roxanne Amandez | Pierra Francesca | Jason Veasey | Roosevelt Davis | David Spearman | Maurice Ballard | David Wayne Britton | Laurence Lowry | Kirt Harding | Christopher A. Sawyer | Dylan Gallagher | Dawn A. Douglas | Wilhelm Lewis | James Hunter | Lonnie Gaetano | Serena Joan Springle | Arthur M. Mercante | Jonah Denizard | Yuri Kamino-Fennell
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.