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AMERICAN GANGSTER

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AMERICAN GANGSTER

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 156m 39s

Release date 16/11/2007

BBFCInsight Contains strong violence and hard drug use

Director(s) Ridley Scott

Cast includes Russell Crowe, Denzel Washington, Cuba Gooding Jr., Josh Brolin, Rube Dee, Rza, John Ortiz, John Hawkes, Ted Levine, Yul Vazquez

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 06/11/2007

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

AMERICAN GANGSTER is a crime drama set in New York City in the early 1970s. It charts the rise of Frank Lucas from relative obscurity to becoming the major supplier of heroin in the city. The film was passed ‘18’ for strong violence and hard drug use. There is strong violence throughout the film and, although the BBFC Guidelines allow strong violence at ‘15’, there is sufficient dwelling on the infliction of pain and injury in this work, particularly in a scene where a man is soaked in petrol and set alight, to justify an ‘18’ classification. On several occasions we see, in close-up, users injecting heroin into their arms and legs and we also see cocaine being snorted. In one scene we see the detailed preparation of the heroin before it is injected.

AMERICAN GANGSTER also contains strong language throughout and there is the very occasional use of racist language (i.e.’nigger’ and ‘chink’). A handful of scenes include both partial and full frontal, female nudity. However, the majority of these scenes lack any sexual context (the women employed in a heroin factory work naked to make it difficult for them to steal). Sex is limited to the sight of a man thrusting into a woman. Both, however, are fully clothed and the scene lacks detail.

This work contains flashing images which may affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

Details

Title
AMERICAN GANGSTER
Year
2007
Distributor(s)
Universal Pictures Int (UK)
Classified date(s)
09/07/2007
Main language
English
Submitted run time
156m 39s
Approved footage
14099+1
BBFC reference
AFF239856
Registration number
CFJ15407

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