Gangster No. 1

Gangster No. 1

DVD - 2002
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Chronicles the bloody, single-minded climb of a crime lord to power. Enter the psyche of an unrepentant mobster who slugs, claws and kills his way to the top. But when he learns that a former mentor he put in prison is about to get out, this self-made mobster must now face a man whose life he ruined ... and confront the twisted remnants of his own demented conscience as well.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780792852940
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE GANGS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (R)(103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Laser optical
Alternative Title: Gangster number one
Notes: Special features: widescreen (16x9 ; 1.85:1) and full screen presentations; making-of featurette; deleted scenes; audio commentary with director Paul McGuigan; TV spot; original theatrical trailer


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May 03, 2013

An uncompromising, supercharged crime romance that splits its lead between two actors. Paul Bettany's young Gangster is an icy, repressed striver, except on a couple notable occasions. Malcolm McDowell's older Gangster is (surprisingly, given the subtlety of his work in A Clockwork Orange) a coarse animal. These two performances don't fit together; or, if they do, not in a sophisticated way. However, it's all well worth seeing, especially the scene where young Gangster invades a rival's flat, which is among the most frightening things recorded on film.


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