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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 18
Cast
Leonardo DiCaprio
Daniel Day-Lewis
Cameron Diaz
Jim Broadbent
Directors
Martin Scorsese
Screenwriters
Jay Cocks
Steven Zaillian
Kenneth Lonergan
Running Time
168 minutes

Gangs Of New York
Scorsese's stab at the epic is spectacular, but uneven


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Plot
As the American Civil War rages, rival gangs battle for New York's Lower East Side. On one side are the Nativists, led by the vicious Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting (Lewis). On the other, Irish-American Amsterdam Vallon (Di Caprio) and the reviled 'foreign hordes', fighting for their place in the city.


Verdict
An ironic, emotional, gory revision of the American Experiment, marred by narrative problems but sufficiently awesome in its ambitious scale and intentions to rate as a must-see.


Reviewed by Angie Errigo

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