Vallon's (Leonardo DiCaprio) father, Priest Vallon (Liam Neeson),
is killed in a gang fight by William Cutting, a.k.a. 'Bill 'The
Butcher' (Daniel Day-Lewis) at the Five Points, New York City.
is only young when his father is killed. When he grows up he comes
back a'lookin' for revenge... The love interest is provided by Cameron
Diaz (Jenny Everdeane) a pickpocket.
Day-Lewis has always frightened me. When I heard that he completely
disappeared in to his character for this movie, I lost my regular
toileting pattern. I haven't been able to direction my 'number ones'
tough guy, rough guy, brawler type: a unique performance of the
'Whoopsie Daisy' phrase. Both chilling and Mary Poppinsesque in
a mustache at the same time. It's uniqueness is one of a kind."
love nothing better than a big bustle on a woman."
masterpiece release delayed due to September 11th. A long but very
worth while movie."
attempts to kill Bill the Butcher at the annual anniversary celebrations
of the defeat of The Dead Rabbits (his father's gang, they are celebrating
Amsterdam's father's murder.) This fails and Amsterdam (his true
identity now revealed by his 'friend') is beaten to within an inch
of his life.
is nursed to health again by Jenny and he reforms the dead rabbits.
He challenges Bill and they both die in the ensuing riot which is
finally put down by federal forces.
this, finally, the last movie ever to be made like this? A real
set made in Italy, correct in every detail, and filmed as if the
event is on going? A masterpiece of everything, this movie is pretty
much perfect for its type, although there are a few too many tall
hats for my liking! Only kidding folks, the number and height of
the top hats are sheer perfection, and every detail, including the
pigeons nesting in the top of some of the head attire, is just one
of the countless details to which Scorsese strove for, and achieved.
long, almost 3 hour movie, but there is no slow bit to speak
of. You get your $90millions worth and the DVD is stuffed to the
rafters with extras, including a tour of the set in Italy. According
to the DVD commentary, Scorsese's original cut was almost 4 hours
- something to look forward to in the inevitable directors original
cut version of this movie.
problems with the filming were quite well covered at the time -
filming took much longer as the Italian authorities enforced a maximum
working day, and there were a number of on set accidents, some involving
pigs. And the September 11th attack delayed its release. None the
less a triumphant piece of cinema. As close to perfection as makes