Jay Cocks (story)
Jay Cocks (screenplay) …
9 January 2003 (UK)
Crime / Drama / History more
America Was Born In The Streets.
In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father’s killer. more
(Cast overview, first billed only)
Leonardo DiCaprio … Amsterdam Vallon
Daniel Day-Lewis … Bill ‘The Butcher’ Cutting
Cameron Diaz … Jenny Everdeane
Jim Broadbent … Boss Tweed
John C. Reilly … Happy Jack
Henry Thomas … Johnny Sirocco
Liam Neeson … ‘Priest’ Vallon
Brendan Gleeson … Walter ‘Monk’ McGinn
Gary Lewis … McGloin
Stephen Graham … Shang
Eddie Marsan … Killoran
Alec McCowen … Reverend Raleigh (as Alec Mccowen)
David Hemmings … Mr. Schermerhorn
Larry Gilliard Jr. … Jimmy Spoils
Cara Seymour … Hell-Cat Maggie
10 Oscars? You have got to be kidding me. Must have been a slow year.
I have seen this film a few times and just rented it again as my other half hasn’t. I have to admit I could remember some details about the story and characters, but not much else. Says a lot on reflection I think.
Ok, so you can gather that I don’t rate this film all that highly, but it isn’t all bad. Daniel Day Lewis puts in a barn storming performance. What else… hmmm. I honestly can’t think of anything. The sets seem a bit forced and unrealistic. Most of the acting is so so. The story doesn’t ring that true to me, even knowing it’s fiction. The ending just doesn’t work.
Am I disappointed, well yes, as I am normally a Scorsese fan. Let’s just say this won’t be rented again.