Gangs of New York

TitleGangs of New York
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsScorsese, Martin
Running Time167 min
Date Released12/2002
DistributorMiramax Films
CountryUnited States
Publication Languageenglish

During In 1846, waves of Irish immigrants poured into the New York neighborhood of Five Points. "Billy the Butcher" bands his fellow "Native Americans" into a gang to take on the Irish gang "The Dead Rabbits," organized by Priest Vallon. After a bloody clash Vallon is dead and his son ends up in a brutal reform school. In 1862, that boy returns to seek vengeance against the man that killed his father.


Leonardo Dicaprio

Daniel Day Lewis

Cameron Diaz

Jim Broadbent

John C. Reilly

Henry Thomas

Brendan Gleeson

Liam Neeson


Produced by Alberto Grimaldi and Harvey Weinstein

Directed by Martin Scorsese

Written by Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian, and Kenneth Lonergan

Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus

Edited by Thelma Schoonmaker

Music by Howard Shore


Crime, Drama

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Gangs of New York explores vengence, immigration, and local politics during the American Civil War. A young man plots to destroy the man who killed his father, a rival gang leader who has risen from the Irish immigrant ranks to Tammany Hall. Their final confrontation unfolds during the New York Draft Riot of 1863 when working-class men attacked free blacks in their anger over fighting a war they did not support. 

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