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King of New York
Directed by Abel Ferrara
Produced by Augusto Caminito
Mary Kane
Written by Nicholas St. John
Starring Christopher Walken
Laurence Fishburne
David Caruso
Music by Joe Delia
Distributed by Artisan Entertainment
Seven Arts
Release date(s) September 22, 1990 (limited)
Running time 106 min.
Language English
IMDb profile

King of New York is a 1990 film, starring Christopher Walken, Laurence "Larry" Fishburne, David Caruso, Wesley Snipes, Victor Argo, Steve Buscemi and Giancarlo Esposito. It was directed by independent filmmaker Abel Ferrara and written by his long-time partner and close friend Nicholas St. John. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Born July 15, 1951 in The Bronx, Ferrara started his career in his teens, making amateur films on Super 8. ... Christopher Walken (born March 31, 1943) is an Academy Award-winning American film and theatre actor. ... Laurence Fishburne III (b. ... David Stephen Caruso (born January 7, 1956 in Forest Hills, Queens, New York) is an American film and television actor. ... Artisan Entertainment was a privately held independent American movie studio that has been owned by Lions Gate Entertainment since 2003. ... is the 265th day of the year (266th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1990 in film involved some significant events. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Christopher Walken (born March 31, 1943) is an Academy Award-winning American film and theatre actor. ... Laurence Fishburne III (b. ... David Stephen Caruso (born January 7, 1956 in Forest Hills, Queens, New York) is an American film and television actor. ... Wesley Trent Snipes (born July 31, 1962, in Orlando, Florida) is an American actor, martial artist and film producer. ... Victor Argo (November 5, 1934-April 7, 2004) born as Victor Jimenez, in New York City was an actor who usually played the part of the tough bad guy in the movies. ... Steven Vincent Buscemi (born December 13, 1957) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated American actor and film director. ... Giancarlo Esposito (b. ... An independent film, or indie film, is usually a low-budget film that is produced by a small movie studio. ... Born July 15, 1951 in The Bronx, Ferrara started his career in his teens, making amateur films on Super 8. ...


The production and costs of the film was financed through mainly Italian interests, including Silvio Berlusconi. Reteitalia Spa produced the feature.   (born September 29, 1936) is an Italian politician, entrepreneur, and media proprietor. ...

Contents

Plot

The film opens with Frank White (Christopher Walken), a wealthy and powerful drug lord, riding by private limousine into New York over the Queensboro Bridge after being released on parole from Sing Sing after serving an unknown number of years on drug-related charges. Emilio El Zapa (Freddy Howard), a Colombian drug dealer, enters a telephone booth, where he is almost immediately gunned-down by three assailants. As the hit men leave, one of them drops a newspaper onto Zapa's lap, the headline of which announces Frank White's release. Frank White is a character that portrayed by Christopher Walken in the cult film King of New York. ... A drug lord is the term used to describe a person who controls a sizable network of persons involved in the illegal drugs trade. ... Look up limousine in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Queensboro Bridge, also known as the 59th Street Bridge, is a cantilever bridge over the East River in New York City. ... It has been suggested that Medical parole be merged into this article or section. ... Alternative meaning: Sing Sing (band) Sing Sing Correctional Facility is a prison in Ossining, New York. ... A classic UK red telephone box. ... A hitman (alternately, hit man), also referred to as a contract killer, is a hired assassin, usually in the employ of organized crime. ...


Across town, Zapa's partner, King Tito (Ernest Abuba), sits in a hotel room with Jimmy Jump (Fishburne) and Test Tube (Buscemi), a pair of gangsters who are negotiating the purchase of several kilograms of cocaine. Finally, the two agree to pay Tito $100,000 up front, plus 10% of the street value (transportation costs, Tito quips). When Tito opens the suitcase ostensibly containing the money, however, he discovers that it is full of tampons ("They're for the bullet holes, puta!"). Jump and Test Tube then draw pistols, shoot Tito and his bodyguards to death, and steal the cocaine. The U.S. National Prototype Kilogram, which currently serves as the primary standard for measuring mass in the U.S. It was assigned to the United States in 1889 and is periodically recertified and traceable to the primary international standard, The Kilogram, held at the Bureau International des Poids et... Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... A typical suitcase A suitcase is a narrow box-shaped bag, usually made of cloth or vinyl that more or less keeps its shape, has a handle at one end and is used mainly for transporting clothes and other possessions during trips. ... A diagram of a tampon in the vagina A tampon with applicator The elements of a tampon with applicator. ... A Browning 9 millimeter Hi-Power Ordnance pistol of the French Navy, 19th century, using a Percussion cap mechanism Derringers were small and easily hidden. ... Bodyguards of Viktor Yushchenko (far left) after leaving Gdansk city hall. ...


A few hours later, in the presidential suite at the Plaza Hotel, Frank White steps out of the shower to discover that Jump, Test Tube, and the three phone booth killers are waiting for him. They are revealed to be the core members of his gang, and they welcome him home with a gift of champagne and Zapa's briefcase full of money. After an exchange of pleasantries, Frank leaves to meet two of his many lawyers, Joey Dalesio (Paul Calderon) and Jennifer (Janet Julian), for dinner. The Presidential Suite is a luxury hotel room made available to only the most affluent of hotel guests, and a room can only be authorised as Presidential in a hotel with at least 4 Stars. ... The Plaza Hotel as seen from the corner of 5th Avenue and 59th Street in Manhattan For the music festival PlazAid, click here The Plaza Hotel in New York City is a landmark 19-story luxury hotel on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Central Park South in Manhattan, currently... For other uses, see Gang (disambiguation). ... Champagne is often consumed as part of a celebration Champagne is a sparkling wine produced by inducing the in-bottle secondary fermentation of wine to effect carbonation. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


After the dinner, during which Frank proclaims himself "reformed", expresses his desire to be elected mayor, and asks Dalesio to set up a meeting with Mafia boss Arty Clay (Frank Gio), he and Jennifer leave to take a ride on the subway, where it is revealed that she is one of his many mistresses. Upon being confronted by three muggers, Frank first brandishes his gun, then gives them a wad of money, telling them to ask for him at the Plaza Hotel if they want work. For a list of the Dutch Director-Generals who governed New Amsterdam (as New York City was called when it was a Dutch-run settlement) between 1624 and 1664, see: Director-General of New Netherland. ... The Mafia (also known as Cosa Nostra), is an Italian criminal secret society which first developed in the mid-19th century in Sicily. ... Times Square–42nd Street station entrance The New York City Subway is a rapid transit system owned by the City of New York and leased to the New York City Transit Authority, an affiliate of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as MTA New York City Transit. ...


In Little Italy, Dalesio attempts to set up Frank's meeting with Arty Clay, but the crime lord refuses to accept. Referring to Frank as a "nigger-lover" in front of Dalesio, Clay proceeds to urinate on the messenger. Upon hearing of this, Frank, Jump, and several other members of the gang arrive at Clay's social club, where Frank tells Clay that he wants a percentage of all Clay's profits. When Clay refuses and insults him to his face, Frank draws his gun and empties it into the mafioso. As he makes his way out, Frank announces to Clay's henchmen that they can all find employment at the Plaza. Food vendors line the streets of Little Italy. ... // Nigger is a racial slur used to refer to dark-skinned people, especially those of African ancestry. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...


The next night, after watching an avant-garde play, Frank confronts a city councilman about the city's failure to continue the funding of a hospital in a poverty-stricken area of the South Bronx. When the councilman explains that there wasn't enough money in the budget, Frank vows to fund the facility himself. Moments later, he is confronted by Detective Roy Bishop (Victor Argo) and his right-hand men, Dennis Gilley (David Caruso) and Thomas Flanigan (Wesley Snipes), three members of the NYPD's narcotics squad, who tell him that they are taking him to police headquarters for questioning. Instead, the three drive him to an abandoned lot, where they show him the body of Emilio El Zapa in the trunk of their car. When Frank refuses to confess to the crime, Gilley and Flanigan beat him. The cops then drive off, leaving Frank to find his own way home. A work similar to Marcel Duchamps Fountain Avant garde (written avant-garde) is a French phrase, one of many French phrases used by English speakers. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A city council is the most common style of legislative government in a city or town. ... For the record label, see Hospital Records. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... The New York City Police Department (NYPD) , the largest police department in the United States, has primary responsibility for law enforcement and investigation within the five boroughs of New York City. ... This 1931 Ford Model A features a separate trunk on its rear trunk rack. ... Assault is a crime of violence against another person. ...


Apparently unfazed by Bishop's warnings, Frank sends Dalesio to Chinatown to make contact with Larry Wong (Joey Chin), a local Triad gang leader who possesses 100 kilos (220 pounds) of cocaine worth over $15 million on the street. Larry, however, is leery of dealing with Frank, especially after the killing of Arty Clay. He demands that Frank meet him alone on neutral ground to discuss the deal. As the meeting is being scheduled, however, Jimmy Jump and several of Frank's top lieutenants are arrested by Gilley and Flanigan, who reveal that one of King Tito's bodyguards is still alive and willing to testify against them. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Triad (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; literally Triad Society) or (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; literally Black Society, a general term for criminal organizations) is a term that describes many branches of Chinese underground society and/or organizations based in Hong Kong and Macau and also operating in Taiwan, mainland... The U.S. National Prototype Kilogram, which currently serves as the primary standard for measuring mass in the U.S. It was assigned to the United States in 1889 and is periodically recertified and traceable to the primary international standard, The Kilogram, held at the Bureau International des Poids et...


Meeting at the very hospital he is intent on saving, Frank attempts to hammer out a deal with Larry. The Triad demands $3 million up front and another $500,000 after the drugs are sold, but Frank counters that, since the drugs are worth over five times that amount on the street, the two team up, with Larry providing the drugs and Frank providing the dealers, then split the profits evenly. When Frank insists that part of the profits be directed into funding the hospital, however, Larry turns him down and demands that Frank decide immediately whether he want to buy the drugs for $3.5 million or not at all. Frank declines and the two part ways.


Returning to the Plaza, Frank learns of Jump's arrest and orders his lawyers to arrange their release, a process that eventually entails paying $1 million in bail for each man. Frank sends his limousine to the police station to pick up Jump and his men, and they head directly to Chinatown, where they massacre Larry Wong and his entire gang with machine guns in a quick battle. They then find that the stockpiles of Larry Wong's cocaine in large barrels marked for MSG in a basement storage after killing his gang. This does not cite any references or sources. ... A typical suburban police station in the United States (this one is in San Bruno, California). ... The AK-47 is the worlds most common assault rifle. ... Chemical structure of monosodium glutamate Monosodium glutamate, sodium glutamate, flavour enhancer 621, EU food additive code: E621, HS code: 29224220 (IUPAC name 2-aminopentanedioic acid. ...


With the money gained from selling the Triad's cocaine, Frank sets up a fundraiser, hosted by singer Freddie Jackson, to raise even more money for the hospital. Witnessing this latest outrage on TV, Gilley, Flanigan, and several like-minded officers resolve to use extrajudicial means to get rid of Frank, despite Bishop's objections. Posing as drug dealers, they bribe Joey Dalesio into leading them to the nightclub where Frank and most of his men are partying. Catching the criminals unaware, the hit squad bursts in with guns blazing, succeeding in slaying all of Frank's girlfriends and some of his gang. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Fundraising. ... Freddie Jackson (born Frederick Anthony Jackson on October 2, 1956, Harlem, New York City, NY) is an American soul singer. ... Extrajudicial punishment is physical punishment without the permission of a court or legal authority, and as such, constitutes a violation of basic human rights (such as the right to due process and humane treatment). ... // This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Hitmen is a free online-text based game. ...


Fleeing in their limousine in a long chase over the Queensboro Bridge, Frank and Jump trade shots with the police, killing all of them except Gilley and Flanigan. After momentarily giving their pursuers the slip, the two men split up, with the nearly-maniacal Jump staying behind to deal with the two cops. Sneaking up on Flanigan, Jump shoots him five times in the chest, puncturing his bulletproof vest. Seeing this, Gilley shoots Jump several times in the chest and abdomen and, after pausing to attempt CPR on his ill-fated partner, kills his assailant as Jump laughs proudly with a single shot to the head. Reeling from the unexpected assault and the loss of his friend, Frank responds with narcoterrorism. A few days after the murders, as Gilley is leaving Flanigan's funeral, Frank kills him personally with a single shotgun blast to the head. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Wikibooks has more about this subject: First Aid/CPR Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency first aid procedure for a victim of cardiac arrest. ... Narcoterrorism is a term coined by former President Fernando Belaúnde Terry of Peru in 1983 when describing terrorist-type attacks against his nations anti-narcotics police. ... For other uses, see Shotgun (disambiguation). ...


That night, after watching his surviving henchmen kill Dalesio, Frank shows up at Roy Bishop's apartment, telling him that he has placed a $250,000 bounty on every detective involved on the case, including Bishop. Still holding Bishop at gunpoint, Frank explains that he killed Tito, Larry, Arty Clay, Zapa and their affiliates simply because he disapproved of their business practices, which included the exploitation of immigrants and child prostitution. When Bishop asks: "Did you really think you could get away with killing all these people?" Frank replies with the most often-quoted line of the film: "I never killed anyone who didn't deserve it." Trafficking of human beings is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of people for the purpose of exploitation. ... Prostitution of children refers to the use of children as prostitutes. ...


His business seemingly concluded, Frank forces Bishop to handcuff himself to a chair before taking his leave. As Frank escapes down to the subway, Bishop uses a gun from a nearby drawer to free himself and gives chase. Following Frank into a subway car, Bishop corners him, causing Frank to take a woman hostage. During the ensuing standoff, Frank fires on Bishop, killing him, but not before the policeman is able to fire off one last shot himself. Escaping from the train and into a nearby taxi in Times Square, Frank looks down to see that he has been hit. As police officers surround the car, Frank closes his eyes and dies. The last image of the film is his gun falling limply to his side. A pair of metal double-locking police handcuffs A woman cuffed with handcuffs and thumbcuffs Handcuffs are devices to secure two wrists close together. ... Police often train to recover hostages taken by force, as in this exercise For the 2005 film, see Hostage (film). ... Taxicab, short forms taxi or cab, is a type of public transport for a single passenger, or small group of passengers, typically for a non-shared ride. ... Times Square. ...


Cast

Christopher Walken (born March 31, 1943) is an Academy Award-winning American film and theatre actor. ... Laurence Fishburne III (b. ... David Stephen Caruso (born January 7, 1956 in Forest Hills, Queens, New York) is an American film and television actor. ... Victor Argo (November 5, 1934-April 7, 2004) born as Victor Jimenez, in New York City was an actor who usually played the part of the tough bad guy in the movies. ...

Controversy and popularity

Upon its release, the film proved to be extremely polarizing, with many critics (including Roger Ebert) enjoying it, and others despising it. During its premiere at the New York Film Festival, for example, many members of the audience (including Ferrara's own wife) walked out of the theatre. At the question-and-answer session that Ferrara held after the screening, the first question asked was: "This film is an abomination. Why aren't you giving the proceeds to some drug rehab program?" The next day, Larry Fishburne and Nicholas St. John were actually booed off the stage. The film, which originally ran for 118 minutes, had to be edited down to 106 minutes to receive an R rating (it originally was Rated X). It made only $2 million (U.S.) in its very narrow theatrical release and was soon pulled from theaters. Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ... The New York Film Festival is the one of the United Statess most prestigious film festivals, first held in 1962 in New York. ... Laurence Fishburne (born July 30, 1961 in Augusta, Georgia, USA) is a notable United States movie actor. ... X-rated, X certificate, X classification or similar terms are labels for movies implying strong adult content, typically pornography or violence. ...


Since then, however, the film has achieved cult film status and is extremely popular among fans of gangsta rap. This may be because its title song, and much of its soundtrack, was provided by Schoolly D, a famous rapper often called the "Godfather of Gangsta Rap." It has also become popular with fans of Christopher Walken, many of whom rate the Frank White character as one of his best performances. The Notorious B.I.G. referred to himself as "the black Frank White" on his album Ready to Die as an homage. Another Rapper, Jadakiss (of The Lox fame) alludes to the famous scene in the movie where Frank White says, "Come by the Plaza Hotel. I got work for you. Ask for Frank White" in his song We Gonna Make It when he says, "But come and see me at the Plaza Hotel I might give you a job." On Dan the Automator's A Better Tomorrow, Kool Keith quips that he is the "King of New York, patrolling Alphabet City" On 20 April 2004, Artisan Entertainment re-released the film on a two-disc "special edition" DVD with new commentary by Abel Ferrara, a documentary, trailers and a Schoolly D music video. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In film formats, the soundtrack is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... // Background Schoolly D is the moniker of Jesse B. Weaver, Jr. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Ready to Die is the debut album by East Coast rapper The Notorious B.I.G., released on September 13, 1994 (see 1994 in music). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The L.O.X. also known as D-Block is a group of 3 emcees originating from New York discovered by Bad Boy Records boss Sean Puffy Combs. ... Dan the Automator Nakamura is a Japanese American, born in San Francisco, California, a hip-hop and rap producer most known for his work in the mid to late 1990s and early 2000s. ... A Better Tomorrow (Chinese: 英雄本色; pinyin: yÄ«ngxióng bÄ›nsè, Cantonese: ying1 hung4 bun2 sik1; literally True Colors of a Hero) is a 1986 Hong Kong action movie which had a profound influence on the Hong Kong movie-making industry, and later on an international scale. ... Keith Matthew Thornton (born c. ... Alphabet City, formerly considered a slum, is now a trendy part of the East Village in lower Manhattan, New York City. ... is the 110th day of the year (111th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Artisan Entertainment was a privately held independent American movie studio that has been owned by Lions Gate Entertainment since 2003. ... Size comparison: A 12 cm Sony DVD+RW and a 19 cm Dixon Ticonderoga pencil. ...


Prequel

Director Ferrara has recently announced that he is planning on making a prequel to the film called "The Last Crew", following Frank White's rise to the top before his arrest. [citation needed]


Trivia

  • The film was shot in 40 days without the crew having to spend more than a day on each location.
  • The script took over five years to be written.
  • James Russo was originally cast to play Jimmy Jump and then left the film. Laurence Fishburne, who had already been cast as Thomas Flanagan, persistently begged director Abel Ferrara for an audition for the part, got the part after coming in looking exactly as he does in the film.
  • The film's opening sequence, featuring Frank White emerging from prison, was shot partially at Sing Sing Prison, the first time the infamous prison had ever been used as a filming location.
  • Abel Ferrara claims Wesley Snipes was living in his car during production of this film.
  • The word "fuck" is used 90 times in the film.
  • In the article shown to Emilio Zapa's body in the phonebooth about Frank White being released, a glance at the actual article shows it it has nothing to do with him (Frank White) at all.
  • Rapper Notorious B.I.G. got his nickname "Frank White" from this movie.

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