Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States. As a result, his product is superior to what is currently available on the street and his prices are lower. His alliance with the New York Mafia ensures his position. It is also the story of a dedicated and honest policeman, Richie Roberts, who heads up a joint narcotics task force with the Federal government. Based on a true story.
User Reviews: When I first saw the film, I didn’t find it all that engaging, but by the time I got around to seeing the extended cut, I warmed up to it. It’s a terrific crime film that accomplishes damn near everything it set out to do, and with an amazing cast of performers along with a stellar lead performance and riveting direction from director Ridley Scott (in top form here), it’s one of the essential American crime movies of the past decade, drawing influence upon genre classics – such as Superfly, Goodfellas, and Black Caeser, while effortlessly carving its own identity. If you’re not big on crime films, most of your enjoyment from this will be based on how much you like the cast and how familiar you are with their work, but one can’t deny how well made and polished the film is.