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Ridley Scott’s heavyweight crime drama follows the rise and fall of drug-runner Frank Lucas, commandingly portrayed by Denzel Washington.
Crime 2007 157 mins
Director: Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott’s heavyweight crime saga tells the true story of Harlem drug smuggler Frank Lucas, commandingly portrayed by Denzel Washington. Charting his humble beginnings as he makes in-roads into a line of business dominated by the Italian mafia, we witness his establishment of a successful smuggling operation that daringly utilises the services of American soldiers returning from Vietnam. But hard on Lucas’ trail is dogged cop Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe), who’s determined to bring him down.
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