Gangs of New York, The   (2002)
New York’s original gangsters in the 19th century, who initiated the organized street gangs, fight for control of the city’s streets between the Irish and Italian immigrants. Miramax Films domestic release December 2002.
Project Type:
Feature Film
Running Time:
166 mins
Action, Adventure, Drama
Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz
Martin Scorsese
Alberto Grimaldi Productions
Project Status:
Origin Country(s)/Region(s)
United States
Theatrical Release:
Gangs of New York unfolds in 1860s lower Manhattan during a period of great unrest in America. With the Civil War underway, the country was torn apart and on the brink of chaos. For the lower-class inhabitants of New York City, a war was also raging closer to their home in the Five Points, one of the poorest neighborhoods in America, where rival gangs fought continuously for control of the streets. In this time of lawlessness and rampant political corruption, the film follows the story of Amsterdam Vallon (Leonardo DiCaprio), a young Irish-American immigrant. Released from prison after fifteen years, he returns to the Five Points bent on revenge against Bill the Butcher (Daniel Day-Lewis), the powerful anti-immigrant gang leader who killed Amsterdam’s father. However, Amsterdam finds his difficulties increasing when he meets Jenny Everdeane (Cameron Diaz), a pickpocket whose fierce independence and undeniable beauty fascinate him, but complicates his plan....more