|Source of story
||Said to have been inspired by the 1927 book “The Gangs of New York” by Herbert Asbury.
||Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian, Kenneth Lonergan
||Jay Cocks was the writer of the original story twenty years before the actual production. The director had wanted it to be longer.
||Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, John C Reilly, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson, Eddie Marsan, Gary Lewis, Alec McCowan, David Hemmings, Tim Pigott-Smith, John Sessions
||In 1863 Bill the Butcher is a gang leader, with much political and financial influence, controlling the Five Points area of New York, but he is threatened by a young man who has joined his crew but is actually the son of an Irish gang leader who Bill has killed years before, and who is out for revenge.
||Much bloody conflict between the gangs and members of them, mostly with unpleasant edged weapons. A lot of time spent in the gritty slums of the area and tension every time Bill is on screen. Quite a prolonged “orgy” scene with nudity and some sex. Depiction of the “Draft Riots”.
||Well, this was in my in tray and so I had to face it, but it was as I had expected, very dark and pretty unpleasant. It was nominated for many awards, but only won one or two. Not one moment of humour in the whole film. I did not like it but it would depend on what floats your boat whether you would enjoy it.