Another one of those films people brush off too easily. An all encompassing crime epic with Ridley Scott's usual ease of technique and pacing. Few filmmakers can establish a time and place with such technical prowess. Brings together an ensemble narrative with two powerhouse movie stars in a great gritty gangster period piece. The director's cut is almost a Sir Ridley masterpiece and definitely worth seeing.
This movie works in so many levels, it nicely portray the late 60's era to early of 70's Harlem and America, full of drugs and where the cops are dirtier than the rats. It also works as an interesting study of the characters involved. As far as the storytelling goes, it is downright captivating! May not be very original but there are many twists and subplots that keep everything going and give the characters depths.
extended version Under appreciated crime epic from Ridley Scott with a rich script by Scott and Steve Zaillian. The film is a slow burner, much like Mann's 'Heat', with many rich moments in its' period capture. Performances are top notch from leads Washington and Crowe with solid turns from most of the cast especially the non-credited Clarence Williams III. It's no 'Prince of the City' mind you but what is?