American Gangster, directed by Ridley Scott,
, starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe
A drug lord smuggles heroin into Harlem during the
1970s by hiding the stash inside the coffins of American soldiers
returning from Vietnam. Formerly titled "Tru", American
Gangster is a biopic of Harlem heroin kingpin Frank Lucas.
Lucas grew up in rural, segregated North Carolina where he
watched as his cousin was shot by the Klan for looking at
a white girl. In the early 1970s he became the biggest heroin
dealer in Harlem with a smuggling scheme that imported heroin
out of Southeast Asia in the caskets of dead Vietnam soldiers.
He soon made upwards of one million dollars a day in drug
sales. American Gangster centers on narcotics lawman Richie
Roberts' struggle to bring down Lucas, whose flamboyant style
earned him the street name "Superfly", and catching
the crooked cops and drug dealers who profited from Lucas's