Gangster Films

Discussion in 'Films, Music and All Things Artsy' started by sawdogxix, Jan 6, 2009.

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  1. I've just finished reading a book, "The Winter of Frankie Machine" by Don Winslow, an excellent story of a retired San Diego mob hitman, called in to do one last favour. I am also aware that the film of this novel is "in production" with a release set for 2010, with Robert de Niro in the title role and directed by Michael Mann (Heat, Collateral=good, Miami Vice=not so good) and believe that if the film stays faithful to the book, it could eclipse Goodfellas as the best gangster film of modern times. I would be interested to hear the views of any arrser's who've read the book and also their opinions of both De Niro and Mann as actor and director. Also what's your top 3 gangster films? Mine are; 1-Goodfellas 2-State of Grace 3-The long Good Friday. Cheers.
  2. Heat was a classic, though I have to admit I also enjoyed Miami Vice. :oops:

    Top Gangster movies? Goodfellas, Casino and Untouchables. 8)
  3. Anything with Pacino or De Niro and i'll watch it.
  4. As with Goodfellas, the story is told in flashback, from the 60's to the present and the central character, Frankie, is 62 in the book, (which i suppose De Niro is there or thereabouts) so they'd have to find someone else to play a younger, 20-50ish version of him
  5. I've just finished watching Cass.

    Although not a gangster film per se, it is about football hooligans in the 80's and based on a true story.

    Quite good.
  6. No way Goodfellas is considered as a masterwork not only of its genre but of late 20th century American cinema - quite right too in my opinion

    I'm having trouble trying to remember the last decent movie De Niro appered in and Michael Mann is a rather hit and miss film maker . Irnically enough I think Mann's best movie was Last Of The Mohicans which was virtually ignored by the prestigous award ceremonies

    If The Winter Of Frankie Machine does end up as a masterpiece please feel free to slag me off and resurrect ths thread
  7. Scarface has to be my honourable mention.
  8. "Say hullo to my little friend!" :twisted: 8)
  9. sounds good

    mine are Goodfellas,Casino,The Long good friday

    (Sexy Beast -they are ex gangsters ) well Gal is "retired"
  10. 1. Goodfellas
    2. Carlito's Way
    3.Casino or The Long Good Friday.

    The book in which Goodfellas was based on,Wise Guy,Henry Hill spent 3 years as a paratrooper.If I can remember rightly,he was flooging tons of food and gasoline and fixing college basketball games,all whilst serving in the army.
    Now,that would of made Goodfellas more interesting.......NOW,GO GET YA F UCKIN SHINEBOX!
  11. Hear what you're saying Spanny, I was gonna mention last of the mohicans which is a great film, but another film of his that i like is Manhunter, the first cinematic appearance of Hannibal Lecter, recently remade as Red Dragon, i also think that there's a lot to be said about the time/year that a film comes out, as in a cinematic experience that is new and kind of blows you away, Goodfellas is nearly 20 years old and at that time seemed easily accessible and hugely popular with a lot of people, portraying that sense of doomed and misguided loyalty, random violence, and it's inexorable conclusion, a life tied to the mob, death,or in some federal program or prison. Hugely enjoyable though and an alternative to New Jack City and a step up from The Godfather. People hailed The Departed recently as a great film, which it is, but i saw it years ago in it's original form, and at the time it impressed me more than it's remake did.
  12. Brian Cox's HTC is far superior to Hopkin's version. 8)
  13. Yup, and he had black hair too!
  14. It's a brilliant book, hope the film is as good, if it ever gets made.

    Don Winslow also wrote a great book called "The power of the dog" which is one of the best books i've ever read.
    I'd recommend it to anyone.