Top 10 American Gangster Movie Facts

Following is our collection of American Gangster facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of American Gangster film message.

Whenever Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) pours out a lot of sugar, it's a signal to his bodyguard to keep a closer eye on him.
Whenever Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) pours out a lot of sugar, it's a signal to his bodyguard to keep a closer eye on him.
In "American Gangster" (set in the early 70s), there's a billboard for 'www.carpetetc.biz'
In "American Gangster" (set in the early 70s), there's a billboard for 'www.carpetetc.biz'

American Gangster Trivia

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  1. 'Roman J. Israel, Esq.' combines the afro hair of 'He got game', the 'Malcom X' speech, the headphones of 'Book of Eli', the suit and way of walking of 'American Gangster'

American Gangster Hidden Details

1 - At the start of the film, Bumpy says to Frank that people "pushing all the middlemen out and buying direct from the manufacturer" is killing his business. Ironically Frank decides to cut out the middle men and buy straight from the supplier killing business like Bumpy's.
At the start of the film, Bumpy says to Frank that people "pushing all the middlemen out and buying direct from the manufacturer" is killing his business. Ironically Frank decides to cut out the middle men and buy straight from the supplier killing business like Bumpy's.

Drug cop Moses Jones has an anachronistic Wu-Tang Clan tattoo with "RZA" in the centre instead of "Wu-Tang". Moses Jones is played by RZA, the de facto leader of the Wu-Tang Clan.

In a previous scene Frank Lucas told his brother "the loudest one in the room is the weakest one in the room." Frank ignored his own advice which is how he started to get investigated when he wore the loud fur coat to the boxing match.

1 - Ginger(Casino) and Frank(American Gangster) both have the same Chinchilla fur coat. Funny enough the two scenes that follow also prove critical to the movies key points(ginger taking the money from the safety deposit box and Frank getting identified by the cops)
Ginger(Casino) and Frank(American Gangster) both have the same Chinchilla fur coat. Funny enough the two scenes that follow also prove critical to the movies key points(ginger taking the money from the safety deposit box and Frank getting identified by the cops)
1 - And the scene where Richie Robins (Russel Crowe) is chasing down his money I recognized something.
And the scene where Richie Robins (Russel Crowe) is chasing down his money I recognized something.
1 - I attended a car show yesterday and came upon the owner and he gave me this card and told us his car was in the movie American Gangster.
I attended a car show yesterday and came upon the owner and he gave me this card and told us his car was in the movie American Gangster.
American Gangster poster
American Gangster poster

American Gangster Plot

An outcast New York City cop is charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, whose real life inspired this partly biographical film.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of American Gangster. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director Ridley Scott
Stars Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin
IMDB score 7.8