Directed by Abel Ferrara • 1990 • United States
Starring Christopher Walken, Laurence Fishburne, David Caruso
Renegade director Abel Ferrara—working in collaboration with his regular screenwriter Nicholas St. John—brings his murky moral worldview and eye for pulp imagery to this kinetic, stylishly sleazy gangster saga. Christopher Walken delivers a bravura performance as Frank White, a ruthless New York City drug lord who sets out to regain his territory when he’s released from prison, with the intention of giving away the money he makes to the poor. First, however, he’ll have to deal with the myriad gangsters and cops who stand in his way.