American Gangster: Drug-kingpin Frank Lucas smuggles heroin into the US by hiding it with the bodies of soldiers killed during battle in Vietnam. By delivering a product that is far superior to his competitors Lucas has rapidly established his status as Harlem's most innovative drug dealer. While Lucas delicately constructs his own criminal empire Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) one of the few honest detectives in a corrupt system senses a sizeable shift within the hierarchy of the drug underworld and sets out to investigate this hitherto unknown power player that has... come out of the shadows to dominate the drug trade. But with Detective Trupo (Josh Brolin) Roberts' crooked and jealous colleague wanting to obstruct and ruin the integrity of his idealistic counterpart Roberts is left with little option other than to take desperate measures to end Lucas' rule in Harlem. Layer Cake: Daniel Craig plays a successful cocaine dealer who has earned a respected place among England's Mafia elite and plans an early retirement from the business. However big boss Jimmy Price (Cranham) hands down a tough assignment: find Charlotte Ryder the missing rich princess daughter of Jimmy's old pal Edward (Gambon) a powerful construction business player and gossip papers socialite. Complicating matters are two million pounds' worth of Grade A ecstacy a brutal neo-Nazi sect and a whole series of double crossings. [show more]
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Double-bill of gangster films. In 'American Gangster' (2007), when his boss dies, underworld driver Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) seizes his chance and begins to build his own criminal empire. Utilising the bodies of dead US soldiers, Lucas begins importing heroin direct from South-East Asia, increasing purity on the street, and undercutting his rivals in one swoop. Before long he's amassed a fortune, bringing him to the attention of maverick policeman Ritchie Roberts (Russell Crowe), an honest cop in an otherwise corrupt force, who makes it his business to shut Lucas down. In 'Layer Cake' (2004), 'X' (Daniel Craig) is a successful, smooth-talking cocaine dealer - respected among London's crime elite - whose plan is to bankroll enough cash to make an early retirement from 'business' and lead a quiet, crime-free life. He sees the opportunity to make a final score when big crime boss Jimmy Price (Kenneth Cranham) asks him to track down Charlotte Ryder (Nathalie Lunghi), the wayward daughter of his old friend Eddie (Michael Gambon). But complicating matters are two million pounds' worth of Grade A drugs, a neo-Nazi sect and endless 'layers' of deals and double-deals...