King of New York (1990)

Not everyone who runs a city is elected.

Blu-ray, 1h 43min
Rating: 7
Votes: 29350
Languages: English
Country: Italy, USA
Director: Abel Ferrara
Music: Joe Delia

Plot outline

A drug kingpin is released from prison and seeks to take total control of the criminal underworld in order to give back to the community.

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Plots

A drug kingpin is released from prison and seeks to take total control of the criminal underworld in order to give back to the community. - Will S

After completing a lengthy prison sentence, one-time drug kingpin Frank White returns to New York intent on reestablishing his empire and making things as they were before he left. Others of course have taken over the business during his absence but that clearly isn't going to stop White. While he is gunning down the opposition, he decides he's going to give away the money he'll make to modernize the hospital in his old neighborhood. Drug dealers aren't the only thing he has to worry about however: a group of rogue cops decide they are going to take him down. - garykmcd

When the drug kingpin Frank White is released from the prison, his gang under the command of his henchman Jimmy Jump and he murder the competition. Frank and his girlfriend Counsellor Jennifer frequent political parties and he decides to modernize the hospital of his old neighborhood using part of his profits dealing drugs. But the rogue cops under the leadership of Dennis Gilley and Thomas Flanigan decide to eliminate Frank White and his gang simulating an attack by a rival gang despite the protest of their leader, Detective Roy Bishop. - Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A former drug lord returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition and distribute the profits of his operations to the city's poor in this stylish and ultraviolent modern twist on Robin Hood. - Keith Loh

Drug lord Frank White is released from Sing-Sing prison after serving a number of years for drug trafficking. He is reunited with his former gang, led by the murderous Jimmy Jump, as well as his personal female bodyguards Raye and Melanie, and his lover/legal annalist Jennifer. After seeing his old neighborhood more dilapidated and depressing than ever, Frank decides to do good by eliminating his competitors whom filled the void left by his incarceration, then steal their money and drugs to finance a new South Bronx hospital for the needy. But Frank's past won't let go of him when a group of overzealous cops, led by corrupt detective Roy Bishop, frustrated at the lack of clues to nail Frank on for the current street killings, decide to take matters into their own hands. - Matt Patay