Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Favorite Movie Tuesday

*Sorry...I actually wrote this post yesterday but never posted it because I fell asleep as soon as I got home (at 6pm). Still feeling like I got hit by a train but my nose is temporarily allowing me to breathe so I'm happy*

After about a two years of not seeing this movie I re-watched it over the weekend & I' so glad I did because it reminded me of just how awesome it is.

This weeks' movie pick is:

This movie premiered in 2002 but of course I didn't see it until about 2007 with Rusty. I remember we were at Blockbuster & he had been telling me about what a good movie it was & we should watch it so finally I told him to just grab it, might as well just watch it & make him happy, right. Well, I was wrong about this movie, just like so many before it.

This movie has since been one of favorites. It has everything..suspense, a love story, drama, action, & fighting.

As I've mentioned before, I'm a huge Martin Scorsese & Leonardo DiCaprio fan but I never thought much of Daniel Day-Lewis. Well, not until this movie anyway. I cant believe how well he payed the villain. Cameron Diaz stars in this movie as well & she did a decent job at playing a serious role, I was pleasantly surprised by how well she did.

I believe the movie is a few minutes shy of being 3 hours & I'm not gonna lie, it can get slow at some points, but the story in it's entirety is great. While watching the movie all I wanted to do is hate 'The Butcher' (Daniel Day-Lewis) for his racist/discriminating way but I couldn't. He believed in something that was long gone & a new America was being born whether he liked it or not. I pitied him. I also felt sorry for Amsterdam (Leonardo DiCaprio), who actually begins to like & accept 'The Butcher' when he's taken under his wing. He's torn between having a new life & getting revenge for what was done to his father so many years ago. Over all I think it's a great movie for anyone who likes history and enjoys a good old revenge movie. If you liked The Count of Monte Christo you'll like this one, however this one has a little more blood & fighting but I don't really see how that could be a bad thing.

Movie trailer:

Movie Synopsis:
Having seen his father killed in a major gang fight in New York, young Amsterdam Vallon is spirited away for his own safety. Some years later, he returns to the scene of his father's death, the notorious Five Points district in New York. It's 1863 and lower Manhattan is run by gangs, the most powerful of which is the Natives, headed by Bill "The Butcher" Cutting. He believes that America should belong to native-born Americans and opposes the waves of immigrants, mostly Irish, entering the city. It's also the time of the Civil War and forced conscription leads to the worst riots in US history. Amid the violence and corruption, young Vallon tries to establish himself in the area and also seek revenge over his father's death.

Movie trivia:
  • The draft riots depicted in the film are largely accurate, but the real-life Bill "The Butcher" Poole (the basis for Daniel Day-Lewis' character) was killed several years before the riots took place.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio accidentally broke Daniel Day-Lewis' nose while filming a fight scene. Day-Lewis continued to film the scene despite the injury.
  • Daniel Day-Lewis said in an interview that he listened to the music of Eminem to prepare for his role.
  • Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio both took salary reductions to preserve the budget.
  • The original cut of the film ran an hour longer.
  • When Boss Tweed considers being with a prostitute, Bill The Butcher warns Tweed that she's been "frenchified". Frenchified was an 18th century term for venereal disease.
  • Martin Scorsese got interested in the project in the early 1970s after he read the book while house-sitting on Long Island one New Year's Eve.
  • Martin Scorsese hired "The Magician", an Italian man famous for a 30-year career as a pickpocket, to teach Cameron Diaz about the art of picking pockets.
  • The name has a second meaning rooted in Irish American vernacular 1857. The word "Rabbit" is the phonetic corruption of the Irish word ráibéad, meaning "man to be feared". "Dead" is a slang intensifier meaning "very." "Dead Ráibéad" means a man to be greatly feared.
  • Due to the shortage of English speaking actors in Italy, some of the extras were U.S. Air Force personnel from the 31st Fighter Wing, stationed at nearby Aviano Air Base.
  • Priest's murder was originally much more violent. During the opening battle, just before Bill stabs Priest Valon, an axe severs his left arm at the elbow, then Bill hacks him limb from limb. The shot of the arm being severed is still in the film moments before Bill yells for Priest to turn around.
  • Bill's last words, "I die a true American", were the last words of his true-life counterpart, Bill Poole.


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