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American Gangster/Gladiator/State of Play (2009)

Region: (unknown)
UPC/Barcode: 5050582792799
Released: 20th September 2010
Release type: Retail / Rental
No. of Discs: (unknown)
Catalogue No: 8279279
Category: Feature, Thriller
Format: DVD / Box Set
American Gangster/Gladiator/State of Play (2009) (Box Set) (Retail / Rental)


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Film information

Story: Triple bill of films starring Russell Crowe. 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 in Harlem. 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 (Crowe), an honest cop in an otherwise corrupt force, who makes it his business to shut Lucas down. In Ridley Scott's Oscar-winning take on the Roman epic, 'Gladiator' (2000), after the death of Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris), Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) betrays the Emperor's beloved General Maximus (Crowe) and takes the throne for himself. Maximus is sold as a slave and then trained as a gladiator, keeping himself strong with thoughts of revenge. Eventually he is taken to the Colosseum, where he prepares to fight in a contest presided over by the corrupt Commodus. Will he suffer the ultimate humiliation and die for the entertainment of his enemy or will he survive the rigors of the arena and find a way of exacting his revenge? Finally, 'State of Play' (2009) is a political thriller based on the acclaimed 2003 BBC mini-series. With the action transposed from Westminster to Washington, the film follows the investigations of journalist Cal McAffrey (Crowe) as he probes into the suspicious death of the mistress and former research assistant of ambitious up-and-coming Congressman and potential presidential candidate Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck). As he works alongside the police on the case, McAffrey becomes romantically involved with the Congressman's estranged wife, Anne (Robin Wright Penn).

Starring: Russell Crowe, Denzel Washington, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin, Lymari Nadal, Ted Levine, Roger Guenveur Smith, John Hawkes, RZA, Yul Vazquez, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright Penn, Jason Bateman, Viola Davis, Katy Mixon, Harry Lennix, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeff Daniels, Connie Nielsen, Helen Mirren, Derek Jacobi, Maria Thayer, Djimon Hounsou, Richard Harris, Oliver Reed, David Schofield, David Hemmings, Tomas Arana, Tommy Flanagan

Directed by: Kevin MacDonald, Ridley Scott

Music by: Alex Heffes, Hans Zimmer, Lisa Gerrard, Marc Streitenfeld

Produced by: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Andrew Hauptman, David Franzoni, Douglas Wick, Branko Lustig, Brian Grazer, Ridley Scott

Written by: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Tony Gilroy, Billy Ray, David Franzoni, John Logan, William Nicholson, Steven Zaillian

DVD information

Studio/distributor: UCA

Other releases of this film

American Gangster/Gladiator/State of Play (2009) (Blu-ray) (Box Set) (Retail Only)