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Runtime: 157 min

Genres: Crime | Drama

Languages: English

Countries: USA

Based on the life of drug-kingpin-turned-informant, Frank Lucas, who grew up in segregated North Carolina where he watched as his cousin was shot by the Klan for looking at a white girl. He eventually made his way to Harlem where he became a heroin kingpin by traveling to Asia's Golden Triangle to make connections, shipping heroin back to the US in the coffins of soldiers killed in Vietnam. He soon made upwards of one million dollars a day in drug sales. Lucas was shadowed by lawman, Richie Roberts, who finally helped bring the kingpin to justice. The two then worked together to expose the crooked cops and foreign nationals who made importing heroin so easy.

Directors (1)

Writers (2)

Mark Jacobson (article "The Return of Superfly")
Steven Zaillian (written by)

Composers (1)

Editors (1)

Cinematographers (1)

Actors (164)

Adrian Washington Detective Reynolds (uncredited)
Aija Terauda Nicky's Girl (uncredited)
Al Santos Mechanic (as Alfredo Luis Santos)
Albert Jones Terrence Lucas
Anthony Hamilton Funk Band Singer
Anthony L. Gurino Soldier (uncredited)
Armand Assante Dominic Cattano
Arthur Mercante Referee (as Arthur M. Mercante)
Artie Pasquale Mobster (uncredited)
Atif Lanier Frank Lucas Bodyguard (uncredited)
Bari K. Willerford Joe Louis
Bartolo Raffaele Gangster (uncredited)
Brevard Hudson Lucas - Drug Enforcer
Brian Albanese Spectator (uncredited)
Brigid Turner Wilt Chamberlain's Girl, Waitress (uncredited)
Bryant Pearson Drug Dealer
Carla Gugino Laurie Roberts
Cedric Sanders Serviceman in Cafe
Chance Kelly MP
Chiwetel Ejiofor Huey Lucas
Chris McKinney Reporter on TV
Christopher A. Sawyer Dealer
Chuck Cooper Private Doctor
Clarence Williams III Bumpy Johnson (uncredited)
Clinton Lowe Man Arrested in Elevator
Common Turner Lucas
Conor Romero Tough Teenager
Craig Weintraub MSG Spectator (uncredited)
Cris D'Annunzio Frank McNamara (uncredited)
Cuba Gooding Jr. Nicky Barnes
Dan Moran Army Captain
Daniel Farcher Tough Teenager
Daniel Hilt Tough Teenager
Daniel Nugent Newark Detective (uncredited)
Daniel R Cooper Checker Player (uncredited)
David Spearman Civilian Cleaning Staff
David Wayne Britton Army Colonel
Dawn Douglas Narc Officer (as Dawn A. Douglas)
Denzel Washington Frank Lucas
Dylan Gallagher Casket Loader
Eddie Goines Hallway Guy (uncredited)
Eddie Rouse Detective at Party
Enrique Sebastian Rivas Narc Detective (uncredited)
Ephraim Benton Thug #4 (uncredited)
Eric Silver White Kid
Ernest Dancy Hustler (uncredited)
Evelyn Vaccaro Nicky's Girl (uncredited)
Fab 5 Freddy Smalls Patron
Gavin Grazer Mike Sobota
George Lee Miles Frank's Lawyer
Germir Robinson Elevator Kid with Mom and Sister (uncredited)
Hamilton Clancy Seller
Hristo Hristov Bookie / Soldier (uncredited)
Idris Elba Tango
Ismael Peter Casillas III Baseball Player (uncredited)
J. Kyle Manzay Dexter Lucas
James Hunter Deacon
Jason Furlani Bailiff
Jason Veasey Serviceman in Cafe
Jeff Greene Metal Door Worker
Jeff Mantel Officer Walsh
Jehan-Pierre Vassau Narc Officer
Jerrod Paige Muhammad Ali (uncredited)
Jim R. Coleman Bailiff
Joe James Nicky Barnes Right Hand Man (uncredited)
Joe Morton Charlie Williams
Joey Klein Chemist
John Cenatiempo Cop #1 (uncredited)
John Hawkes Freddie Spearman
John Ortiz Javier J. Rivera
Johnathan Hallgrey Penthouse party guest (uncredited)
Jon DeVries Judge James Racine
Jon Polito Rossi
Jonah Denizard Store Manager
Jonathan Aldridge Spectator (uncredited)
Joseph Ferrante Gangster at Funeral (uncredited)
Josh Brolin Detective Trupo
Julian Walker Smalls Doorman (uncredited)
J.W. Cortes Narc Officer in Hallway (uncredited)
KaDee Strickland Richie's Attorney
Kal Cauthen Resturant Ambassador (uncredited)
Karl Thwaites Street Kid (uncredited)
Kathleen Garrett Mrs. Dominic Cattano
Kevin Corrigan Campizi
Kevin Geer Law School Professor
Kevin Pinassi Building Maintenance Guy (uncredited)
Kevin Van Doorslaer Student (uncredited)
Kirt Harding Drug Dealer
Larry Mitchell FBI Agent
Laurence Lowry Paramedic
Lee Shepard Laurie's Attorney
Linda Powell Social Worker
Lonnie Gaetano Prison Guard
Louis Rosario Teenage Vandal (uncredited)
Lymari Nadal Eva
Malcolm Goodwin Jimmy Zee
Marjorie Johnson Charlene
Mark A. Keeton Rock Star - Ali-Frazier Match (uncredited)
Mark DiConzo Soldier (uncredited)
Maryann Urbano Real Estate Broker (as Mary Ann Urbano)
Maurice Ballard Civilian Cleaning Staff
Mauricio Alexander Cop in Squad Room (uncredited)
Melissia Hill Redtop
Michael Den Dekker Undercover Cop (uncredited)
Michelle Joan Papillion Smalls Patron (uncredited)
Mitchell Green Tango's Bodyguard
Monique Dupree Club Dancer (uncredited)
Myo Campbell Red Carpet Walker (uncredited)
Neville White Deacon
Nicholas Mastromarco Bystander (uncredited)
Nick Poltoranin Mobster (uncredited)
Nino Del Buono Announcer
Norman Reedus Detective in Morgue
Panama Redd Policeman
Paul Doherty TV Newscaster
Paula Rittie Maid of Honor (uncredited)
Philippe Vonlanthen Skeet Shoot Handler (uncredited)
Pierra Francesca Stewardess
Quisha Saunders Darlynn
Racheline Maltese Dying Junkie (uncredited)
Ray Wineteer Photographer (uncredited)
Ric Young Chinese General
Richard Nixon Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ritchie Coster Joey Sadano
Robbie Neigeborn Cop in Narc Headquarters
Robert C. Kirk Police Captain
Robert Funaro McCann
Robert Nicotra Gangster (uncredited)
Robert Wiggins Piano Player
Roger Bart US Attorney
Roger Guenveur Smith Nate
Ron Piretti Judge
Roosevelt Davis Army Captain
Roxanne Amandez Paramedic
Ruben Santiago-Hudson Doc
Ruby Dee Mama Lucas
Russell Crowe Richie Roberts
RZA Moses Jones
Sam Freed Judge
Sarah Hudnut Assistant Prosecutor
Saycon Sengbloh Tango's Woman
Scott Dillin 4th Amigo (as Scotty Dillin)
Sean Ringgold Monster Gunman (uncredited)
Serena Joan Springle The Proctor
Sharlene Falls Club Dancer (uncredited)
Shawn Luckey Nicky Barnes' Guy (uncredited)
Skyler Fortgang Michael Roberts
Steve McAuliff Mounted Policeman
Tacuma Vanterpool Junkie (uncredited)
Tasha Perri Factory Worker (uncredited)
Ted Levine Lou Toback
T.I. Stevie Lucas (as Tip Harris)
Tina Lorraine Harlem Junkie (uncredited)
Tom O'Rourke Banker
Tom Stearns 2-Star General
Tommy Guiffre Medical Examiner
Tyson Hall Drug Dealer
Vincent James Russo Corrupt Undercover Detective (uncredited)
Wanda Ferreiras Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Warner Miller Melvin Lucas
Wilhelm Lewis Head Wedding Photographer
William C. Tate Baptist Minister (as William Tate)
William Hudson Dealer
Yul Vazquez Alfonso Abruzzo