Gangs of New York (2002)
Director: Martin Scorsese
It's 1863. America was born in the streets. Amsterdam Vallon (Leonardo DiCaprio) returns to the Five Points of America to seek vengeance against the psychotic gangland kingpin, Bill the Butcher (Daniel Day-Lewis), who murdered his father (Liam Neeson) years earlier. With an eager pickpocket (Cameron Diaz) by his side and a whole new army, Vallon fights his way to seek vengeance on the Butcher and restore peace in the area.
- Daniel Day-Lewis [Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting]
- Lawrence Gilliard Jr. [Jimmy Spoils]
- Brendan Gleeson [Walter 'Monk' McGinn]
- Stephen Graham [Shang]
- Gary Lewis [McGloin]
- Bronco McLoughlin [Assassin]
- Liam Neeson ['Priest' Vallon]
- John C. Reilly [Happy Jack]
- Henry Thomas [Johnny Sirocco]
- The original budget was $83 million.
- It is the only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year that did not win any Academy Awards.
- The scenes where Bill the Butcher taps his glass eye and where he yells, "Whoopsie daisy!" during the knife-throwing act were both ad-libbed.
- Daniel Day-Lewis became so uncomfortable with the greasy hairstyle he wore as Bill the Butcher that he shaved his head immediately after filming completed.
- Leonardo DiCaprio accidentally broke Daniel Day-Lewis' nose while filming a fight scene. Day-Lewis continued to film the scene despite the injury.
- John C. Reilly was unsure about participating in the film when offered, but at the persuasion of friend and director Paul Thomas Anderson, a fan of Martin Scorsese himself, insisted to Reilly that he take the role. Reilly would later work again with Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio again in The Aviator (2004).