Gangs of New York (2002)
Various US gold and silver coins from the 1860's
The 2002 Miramax film "Gangs of New York" is set in early 1860's New York City
during the American Civil War.
Protestant Americans and Irish Catholic immigrants.
In 1846 Irish boy Amsterdam Vallon is around six years old.
2. Priest Vallon pins medal on son Amsterdam
Amsterdam's father Priest Vallon gives him a religious medal of St. Michael vanquishing Satan.
3. The medal, St. Michael vanquishes Satan
Priest is the leader of a group of Irish immigrants and they are going to fight a group of native-born
Americans for control of the Five Points area.
The boy is sent to an orphanage/reform school and is discharged 16 years later in 1862.
4. Amsterdam as adult leaving reform school
The American Civil War is raging and New York City has pro-Union and pro-Confederacy groups.
5. Pro-Lincoln advertisement in 1862
Bill Cutting is still a gang leader but has become "respectable" and decides to enter politics.
6. Bill Cutting enters politics
Bill goes to see William "Boss" Tweed, the head of the Democratic Party or "Tammany Hall"
7. Boss Tweed in his office
Bill arranges to get votes for Boss Tweed.
8. The Five Points area
The Five Points area in lower New York is the poorest part of the city and located near the waterfront.
9. Jenny Everdeane
Jenny is a pickpocket and sometimes impersonates a maid to enter wealthy houses and steal goods.
She is much admired for refusing to sell her body.
10. Playing early board game for money
Some Liberty Seated silver dollars are shown.
11. Bill and friends play cards
Bill and some friends play cards, this time Whist not Poker.
12. Money on the table
The coins appear to be Liberty Seated dollars and quarters (25¢)
man he killed many years before.
Bill sends Amsterdam and some men to rob a ship in the harbor.
They find a dead policeman and Bill finds a way to dispose of the body and make some money.
13. Amsterdam sells something
Amsterdam sells the body to a medical researcher as a "body-snatcher".
14. Payment in hand
The coins appear to be Liberty Seated dollars and a Liberty Head five-dollar gold coin.
and drops a dime in front of a well-dressed man.
15. Dime on the floor
The dime appears to be a Liberty Seated dime (10¢).
Jenny engages the man in conversation while she robs him.
Jenny has several stolen medals and invites him to pick his out.
16. Amsterdam retrieves his medal
Things are becoming more violent in New York in July 1863.
The Union has instituted a military draft and there is a lot of local resistance.
The city is full of ethnic and racial groups who don't get along.
They agree not to use guns but knives and other weapons are all right.
17. The Natives line up
Bill Cutting is at the head of this group.
18. The Irish line up
Amsterdam has left Bill's employ and is with the Irish.
19. The Five Points area
Riots sweep the city, the rioters burn buildings and attack wealthy houses and offices, including
those of Boss Tweed.
20. Boss Tweed in his office with medals on the table
Tweed is ready for attacks and there are a pair of large medals on a desk behind him.
21. Wild times in New York
The two gangs converge for their fight, soldiers are brought in to stop the riots, and warships shell the city.
22. Revenge at last
Jenny shows up and she and Amsterdam walk away.
Leonardo DiCaprio as Amsterdam Vallon
Daniel Day-Lewis as Bill Cutting
Cameron Diaz as Jenny Everdeane
Jim Broadbent as William 'Boss' Tweed
Writers: Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian, Kenneth Lonergan