Picture Manhattan in 1860, a time before the city had been dolled up and gotten ready for the silver screen, before the glamour and allure took over. Amsterdam Vallan (DiCaprio) is a young Irish man that migrates to the USA at a young age. Amsterdam’s story takes place in Five Points District of New York, a filthy and dangerous part of the city before it was deleted form history. As a young boy Vallan witnessed his father’s murder at the hand of William Cutting or Bill the Butcher (Day-Lewis) during one of their many gang wars. As Amsterdam’s story progresses along side The Butcher they become inseparable, but Amsterdam had ulterior motive.
In New York five families reigned supreme: the Gambino, Lucchese, Genovese, Bonanno and Colombo families. They “generated a toxic effect on the lives of all New Yorkers and untold millions of Americans...” (Raab). The Gambino Crime Family, the most powerful of the five, sank it tentacles into virtually every aspect of American life from its beginning during... ... middle of paper ... ... stamps many corrupt OPA officials started selling them in bulk to the gangsters. Gambino realized that just buying them from the officials was much safer than robbing safes and began distributing the illegal rations through his old bootlegging channels. Cosa Nostra informer said that Gambino often collected over $1 million on a single deal alone.
These people were the kingpins of society and they played a huge role in our history. They caused more grief in our country than ever before and Mickey Cohen was one of the worst. Mickey Cohen was one of the most feared and revered gangsters of his time. He was in with the mafia at a very young age and met some very shady people. Even though the big trouble came when he was much older he was always getting into trouble with the law no matter the age.
Born in 1899 in Brooklyn, New York, to poor immigrant parents from Italy, Alphonse Capone, nicknamed “Scarface” due to a youthful fight in which a blade slashed his left cheek, went on to become the most infamous gangster in American history. In 1920 during the height of the Prohibition, Capone’s multi-million dollar Chicago mafia operation known as “The Outfit” specialized in bootlegging, prostitution and gambling dominated the organized crime scene. Capone was originally thought by the public to be a “Robin Hood” type figure but was later seen as an incorrigible menace. He struck fear into the hearts of many, even saying, “You can go a long way with a smile. You can go a lot farther with a smile and a gun.” (Iorizzo 41) Capone was known for taking extreme and cruel measures against his enemies and was responsible for many brutal acts of violence, primarily against other gangsters.
Public Enemies is a 2009 film about notorious mobster, John Dillinger’s life and times. The film was directed by Michael Mann and starred Johnny Depp as John Dillinger and Christian Bale as Melvin Purpose, the FBI’s founding agent. John Dillinger was the twentieth century’s most infamous gangsters. He was popular during the great depression because he was a current day Robin Hood. This was looked up to in a time when the government and banks were the two evil forces.
Al Capone is the single greatest symbol of collapse of law and order in the United States during the Prohibition Era. The act of Prohibition brought power to Al Capone, which he used to expand his organized crime activities into a stranglehold over the city of Chicago. Liquor trade became very profitable during Prohibition, and the struggle for control over the bootleg empire erupted into a full-scale war between rival gangs in Chicago. Capone gradually came to symbolize all the criminal evils of prohibition; to many throughout the world, he became the symbol of a lawless nation#. Publicity grew around the actions of Capone, with accounts of his sordid activities published in newspapers along with his image of power, money, and wickedness#.
From being just the fourth of nine children of poor Italian immigrants to the most merciless mob leader, Alphonse “Scarface” Capone worked his way to the top and ruled as one of the most notorious gangsters to ever live. Al Capone was born on January 17, 1899, in Brooklyn, New York where his parents settled after immigrating from Italy. Just after dropping out of school, during the seventh grade because of a fight he had with his teacher, Capone started his journey to becoming the infamous mob leader he was. At such a young age, he was already out in the streets, completing dangerous tasks given to him by the gang leaders at the time made him become a ruthless person. Due to his involvement in gangs, he got into a fight during his teen years
Alphonse Gabriel Capone was the most notorious bootlegger in American History. He was born on January 17, 1899 and died of a heart attack on January 25, 1947. Capone grew up in Brooklyn and became a member of the Five Points Gang. During a street fight he had received a scar on his face that gave him the nickname “Scarface”. Capone quickly moves up the ranks in the mafia world, often noticed for his toughness, in 1919 he grabbed the attention of mobster John Torrio of Chicago.
In the film, Noah Cross crosses the line time and time again to cover up his crimes. Noah Cross becomes more and more corrupt as he tries to fulfill his goal. Noah Cross is the Chinatown, where corruption thrives and crimes go unpunished. The freedom of crime only fuels the corruption to flourish. Another man with high social class standing, Russ Yelburton, becomes involved in the murder of his boss in order to become the chief engineer of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
America’s criminals mainly arise from pure desperation to provide for others or to survive. These criminals become some of the worst, notorious criminals known to the nation. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, America’s sweethearts, had been affected by many factors leading to their crime spree. The America that Bonnie and Clyde were born into crafted them into the notorious criminals they became, changing the America in which they would die. “Poverty… and crime go together.