Gangs of New York
Source: Catholic News Service
Brutal historical drama set in 1863 New York City where the vengeance-fueled son (Leonardo DiCaprio) of a slain Irish immigrant gang leader befriends his father's murderer (Daniel Day-Lewis) while secretly plotting to kill him and unite the immigrant gangs to overthrow their native rivals and the corrupt politicians backing them. As directed by Martin Scorsese, the Civil War historical context gets short shrift compared to the relentlessly indulgent focus on personal and mob violence. Excessive graphic violence linked to religious zeal, a sexual encounter, extended bordello nudity, brief drug abuse, racial epithets, intermittent rough language and recurring profanity. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.
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