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Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 317 Ratings

Summary: Nobody used to notice Frank Lucas, the quiet driver for one of the inner city's leading black crime bosses. But when his boss suddenly dies, Frank exploits the opening in the power structure to build his own empire and create his own version of the American Dream. Through ingenuity and a strict business ethic, he comes to rule the inner-city drug trade and floods the streets with a purer product at a better price. Lucas outplays all of the leading crime syndicates and becomes not only one of the city's mainline corrupters, but part of its circle of legit civic superstars. Richie Roberts is an outcast cop close enough to the streets to feel a shift of control in the drug underworld. Roberts believes someone is climbing the rungs above the known Mafia families and starts to suspect that a black power player has come from nowhere to dominate the scene. Both Lucas and Roberts share a rigorous ethical code that sets them apart from their own colleagues, which makes them lone figures on opposite sides of the law. The destinies of these two men will become intertwined as they approach a confrontation in which only one of them can come out on top. (Universal)
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Runtime: 157 min
Rating: Rated R for violence, pervasive drug content and language, nudity and sexuality.
Production: Universal Pictures
Genres: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Language: English
Home Release Date: Feb 19, 2008
Director Credit
Ridley Scott Director
Writer Credit
Mark Jacobson Article "The Return Of Superfly"
Steven Zaillian Written By
Principal Cast Credit
Denzel Washington Frank Lucas
Russell Crowe Richie Roberts
Cast Credit
Carla Gugino Laurie Roberts
Chiwetel Ejiofor Huey Lucas
John Hawkes Freddie Spearman
Josh Brolin Detective Trupo
Lymari Nadal Eva
Malcolm Goodwin Jimmy Zee
Roger Guenveur Smith Nate
Ruben Santiago-Hudson Doc
Ruby Dee Mama Lucas
Skyler Fortgang Michael Roberts
Ted Levine Lou Toback
The RZA Moses Jones
Yul Vazquez Alfonso Abruzzo
Producer Credit
Branko Lustig Executive Producer
Brian Grazer Producer
James Whitaker Executive Producer
Jonathan Filley Co-Producer
Michael Costigan Executive Producer
Nicholas Pileggi Executive Producer
Ridley Scott Producer
Sarah Bowen Co-Producer
Steven Zaillian Executive Producer
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