Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States. Based on a true story.

  1. Mark Jacobson


  2. Steven Zaillian


  3. Ridley Scott


Top Billed Cast

  1. Denzel Washington

    Denzel Washington

    Frank Lucas

  2. Russell Crowe

    Russell Crowe

    Richie Roberts

  3. Chiwetel Ejiofor

    Chiwetel Ejiofor

    Huey Lucas

  4. Josh Brolin

    Josh Brolin

    Detective Trupo

  5. Lymari Nadal

    Lymari Nadal


Full Cast & Crew

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Status Released

Release Information

  • November 2, 2007


    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

  • February 19, 2008


    No rating information.

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 37m

Budget $100,000,000.00

Revenue $266,465,037.00



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