Denzil Washington Collection - (Import DVD)
The Taking of Pelham 123 / American Gangster / Inside Man / The Bone Collector / Philadelphia / Glory
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Six films starring Denzel Washington. Tony Scott directs 'The Taking of Pelham 123' (2009), a remake of the 1974 crime thriller which starred Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw. Washington takes over Matthau's role as Lieutenant Garber, a dispatcher for the New York City Transit Police who finds himself in a face-off with criminal mastermind Ryder (John Travolta, in the role originally played by Shaw) after an armed gang hijacks a subway train and takes its passengers hostage, threatening to start executing them one-by-one if they are not paid a hefty ransom within the space of one hour. Tony's brother Ridley Scott directs 'American Gangster' (2007), a biopic of 1970s Harlem drug baron Frank Lucas. When his boss dies, underworld driver Frank Lucas (Washington) seizes his chance and begins to build his own criminal empire. Utilising the bodies of dead US soldiers, Lucas begins importing heroin direct from South-East Asia, increasing purity on the street, and undercutting his rivals in one swoop. Before long he's amassed a fortune, bringing him to the attention of maverick policeman Ritchie Roberts (Russell Crowe), an honest cop in an otherwise corrupt force, who makes it his business to shut Lucas down. Spike Lee directs the crime thriller 'Inside Man' (2006) in which Washington plays tough cop Keith Frazier, who finds himself drawn into a tense hostage situation when a bank heist planned by master criminal Dalton Russell (Clive Owen) goes drastically wrong. Trying to negotiate the release of the hostages, Frazier begins to realise that something isn't quite right with the whole setup, and when enigmatic Madeline White (Jodie Foster) arrives on the scene, he realises that he's stumbled onto something a lot bigger. Willem Dafoe and Christopher Plummer co-star. In 'The Bone Collector' (1999), when street cop Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie) discovers a hideously mutilated corpse, her superiors call on forensics expert Lincoln Rhymes (Washington) to investigate. Paralysed after an injury sustained in the line of duty, the case gives Rhymes a new lease of life, but he needs a reluctant Donaghy to do the legwork for him if he is to stop the murderer from striking again. Tom Hanks' Oscar-winning performance as a gay man dying of AIDS in Jonathan Demme's big-budget, all-star drama 'Philadelphia' (1993) brought the modern disease to mainstream Hollywood. Hanks plays Andrew Beckett, a lawyer who is fired when his boss discovers that he has AIDS. He then engages the services of homophobic lawyer Joe Miller (Washington) to take his company to court. Set during the American Civil War, 'Glory' sees Colonel Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick), a white northern officer, being given the unpopular job of leading the first all-black unit: the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts. The company, which includes Emerson scholar Searles (Andre Braugher), gravedigger Rawlins (Morgan Freeman) and runaway slave Trip (Washington), are treated as inferiors by the white enlistees and other officers. When the unit is offered less than standard pay, Shaw supports them in their refusal to accept on principal. The 54th go on to prove themselves in the field of battle, making a suicidal attempt to penetrate Fort Wagner in South Carolina.
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