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“Book Vs Movie” American Gangster

 

Book Vs Movie

The Return of Superfly Vs American Gangster 

The 2000 New York magazine article from Mark Jacobson Vs the 2007 Ridley Scott Film

The Margos are heading back to NYC in the gritty 1970s talking about the New York magazine article The Return of Superfly by Mark Jacobson which appeared in their August 14, 2000 issue and was immediately bought as a film property for Imagine Entertainment/Universal Pictures. It took seven years and went through many different hands before Ridley Scott filmed the 2007 movie starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe

The story focuses on a heroin dealer from North Carolina (Frank Lucas/Washington) who came to Harlem in the late 1960s and became a million-dollar dealer/drug kingpin taking over 118th Street & 8th Avenue for years before being caught by an undercover team of “not-on-the-take” Newark police headed up by Richie Roberts (Crowe.) 

When Roberts is not investigating Lucas, he is studying to be a lawyer and dealing with a stressful divorce and child custody issue. 

Lucas inherited the territory from noted Harlem gangster Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson after his death and used the Viet Nam War to his advantage to get 100% pure heroin that sold on the streets as “Blue Magic.” Thousands become addicted to it and Lucas is now the drug king of New York City. 

What makes this episode extra special is that we interview Erin Hennicke of the Best Neighbors Podcast (Margo D. co-hosts that show!)  Erin was the person who bought the rights to the article for Universal in 2000 and talks about the long journey to the Ridley Scott film. She also talks about the whole process of getting books and magazine articles to screen and offers advice to potential writers out there. 

This is an extra special episode and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Between the article and film–which did the Margos like better? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The story behind the New York article 
  • The journey between different actors and directors attached to the project
  • How crafty Frank Lucas was in transporting the drugs straight from Bangcock, Thailand and the multiples of people he was forced to pay off
  • How a chinchilla coat broke his “cover”
  • The really bad makeup job done on actor Joe Morton!
  • The cast which includes: Denzel Washington (Frank Lucas,) Russell Crowe (Richie Roberts,) Chiwetel Ejiofor (Huey Lucas,) Josh Brolin (Detective Trupo,) Lymari Nadal (Eva,) Ted Levine (Lou Toback,) Ruby Dee (Mama Lucas,) Carla Gugino (Laurie Roberts,) Cuba Gooding Jr (Nicky Barnes,) Clarence Williams III (“Bumpy” Johnson,) Armande Assante (Dominic Cattano,) RZA (Moses Jones,) Common (Turner Lucas,) Joe Morton (Charlie Williams,) and Idris Elba (Tango.) 

Clips Featured:

  • American Gangster trailer
  • Frank & his mother argue
  • Frank takes out Tango
  • Music by Anthony Hamilton Do You Feel Me

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Book Vs Movie “Saturday Night Fever”

 

Book Vs Movie 

Saturday Night Fever

Based on a short story in New York magazine, the 1977 movie is dissected in this special episode 

The Margos are suffering from a case of “Night Fever” and the only sure is taking a deep dive into one of the most successful films of the 1970s–Saturday Night Fever. The film was directed by John Badham and stars John Travolta in his first Academy-Award nominated performance as an actor. 

The idea for the film comes from an article from New York magazine in 1976 “Tribal Rights of the New Saturday Night” by reporter Nik Cohn. At the time, Cohn said it was based on a real group of people from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. In fact, it turns out he pretty much made up the whole thing. The story of “Vincent” a teenage dance phenom who is just trying to earn and living and forget about living in a working-class neighborhood caught the eyes of Hollywood and a screenplay was created as a starring vehicle for Travolta who was seen by millions every week on the ABC-TV hit sitcom Welcome Back Kotter.

Badham inherited the movie two weeks filming was supposed to start without film locations set and without the role of Stephanie filled. We have so much behind the scenes gossip and trivia here to talk about in addition to the fabulous soundtrack! (The Bee Gees at their finest!) 

Between the article and film–which did the Margos like better? (Is it even going to be close?) 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • How Nik Cohn came to writing the article for New York magazine
  • How the film overcame so many obstacles to become a classic 
  • How the dancing was received 
  • The incredible music! 
  • The cast which includes: John Travolta (Tony Monero,) Karen Lynn Gorney (Stephanie,) Barry Miller (Bobby C.,) Joseph Cali (Joey,) Paul Pape (Double J,) Donna Pescow (Annette,) Martin Skakar (Frank Jr.,) and Fran Drescher (Connie.)

Clips Featured:

  • Saturday Night Fever trailer
  • Tony and his family “You Hit My Hair’
  • Tony’s brother leaves the priesthood
  • Fran Drescher’s film debut
  • Tony and Connie on the dance floor
  • Outro music: “You Should Be Dancing” The Bee Gees (from the movie scene)

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