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Gangs of New York is a 2002 American epic period drama film directed by Martin Scorsese set in the mid 19th century in the Five Points district of New York City the screenplay is by Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian and Kenneth Lonergan it was inspired by Herbert Asbury's 1928 non fiction book The Gangs of New York it was made in Cinecittà Rome distributed by Miramax Films and nominated for numerous awards including the Academy Award for Best Picture among nine other Oscar nominations.


In the slum neighborhood of Five Points Manhattan in 1846 two gangs have engaged in a final battle or challenge in Paradise Square over who holds sway over the Five Points these two factions involved in this event are the nativist, Protestant Natives led by William Bill the Butcher Cutting and the Irish Catholic group of immigrants the Dead Rabbits led by Priest Vallon at the end of this battle Bill kills Vallon and declares the Dead Rabbits outlawed.


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