American Gangster

American Gangster quotes

49 total quotes (ID: 28)

Det. Richie Roberts
Elwsorth "Bumpy" Johnson
Frank Lucas
Multiple Characters


Brand names mean something, Nicky. Consumers rely on them to know what they're getting. They know the company isn't going to try to fool them with an inferior product. They buy a Ford, they know they're gonna get a Ford. Not a ****in' Datsun. Blue Magic is a brand name; as much a brand name as Pepsi. I own it. I stand behind it. I guarantee it and people know that even if they don't know me any more than they know the chairman of General Foods.


Cattano: Success. It's got enemies. You can be successful and have enemies or you can be unsuccessful and have friends.

Cattano: Monopolies are illegal in this country, Frank, because no one can compete with a monopoly. If they let the dairy farmers do that, half of them would go out of business tomorrow.
Frank: 'm just trying to make a living.
Cattano: Which is your right. Because this is America. But not at the unreasonable expense of others. That's un-American. You know the price you pay for a gallon of milk doesn't represent its true cost of production. It's controlled. Set.
Frank: I set a price I think is fair.
Cattano: It's very unfair, in fact. Your customers are happy, but what about your fellow dairy farmers? You're not thinking of them.
Frank: 'm thinking of them as much as they ever thought of me.

Trupo: When's the last time I was in Jersey? Let me think. Never. What're you doing coming over here without letting anybody know? You don't know you can get hurt doing that? You got your money. Now, never, ever, come into the city again unannounced. You come in to see a ****in Broadway show you call ahead first to see if it's okay with me.

Cattano: I always wonder if people know when history's being made. And what they're doing at the time. This, for instance, could be a historic moment, and you're sipping a glass of ice water.

Laurie:What are you saying? That because you were "honest" and didn't take money like every other cop, I left you? You don't take money for one reason: to buy being dishonest about everything else. And that's worse than taking money nobody gives a shit about - drug money, gambling money nobody's gonna miss. 'd rather you took it and been honest with me. Or don't take it, I don't care. But don't then go cheat on me. Don't cheat on your kid by never being around. Don't go out and get laid by your snitches and secretaries and strippers. I can tell just by looking, she's one of them. You think you're going to heaven because your "honest." You're not. You're going to the same hell as the crooked cops you can't stand.

Eva: Why would you trust these people, the way they look at you?
Frank: They look at me like it's Christmas and 'm Santa Claus.

Chinese General: How would you get it into the States?
Frank: What do you care?
Chinese General: Who do you work for in there?
Frank: What do you care?
Chinese General: Who are you really?
Frank: It says right there. Frank Lucas.
Chinese General: I mean, who you represent?
Frank: Me.

The man I worked for ran one of the biggest companies in New York City for almost fifty years. I was with him every day for fifteen of them, looking after him, taking care of things, protecting him, learning from him. Bumpy was rich, but never white man rich. Why? Because he didn't own the company. He thought he did. He didn't. He only managed it. Someone else owned it. So they owned him. Nobody owns me. Because I own my company. And my company sells a product that's better than the competition's at a price that's lower.

What matters in business is honesty, integrity, hard work, loyalty, and never forgetting where you came from. You are what you are and that's one of two things. You're nothing ... or you're something. Understand what 'm saying?

Tango: What're you going to do, boy? Shoot me in broad daylight? In front of everyone?

Banker: You got a stockbroker, Frank?
Frank: I deal with enough crooks as it is.

US Attorney: No ****ing nigger has accomplished what the American Mafia hasn't in a hundred years!

Rivera: 'm a leper. Because I listened to you and turned in a million ****ing dollars. You know who'll work with me after that? Same as you. No one.

It's chaos. Every gorilla for himself.