In this historical drama, directed by Martin Scorsese, DiCaprio plays Amsterdam Vallon, a young Irish immigrant released from prison. He returns to the Five Points seeking revenge against William Cutting, his father’s killer and a powerful anti-immigrant gang leader. He knows that revenge can only be attained by infiltrating Cutting’s inner circle. Amsterdam’s journey becomes a fight for personal survival and to find a place for the Irish people in 1860’s New York. Co-starring Cameron Diaz and Daniel Day-Lewis.
It was a unique time in history. A part of our history I never learned about. America was saying, bring us your hungry, bring us your poor, and then they were persecuted.