For some reason I got to thinking about Abel Ferrara’s best film King of New York (1990) this afternoon. The film beautifully frames the dirty streets of NYC, and has Laurence Fishburne playing one of the most truly menacing and memorable gangsters of recent film, Jimmy Jump. And when I think of King of New York, I think of two very specific scenes (so today’s Scenic is a twofer).
The first is when Jimmy Jump and Test Tube (played by none other than Steve Buscemi) take out King Tito during a drug deal in an airport hotel room. The other features Jimmy Jump obnoxiously ordering food in a dirty NYC Chinese joint right before he is arrested for the murder of King Tito. This scene has one of the most memorable lines from film during the 90s: “I don’t leave no witnesses.” Brilliant!
Warning: Be prepared for all kinds of bad language and violence, this is Abel Ferrara after all, and enjoy!
“I don’t leave no witnesses”