Factual error: In one scene where Bill is in the Mayor's office, the mayor is sitting behind his desk and holding a bunch of papers, and on the upper right hand corner of the papers is a paper clip. Paperclips were not invented until 1899. (00:21:15)
Amsterdam gets to be best friends with The Butcher who had earlier killed Amsterdam's father, until The Butcher realises Amsterdam is the Priest's son. There is then a big riot between the rival sides with Amsterdam leading his father's gang. Amsterdam kills The Butcher, who is then buried next to The Priest (Amsterdam's father), because Amsterdam knew of the respect that the Butcher had for The Priest.
Boss Tweed: The appearance of law must be upheld, especially when it's being broken.
Trivia: When Jenny is at the upper-class home disguising herself as a maid to burglarize it, look at the man (the home's owner) at the head of the table during dinner. This is Martin Scorsese, the director of the film.
Question: Can someone please explain to me why the audience and Amsterdam are supposed to hate Butcher so much and think he's a loathesome person? He killed Vallon during a fight, fair and square, and was nothing but respectful to his dead enemy. He almost seemed to have regretted killing Vallon. He didn't act like a worse scum than anyone else until quite a while into the film.
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