The Guy Fisher Story: A New York Dealer DVD

The Guy Fisher Story: A New York drug dealer

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The final title in the trilogy “Vicious Circle” focuses on the relationship between Guy Fisher an Nicky Barnes, the two most notorious drug figures in the New York drug trade.

Fisher the former owner of the world famous Apollo Theater, and Barnes, named “Mr. Untouchable” by the NY Times, were at once friends, competitors, and allies in the struggle to control the lions share of America’s heroin trade. After years of circumventing the law, Barnes was eventually arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment, without the eligibility of parole. Interestingly, the prosecutor in the case was the soon to be mayor of NYC, Rudolph Giuliani. Eleven months after his incarceration, in exchange for a reduction in his sentence, Barnes telephoned Federal prosecutors indicating that he would agree to become a government informant in their case against Guy Fisher and a number of other people. This testimony was all the state needed to put Fisher away for the rest of his life.

Guy Fisher is presently serving 25 years to life in a Federal Penitentiary with the possibility of Parole.

Another Review

Guy Fisher’s story is one of drugs, intrigue, murder and betrayal–fodder for a cinematic crime thriller, but it all actually happened. The owner of Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater in the ’70s, Fisher was one of the two top heroin dealers in New York. The other was Leroy (Nicky) Barnes, deemed “Mr. Untouchable” by the NEW YORK TIMES. The complex relationship the two kingpins shared is the subject of this documentary. Friends, rivals, and allies, these two formidable figures of the underworld were feared by their underlings as well as by the law, who eventually mounted an all-out effort to convict Barnes. When they finally managed to put Barnes behind bars, he was sentence to life imprisonment without parole, with future mayor Rudolph Giuliani acting as prosecutor in the case. In prison Barnes learned of the shenanigans going on in his absence–his gang members were sleeping with his wife and girlfriend, and doing drugs in front of his daughters–and he agreed to become an informant. Barnes was a key figure in putting some of the most notorious gangsters of the time behind bars–including Guy Fisher.

DVD Release Date: June 21, 2005
Running Time: 45 minutes

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