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.
Factual error: In a scene set in 1862 or 1863 Bill the Butcher says: 'An Irishman will do for a nickel what a ****** will do for a dime or a white man for a quarter'. The first nickel 5 cent piece was coined in 1866. At the time of the scene the 5 cent coin was a small silver coin called a half-dime. (01:10:00)
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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