You still used something called a token to ride the subway. Kool and the Gang’s “Celebration” pounded out of boomboxes. Coffee cost 50 cents, and came in a blue cup decorated with Greek columns.
“A Most Violent Year” is set at that time in New York’s life, the winter of `81, and the struggles of one man to not let the dirt he has to walk through get on his trouser cuffs. Because even more than his nice clothes and manners, Abel prides himself on his honesty.