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Hell Up in Harlem (1973)

A gangster in Harlem must rescue his ex-wife, who has been kidnapped by the Mafia.

Director:

Larry Cohen

Writer:

Larry Cohen
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Williamson ... Tommy Gibbs
Julius Harris ... Papa Gibbs (as Julius W. Harris)
Gloria Hendry ... Helen Bradley
Margaret Avery ... Sister Jennifer
D'Urville Martin ... Reverend Rufus
Tony King ... Zach
Gerald Gordon ... Mr. DiAngelo
Bobby Ramsen Bobby Ramsen ... Joe Frankfurter
James Dixon ... Irish
Esther Sutherland Esther Sutherland ... The Cook
Charles MacGuire Charles MacGuire ... Hap
Mindi Miller ... Tough Bikini Woman
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Storyline

Tommy comes from a forced rest period due to injuries suffered in Harlem's gang warfare. With the help of his girl, he will reorganize his gang, and overcome his rival gang leaders, through extreme acts of violence and death. Written by Artemis-9

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Black Caesar Gibbs has the Mafia on the run, the man on the lam and he's taking over the town. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Caesar Part II See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Larry Cohen now admits that the film was woefully underprepared. See more »

Goofs

When Tommy stabs Palermo with an umbrella at Coney Island, the next shot featuring the squib/wound is clearly animated. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Gibbs: [as he is hanging DiAngelo with his own tie] Know what I'm gonna do, huh?... Figure it out, DiAngelo, figure it out... I'm gonna send you to wap heaven... I'm gonna make you famous, DiAngelo... YOU'RE GONNA BE THE FIRST WHITEY EVER HUNG BY A NIGGER!
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Alternate Versions

An altered audio goof on the MGM DVD, but not the VHS release, occurs in one scene during the ambush in the beach house. Instead of hearing the women screaming, you hear additional gunshots, instead. The current Blu-ray from Olive Films corrects this mistake. See more »

Connections

Featured in Adam & Yves (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Mama Should Be Here Too
(uncredited)
Written by Freddie Perren and Fonce Mizell
Performed by Edwin Starr
courtesy of Motown Records Corp.
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You never know whose doing up your socks and underwear.
24 July 2010 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

70s action and a blaxploitation classic with Fred Williamson (The Inglorious Bastards - 1978, MASH) as Black Caesar leading the way backed up by the luscious Gloria Hendry.

Lots of shoot-em-up action as the black gangsters take on the Mafia and the crooked cops that support them.

Things settle down, Black Caesar moves to LA, and comes back with a vengeance when his pops is killed. Cute scene where Mafia in park dies with hot dogs in their mouths.

The dialog and story wasn't the greatest, but if you are looking for righteous action, you've come to the right place.


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