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Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)

R | | Action, Comedy | 27 May 1970 (USA)
Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson are two black cops with a reputation for breaking the odd head. Both are annoyed at the success of the Reverend Deke O'Mailey who is selling trips ... See full summary »

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Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson are two black cops with a reputation for breaking the odd head. Both are annoyed at the success of the Reverend Deke O'Mailey who is selling trips back to Africa to the poor on the installment plan. When his truck is hijacked and a bale of cotton stuffed with money is lost in the chase, Harlem is turned upside down by Gravedigger and Coffin Ed, the Reverend, and the hijackers. Much of the humor is urban black, which was unusual in 1970. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Introducing COFFIN ED and GRAVEDIGGER, two detectives only a mother could love.

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Action | Comedy

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27 May 1970 (USA)  »

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Algodón en Harlem  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Released the same day as Watermelon Man (1970), which also starred Godfrey Cambridge. See more »

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When Jarema puts on the paper bag, there is only one hole cut out - for his nose. Moments later, when he runs out into the hall, the bag now has eyeholes as well. See more »

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[Starts handling his revolver]
Bryce: Say, do you have to play with that thing?
Gravedigger Jones: I'm insecure, Captain.
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Referenced in Missing Reel: Blaxploitation (2014) See more »

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Salvation
Music by Galt MacDermot
Lyrics by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Sung by Melba Moore
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The beginning of the blaxploitation genre
13 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

One of the most influential pictures ever to shoot onto the screen, "Cotton Comes To Harlem" spawned the beginning of the blaxploitation action boom in 1970 by delivering a refreshingly different detective action yarn with a lot of humor,a lot of hard-hitting drama with a lot of black soul(It was know as SOULPOWER!). An unbeatable mix of fastpaced adventure and sheer comic having spiced with spectacular shootouts and chases with a lot of fast talking and tough repartee with solid performances by Godfrey Cambridge,Raymond St. Jacques and Calvin Lockhart no to mention to comedic timing of Redd Foxx. This picture became a milestone for a genre of action movies that would remain throughout the rest of that decade(including its sequel "Come Back Charleston Blue" two years later).


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