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Black Caesar (1973)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  7 February 1973 (USA)
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Tommy Gibbs is a tough kid, raised in the ghetto, who aspires to be a kingpin criminal. As a young boy, his leg is broken by a bad cop on the take, during a payoff gone bad. Nursing his ... See full summary »

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Helen
Art Lund ...
McKinney
D'Urville Martin ...
Reverend Rufus
Julius Harris ...
Mr. Gibbs (as Julius W. Harris)
Minnie Gentry ...
Momma Gibbs
Philip Roye ...
Joe Washington
William Wellman Jr. ...
Alfred Coleman
James Dixon ...
Bryant
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Cardoza
Patrick McAllister ...
Grossfield
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Crawdaddy
Myrna Hansen ...
Virginia Coleman
Omer Jeffrey ...
Tommy as a Boy
Michael Jeffrey ...
Joe as a Boy
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Tommy Gibbs is a tough kid, raised in the ghetto, who aspires to be a kingpin criminal. As a young boy, his leg is broken by a bad cop on the take, during a payoff gone bad. Nursing his vengeance, he rises to power in Harlem, New York. Angry at the racist society around him, both criminal and straight, he sees the acquisition of power as the solution to his rage. He performs a free-lance hit on a Mob contract to attract the attention of the head of a Mafia family. Reluctantly accepted into 'The Family,' he grows increasingly autonomous and aggressive, eventually starting a gang war. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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power | criminal | gang war | mob | mafia | See more »

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Hail Caesar, Godfather of Harlem...The Cat with the .45-Caliber Claws!


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Black Caesar - Il Padrino nero  »

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Trivia

Cameo: Andrew Duggan as 'man at shoeshine.' See more »

Goofs

Tommy cuts off the left ear of the man in the barber's chair, but the ear he drops into the plate of spaghetti is a right ear. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Gibbs: [at Mama's funeral] I gave her everything she wanted, Rufus, but she still wasn't ever happy.
Reverend Rufus: You know, I almost feel like I could pray for her.
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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The Boss
Composed by Charles Bobbitt, James Brown, Fred Wesley
Performed by James Brown
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Black coolness!
3 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

Larry Cohen´s "Black Caesar" is next to the amazing "Foxy Brown" one of my absolute favorite Blaxploitation movies! It´s full of heavy gun violence, cynical humor and Fred Williamson in the lead is probably the coolest male Afro American actor of the 1970s! Take also note of the funky disco soundtrack by the Godfather of Soul James Brown! Will catch the indirect sequel "Hell Up in Harlem" soon, so watch out for my upcoming review!


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