MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,845 this week

Black Caesar (1973)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  7 February 1973 (USA)
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 1,996 users  
Reviews: 34 user | 40 critic

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 »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at IMDb

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 36 titles
created 17 May 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 16 Sep 2011
 
a list of 29 titles
created 10 Mar 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 44 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Black Caesar" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Black Caesar (1973)

Black Caesar (1973) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Black Caesar.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Super Fly (1972)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The daily routine of cocaine dealer Priest who wants to score one more super deal and retire.

Director: Gordon Parks Jr.
Stars: Ron O'Neal, Carl Lee, Sheila Frazier
Truck Turner (1974)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Truck is a bounty hunter who gets a job to track down a guy named Gator. When he and his partner find him, a chase ensues and Gator is killed. This makes Gator's woman, Dorinda, very angry ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Kaplan
Stars: Isaac Hayes, Yaphet Kotto, Alan Weeks
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

During the 1970s, U.S. Special Agent Cleopatra Jones proves to be an invaluable asset to the local police forces in the war on drugs.

Director: Jack Starrett
Stars: Tamara Dobson, Bernie Casey, Brenda Sykes
Bone (1972)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A thief breaks into the home of a wealthy, happily married Beverly Hills couple. He soon finds out, though, that the couple is neither as wealthy as he thought they were and are not as ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Cohen
Stars: Yaphet Kotto, Andrew Duggan, Joyce Van Patten
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The story involves a white supremist plot to taint the United States water supply with a toxin that is harmless to whites but lethal to blacks. The only obstacles that stand in the way of ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Parks Jr.
Stars: Jim Brown, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly
The Mack (1973)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Goldie returns from five years at the state pen and winds up king of the pimping game. Trouble comes in the form of two corrupt white cops and a crime lord who wants him to return to the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Campus
Stars: Max Julien, Don Gordon, Richard Pryor
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

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 »

Director: Ossie Davis
Stars: Godfrey Cambridge, Raymond St. Jacques, Calvin Lockhart
That Man Bolt (1973)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

To take a briefcase from Hong Kong to Mexico City, via Los Angeles, is it necessary to call on that man - Bolt? With the number of dangerous spies and gangsters who are after that briefcase, maybe Jefferson Bolt is not enough.

Directors: Henry Levin, David Lowell Rich
Stars: Fred Williamson, Byron Webster, Miko Mayama
Bucktown (1975)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Duke Johnson visits a small Southern town, intent on burying his brother. After the funeral, he learns that he must stay for 60 days, for the estate to be processed. A few locals convince ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Marks
Stars: Fred Williamson, Pam Grier, Thalmus Rasulala
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

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

Director: Larry Cohen
Stars: Fred Williamson, Julius Harris, Gloria Hendry
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Marvin Bookman is a small shop owner in Gary, Indiana, USA. After he sees a drive-by shooting of Laurie Thompson's son by a local gang, he gives up the license number of the car to the ... See full summary »

Directors: Larry Cohen, Fred Williamson
Stars: Fred Williamson, Jim Brown, Pam Grier
Hammer (1972)
Crime | Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A dock worker becomes a prizefighter, but gets mixed up with a crooked manager. A sympathetic L.A. detective tries to set him straight, but he won't listen. His manager, who is also a drug ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce D. Clark
Stars: Fred Williamson, Bernie Hamilton, Vonetta McGee
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
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
...
Cardoza
Patrick McAllister ...
Grossfield
...
Crawdaddy
Myrna Hansen ...
Virginia Coleman
Omer Jeffrey ...
Tommy as a Boy
Michael Jeffrey ...
Joe as a Boy
Edit

Storyline

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 New York City's Harlem. 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

power | criminal | gang war | mob | mafia | See All (114) »

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 February 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black Caesar - Il Padrino nero  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Originally offered to Sammy Davis Jr., who turned it down. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end, when Tommy leaves the building, the elevator door closes though his leg is in the doorway. See more »

Quotes

Reverend Rufus: Mama! Does Tommy know you're here?
Mama Gibbs: Pray for him, Rufus... you were always a good boy, pray for him.
Reverend Rufus: Okay Mama, we'll pray for him.
See more »

Connections

Featured in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Down and Out in New York City
Written by Bodie Chandler & Barry De Vorzon (as Barry DeVorzon)
Performed by James Brown
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Cohen Does Blaxploitation
5 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tommy Gibbs (Fred Williamson) 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.

Whether you want to call this a blaxploitation film or not is up to you. Fred Williamson was the master of the genre and the master of the 1970s, and he dominates this picture as Caesar. The action never stops for this smooth pimp.

I especially love that Larry Cohen was the writer, producer and director. First of all, because Cohen is one of the greatest creators of quirky films in cult history. But also because Cohen is pretty much the whitest guy you will ever meet.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
were the kids white? nnazem
The Ending Stephanie_Mosley
When your down and out in New YORK CITY... mondo-
Trailer music Starship386
Fred is so hot! showgurls
Edited music... 5thcord
Discuss Black Caesar (1973) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?