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Helen
Art Lund ...
McKinney
D'Urville Martin ...
Reverend Rufus
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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 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>

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


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7 February 1973 (USA)  »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

When the police officer follows Tommy across the street after he leaves Tiffany's, a passenger in a truck in the background can be seen waving frantically at the camera. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Gibbs: You can sleep until noon, if you want anything, just press a button.
Mama Gibbs: Me? Live in this apartment? Why they'd hang me right off that terrace, Jew folks ain't even allowed here.
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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: The Cell (2011) See more »

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White Lightning (I Mean Moonshine)
Written by James Brown and 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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