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>
Hail Caesar, Godfather of Harlem...The Cat with the .45-Caliber Claws!
Did You Know?
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
You can sleep until noon, if you want anything, just press a button.
Me? Live in this apartment? Why they'd hang me right off that terrace, Jew folks ain't even allowed here.
Referenced in Missing Reel: Blaxploitation
Written by James Brown
and Fred Wesley
Performed by James Brown See more