7.6/10
36
3 user 5 critic

Book of Numbers (1973)

Two waiters in Depression-era Arkansas get involved in the numbers racket.

Writers:

(novel),
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Bogard (1974)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

To make money, a Los Angeles street-fighter goes to work for gangsters.

Directors: Timothy Galfas, Richard Kaye
Stars: Richard Lawson, Annazette Chase, Philip Michael Thomas
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 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
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Sequel to Cotton comes to Harlem. Another bad influence is hitting Harlem and Gravedigger and Coffin Ed are the two cops who will stop it. Charleston Blue was a prohibition era black ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Warren
Stars: Godfrey Cambridge, Raymond St. Jacques, Peter De Anda
Youngblood (1978)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A gang war/drug story set in a Los Angeles ghetto about the coming of age of a 15-year-old black youth. In HD.

Director: Noel Nosseck
Stars: Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Bryan O'Dell, Renn Woods
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

An African-American scientist develops a formula to regenerate dying liver cells, but it has the unfortunate after-effect of turning him into an albino vampire with a mania for killing ... See full summary »

Director: William Crain
Stars: Bernie Casey, Rosalind Cash, Marie O'Henry
'Sheba, Baby' (1975)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A Chicago private detective returns back home to Louisville, Kentucky, to help her father fight mobsters.

Director: William Girdler
Stars: Pam Grier, Austin Stoker, D'Urville Martin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An adventurous couple of hitchhikers decides to accept every ride that is offered to them. no matter how odd the driver might be. They'll get more than they bargained for.

Director: Quentin Masters
Stars: Michael Burns, Meg Foster, Marianna Hill
Rivals (1972)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Scott Jacoby, as a boy with an unhealthy and pathological attachment to his divorced mother, becomes increasingly jealous of the new man in his mother's life (Robert Klein). After his ... See full summary »

Director: Krishna Shah
Stars: Joan Hackett, Robert Klein, Scott Jacoby
Velvet Smooth (1976)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

The female head of a detective agency is hired by a crime lord to figure out who's taking his action.

Director: Michael Fink
Stars: Johnnie Hill, Owen Watson, Emerson Boozer
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A black man plays Uncle Tom in order to gain access to CIA training, then uses that knowledge to plot a new American Revolution.

Director: Ivan Dixon
Stars: Lawrence Cook, Janet League, Paula Kelly
Sunflower (1970)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An Italian woman conducts a desperate search for her husband, a soldier considered missing in action in Russia - like fifty thousand others during WWII.

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Lyudmila Saveleva
Adventure | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Sunset Boulevard is a lucrative place to work for the Black Baron, a pimp with a distinctive red and yellow Rolls Royce and plenty of girls on his books. He don't take no mess from his ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Cimber
Stars: John Daniels, Eli Haines, Tom Hankason
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Raymond St. Jacques ...
Blueboy Harris
...
Dave Green
Freda Payne ...
Kelly Simms
Hope Clarke ...
Pigmeat Goins
Gilbert Green
Frank DeSal ...
(as Frank De Sal)
Sterling St. Jacques ...
Kid Flick
D'Urville Martin ...
Billy Bowlegs
Willie Washinton Jr. ...
Makepeace Johnson
Doug Finell ...
Eggy
Willie Washington Jr. ...
Makepeace Johnson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Junebug
...
David Magnuson ...
Hoodlum #2
...
Baliff (as Dan Owens)
Edit

Storyline

Two waiters in Depression-era Arkansas get involved in the numbers racket.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Black King of the Numbers Game See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 January 1979 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Blueboy & Companhia Lda.  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Irma P. Hall. Director Raymond St. Jacques saw her speak at a poetry reading. He hired her to do publicity for the film, but was so impressed by her that he gave her a small role. Hall was a schoolteacher who had never acted before. See more »

Connections

Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 5 (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm So Glad
Music and Lyrics by Al Schackman
Performed by Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Barbara Massey and Pat Kessee
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Young PMT in a classic blaxploitation film
7 October 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Philip Michael Thomas has probably only been seen by most audiences in the MIAMI VICE television series, the quintessential action TV show of the 80's. But prior to MIAMI VICE PMT was seen in quite a number of blaxploitation films in the 1970's. BOOK OF NUMBERS is nearly impossible to find but it's one of the best blaxploitation films from the 70's that I've seen and it's one of PMT's best early roles. The film is no holds barred in its depiction of African-American life in the 30's in the South and the language and violence is fairly intense. It's got great atmosphere, an interesting plot and lots of attitude (but when you're fighting the KKK anything goes!) If you enjoy these kinds of films I'd definitely recommend this one, and especially if you enjoy PMT's acting in MIAMI VICE, you'll love him in this.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Book of Numbers Score dahlia-guy
Discuss Book of Numbers (1973) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?