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Gordon's War (1973)

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Four Vietnam Vets go to war against the drug dealers and pimps of Harlem.

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Gordon Hudson
Carl Lee ...
Bee Bishop
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Otis Russell
Tony King ...
Roy Green
Gilbert Lewis ...
Spanish Harry
Carl Gordon ...
Luther the Pimp
Nathan C. Heard ...
Big Pink
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Mary
Jackie Page ...
Bedroom Girl
Chuck Bergansky ...
Caucasian Killer (as Charles Bergansky)
Adam Wade ...
Hustler
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Dog Salesman
Warren Taurien ...
Goose
Ralph Wilcox ...
Black Hit Man
David Connell ...
Hotel Proprieter
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A black soldier comes home to Harlem after a tour in Vietnam and discovers that his wife had become a heroin addict and died of an overdose. Infuriated, he gathers three of his ex-GI buddies and they lay out plans to fight the drug dealers. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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They said it would take an army to get the mob out of Harlem. This is the army! This is Gordon's war!

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16 May 1974 (Sweden)  »

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A Guerra de um Homem  »

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This film was done with no second unit. See more »

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Gordon's U.S. Army uniform has no name tag, no combat patch on his right shoulder, and his beret is tilted to the wrong side. See more »

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Referenced in And Now My Love (1974) See more »

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Come on and Dream Some Paradise
Sung by New Birth
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Harlem shakedown - vigilante style
21 January 2008 | by (canton, ohio) – See all my reviews

This is by no means another cookie-cutter 70's Black crime drama: Paul W. and his band of Vietnam War Vets have come back to Harlem to try to eradicate the pimps and pushers who are sowing the seeds of devastation in their community. What is significant to me is the well orchestrated and articulated courses of action that they employ to achieve their goals. Gordon (Paul W.), the leader, demands discipline and dedication from his fellow Vet brothers to carry out the difficult tasks at hand and they in turn fulfill those demands by utilizing their own special skill sets in their own individual fashion. Note the technical skills used to set up command headquarters liaison and communication and also the street skills used in flushing out the dope den by "fakin' the funk" to simulate rat poison dope cutting.

The film moves along at a brisk pace, by not overindulging in extreme doses of gratuitous violence and wasted motion. The progression of events is shown in a logical and entertaining fashion, thanks to the directorial skills of Ossie Davis and by injecting "New Birth" cuts into the soundtrack.

Even though this is purportedly a Black film set in Harlem, you don't see any extreme cases of race badgering and "Honkey" this and that name calling. These brothers depicted here have returned to put out any and all hoodlums involved in the Harlem crime scene, whether it's Spanish Harry and his boys in the 'hood or the fat cat suppliers up the ladder in downtown Manhattan. To Gordon and his men, you mess around, you lay around! Even though this film is now 35 years old, the principles are still as applicable to today's problems as they were to the problems back in the day.


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