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16 May 1974 (Sweden) See more »
They said it would take an army to get the mob out of Harlem. This is the army! This is Gordon's war!
Four Vietnam Vets go to war against the drug dealers and pimps of Harlem. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Paul Winfield and three other Nam veterans launch a private war against dope in Harlem See more (11 total) »


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Paul Winfield ... Gordon Hudson
Carl Lee ... Bee Bishop

David Downing ... Otis Russell

Tony King ... Roy Green
Gilbert Lewis ... Spanish Harry
Carl Gordon ... Luther the Pimp
Nathan C. Heard ... Big Pink

Grace Jones ... Mary
Jackie Page ... Bedroom Girl
Chuck Bergansky ... Caucasian Killer (as Charles Bergansky)
Adam Wade ... Hustler

Hansford Rowe ... Dog Salesman
Warren Taurien ... Goose
Ralph Wilcox ... Black Hit Man
David Connell ... Hotel Proprieter
Rochelle LeNoir ... Gordon's Wife (as Richelle LeNoir)
Michael Galloway ... Gray-Haired Executive
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beverly Goodman ... Girl in Audience (uncredited)
Charles McGregor ... Jim - Drug Dealer on Subway Station Platform (uncredited)
John Henry Redwood ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Ossie Davis 
Writing credits
Howard Friedlander (written by) and
Ed Spielman (written by)

Produced by
Robert Schaffel .... producer (as Robert L. Schaffel)
Edgar J. Scherick .... executive producer
Original Music by
Angelo Badalamenti  (as Andy Badale)
Al Elias 
Cinematography by
Victor J. Kemper (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Eric Albertson 
Casting by
Sylvia Fay 
Art Direction by
Perry Watkins 
Set Decoration by
Robert Drumheller 
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone 
Makeup Department
Scott Cunningham .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Max Henriquez .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Esmeralda Sanchez .... makeup trainee (uncredited)
Production Management
Ira Loonstein .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Neil A. Machlis .... second assistant director (as Neil Machlis)
Dwight Williams .... assistant director
Kirby De Villier .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Laurie B. Eichengreen .... assistant director trainee (uncredited)
Art Department
Thomas Saccio .... property master
Harold Farrington .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Carlos Quiles .... head carpenter (uncredited)
Kenneth Weinberg .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Al Gramaglia .... sound re-recordist
Lee Bost .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Fred James .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Robert Rogow .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Tony Parmelee .... special effects (uncredited)
Cliff Wenger .... special effects (uncredited)
Everett Creach .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
James P. Dolan .... gaffer (as James Dolan)
James Finnerty .... key grip
Lew Barrett .... still photographer (uncredited)
Jack Brown .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ronald Dolan .... best boy (uncredited)
Edward Gold .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ed Larkin .... grip (uncredited)
Keith Wilson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Newman .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Lyn Griffith .... apprentice film editor
Patrick McMahon .... assistant film editor
Location Management
George Hx Hudson .... location consultant
Music Department
Horace Ott .... conductor
Horace Ott .... music arranger
Transportation Department
Edward J. Gildea Sr. .... driver (uncredited)
Raymond Hartwick .... teamster captain (uncredited)
Edward Iacobelli .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Horace Balmer .... technical advisor
Joseph DeCosta .... technical advisor
Julia Tucker .... script supervisor
Grace Blake .... production secretary (uncredited)
Barbara De Fina .... production office coordinator (uncredited)
Joe Ray .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Ed Rich .... location auditor (uncredited)
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90 min | Germany:85 min
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Director Ossie Davis let the actors choose their own wardrobes.See more »
Continuity: The final chase sequence is filmed on both sunny and overcast days.See more »
[You guys have seen it, one junkie will bring down everyone around him, he'll steal his mother's rent, sell his sister's ass and spend the cancer to little kids. The pusher and the junkie are an invading army and they've turned Harlem into a battlefield, well OK, we've been in a war before, now the only ones who can make a difference are men like us and we're gonna do this just like we did it in the 'Nam because if we don't do it, we're gonna lose a whole generation of kids to dope. Now, I want you to find an old abandoned building and set up a command post. Next, I want every piece of military equipment you can lay your hands on, we've been trained under fire, yeah it's a shitty business but we're experts. We're gonna use all the tools of the trade, we're gonna drive those bastards out!] See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in And Now My Love (1974)See more »
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Paul Winfield and three other Nam veterans launch a private war against dope in Harlem, 17 April 2014
Author: msroz from United States

The 70s brought in new creative stories using the events of the times, greater lawlessness, veterans, frustrated police, ineffective police, greater use of drugs and societies that seemed to be falling apart. In Italy, this sparked poliziotteschi movies. In America came gritty crime stories (and 70s style noir) and these were part of the black-dominated stories, set in black areas and providing work for many fine black actors and actresses who didn't have movie work and roles of this kind in earlier decades. The outpouring of creativity was amazing, laying the groundwork for superstars of the future like Samuel L. Jackson and Morgan Freeman.

Paul Winfield, a fine actor, had been doing TV work mainly before "Sounder" and "Gordon's War". The younger Tony King had begun in "Shaft". Gilbert Lewis was recognizable from "Cotton Comes to Harlem" and "Across 110th Street". This movie assembled a very good cast.

The location shoot in Harlem is an essential ingredient in making this film work. The feel of the streets, shops, people, cars, bars, abandoned buildings, rundown apartments and ramshackle appearances bolsters the movie greatly.

There is a chase scene, car following motorcycle, that ranks among the very best of any movie anywhere, including those in poliziotteschis. That alone makes the movie.

All of the above make the movie above average. What brings it back to average is the story and script. The story is heavy on action, but has not enough continuity and buildups of action, suspense, emotion and aftermath. The multi-talented Ossie Davis directs competently and does what he can, but the script is too often mundane or lacking in sharpness. The individual characters are not fully brought into focus as individual persons. I blame the two writers, Howard Friedlander and Ed Spielman, for the result that the film, while okay, does not rise higher. The idea of it had greater potential. The execution by the cast and crew lifted it, but they couldn't rise beyond the story and script.

I like the movie and recommend it. But do not expect too much from it.

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