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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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Harlem shakedown - vigilante style 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
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
George Hx Hudson .... location consultant
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
Color (TVC)
Aspect Ratio:
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All the locations for this movie were actual existing practical locations.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Spanish Harry is riding the motorcycle being chased by Gordon and he cuts through the park, it cuts to Spanish Harry's point of view and you can clearly see the shadow of the camera mounted to the motorcycle.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 »
Come On and Dream Some ParadiseSee more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Harlem shakedown - vigilante style, 21 January 2008
Author: mike dewey from canton, ohio

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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