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Hell Up in Harlem (1973)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  December 1973 (USA)
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A gangster in Harlem must rescue his ex-wife, who has been kidnapped by the Mafia.

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Julius Harris ...
Papa Gibbs (as Julius W. Harris)
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Helen Bradley
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Sister Jennifer
D'Urville Martin ...
Reverend Rufus
Tony King ...
Zach
Gerald Gordon ...
Mr. DiAngelo
Bobby Ramsen ...
Joe Frankfurter
James Dixon ...
Irish
Esther Sutherland ...
The Cook
Charles MacGuire ...
Hap
Ty Randolph ...
Tough Bikini Woman (as Mindi Miller)
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Tommy comes from a forced rest period due to injuries suffered in Harlem's gang warfare. With the help of his girl, he will reorganize his gang, and overcome his rival gang leaders, through extreme acts of violence and death. Written by Artemis-9

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Black Godfather is back...and there's gonna be Hell up in Harlem. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Black Caesar Part II  »

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Due to the success of Black Caesar (1973), AIP wanted a sequel. Unfortunately, Fred Williamson was filming That Man Bolt (1973) during the week from Monday to Friday, and director Larry Cohen was busy making It's Alive (1974), but they made this sequel concurrently by filming the majority of it on weekends. See more »

Goofs

When Gibbs is fighting another man on the baggage carousel at the airport, people can be seen running away as a voice on the intercom begins calling for security. A gun is pulled as the two men fight up the luggage ramp to the loading area, where Gibbs shoots the man and he falls onto the luggage carrier. When he slides back down onto the carousel, not only are there no bullet hole or blood anywhere on the dead man, but all the people are back to standing around waiting for their luggage, and don't seem the least bit bothered by the fact that gunshots have been going off, or that a dead man is mixed in with their luggage. In fact, one man completely ignores the body once he recognizes his suitcase and steps out from behind the barrier to retrieve it. See more »

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Follows Black Caesar (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Like We Used to Do
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Written by Freddie Perren and Fonce Mizell
Performed by Edwin Starr
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Great 70s Action Flick
14 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film might not be as popular as its predecessor "Black Caesar," but "Hell Up in Harlem" is far more explosive. This movie was my introduction to Fred "the Hammer" Williamson, and it's one of his best movies. Not much of a story, but the action level is awesome. Plus, this movie is far less preachy and depressing than "Black Caesar." Great supporting roles played by Durville Martin and Julius Harris, and a cool theme song by Edwin "War" Starr. Action highlights include the opening chase scene (which pretty much disregards the first film's bleak conclusion), the island shootout and of course the hard to believe NYC to L.A. chase! If you're new to the Hammer, start with this movie. It's definitely his best.


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