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Hell Up in Harlem (1973)

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




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Complete credited cast:
Papa Gibbs (as Julius W. Harris)
Helen Bradley
Sister Jennifer
D'Urville Martin ...
Reverend Rufus
Gerald Gordon ...
Mr. DiAngelo
Bobby Ramsen ...
Joe Frankfurter
James Dixon ...
Esther Sutherland ...
The Cook
Charles MacGuire ...
Tough Bikini Woman


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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He may never get to heaven, but he's raisin' Hell up in Harlem. See more »


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

December 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black Caesar Part II  »

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Sound Mix:

(Ryder Sound Services)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Brown was originally slated to do the music after his work on Black Caesar (1973) was so well received, but Larry Cohen rejected the music Brown recorded. Subsequently, the music was done by Motown artist Edwin Starr and Brown's rejected music was used for the album, "The Payback". See more »


After Tommy locks the dead guy in the airplane bathroom. He notices the guy's shoes on the floor and tosses them aside. According to Larry Cohen on the DVD commentary, the guy playing the killer was actually a friend of one of the crew members. Fred Williamson actually knocked the guy out of his shoes before he tumbles over a chair. See more »


Papa Gibbs: [to Zach] You need a whooping, Boy!
Zach: Boy?... Where you see a boy?
Papa Gibbs: And I'm gonna do it with these own two hands!
Zach: Old man gonna whoop my ass?
[Papa and Zach have it out with each other]
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Featured in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »


Easin' In
Written by Freddie Perren and Fonce Mizell
Performed by Edwin Starr
courtesy of Motown Records Corp.
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You never know whose doing up your socks and underwear.
24 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

70s action and a blaxploitation classic with Fred Williamson (The Inglorious Bastards - 1978, MASH) as Black Caesar leading the way backed up by the luscious Gloria Hendry.

Lots of shoot-em-up action as the black gangsters take on the Mafia and the crooked cops that support them.

Things settle down, Black Caesar moves to LA, and comes back with a vengeance when his pops is killed. Cute scene where Mafia in park dies with hot dogs in their mouths.

The dialog and story wasn't the greatest, but if you are looking for righteous action, you've come to the right place.

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