A gangster in Harlem must rescue his ex-wife, who has been kidnapped by the Mafia.

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Papa Gibbs (as Julius W. Harris)
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Helen Bradley
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Sister Jennifer
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Reverend Rufus
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Zach
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Mr. DiAngelo
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Joe Frankfurter
James Dixon ...
Irish
Esther Sutherland ...
The Cook
Charles MacGuire ...
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Tough Bikini Woman
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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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December 1973 (USA)  »

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Black Caesar Part II  »

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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 »

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 »

Connections

Featured in TCM Underground: Black Caesar/Hell Up in Harlem (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Like We Used to Do
(uncredited)
Written by Freddie Perren and Fonce Mizell
Performed by Edwin Starr
courtesy of Motown Records Corp.
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Even more black coolness!
9 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

Another kick ass blaxploitation classic, director Larry Cohen really knows his stuff! "Hell Up in Harlem" features even more action than it´s great predecessor "Black Caesar" does! It´s a fast-paced crime story about the rise and fall of an Afro American godfather and everybody who loves such blaxploitations goodies like "Dolemite", "Blacula" or "Foxy Brown" should give it a look! Once more, main actor is the ultimate coolness and it´s no wonder why Quentin Tarantino digged him out for his funny "From Dusk Till Dawn" movie. Unfortunately, they don´t make stuff like this anymore! Movies like "Dead Presidents" or "New Jack City" are nothing else but failed attempts to exhume the blaxploitation genre! Better watch the originals again, they are da real deal!


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