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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Complete credited cast:
Julius Harris ...
Papa Gibbs (as Julius W. Harris)
Helen Bradley
Sister Jennifer
D'Urville Martin ...
Reverend Rufus
Tony King ...
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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Black Godfather is back...and there's gonna be Hell up in Harlem. See more »


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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 »


On the DVD release, at least on the English mono track. one scene at the mansion massacre features more gunfire instead of the women screaming. See more »


Featured in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »


Ain't It Hell up in Harlem?
Written by Freddie Perren and Fonce Mizell
Performed by Edwin Starr
courtesy of Motown Records Corp.
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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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