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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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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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Black Caesar Part II  »

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Trivia

The minute Black Caesar (1973) showed signs of being a box office hit, American International Pictures head Samuel Z. Arkoff contacted writer-director Larry Cohen and instructed him to get on with a sequel immediately. See more »

Goofs

When Tommy stabs Palermo with an umbrella at Coney Island, the next shot featuring the squib/wound is clearly animated. See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Don't It Feel Good to Be Free
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Written by Freddie Perren and Fonce Mizell
Performed by Edwin Starr
courtesy of Motown Records Corp.
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"He's a candy ass."
28 June 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Sequel to Black Caesar, written and directed by Larry Cohen, has the Harlem gangster (Fred Williamson) taking on the mafia, the cops, and a traitor within his own organization. It's an enjoyable enough blaxploitation flick but not as good as Black Caesar. There's a lot of action and some of it is pretty chuckleworthy. The scene where the black gangsters attack the mob and make two of their bosses eat soul food is particularly amusing.

It was obviously a rushed production. If you're looking for tight continuity, look elsewhere. They change the ending to the last film entirely, as well as other plot elements. Still, Williamson is good. Sexy Gloria Hendry returns and there's some new eye candy from Margaret Avery. It's missing a great soundtrack like the best blaxploitation films had. Edwin Starr's songs aren't that hot. Apparently James Brown's music was rejected by Cohen. The same music that would go on to be the great Brown record "The Payback." Bad move, Larry.


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