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:
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 »


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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?


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 »


Tommy's dialogue in the cab sequence doesn't match his lips because all of the dialogue was recorded in a studio in Hollywood. See more »


References Come Back, Charleston Blue (1972) See more »


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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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