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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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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
Gerald Gordon ...
Mr. DiAngelo
Bobby Ramsen ...
Joe Frankfurter
James Dixon ...
Irish
Esther Sutherland ...
The Cook
Charles MacGuire ...
Hap
Mindi Miller ...
Tough Bikini Woman
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama

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December 1973 (USA)  »

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Black Caesar Part II  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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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Connections

Featured in Adam & Yves (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't It Hell up in Harlem?
(uncredited)
Written by Freddie Perren and Fonce Mizell
Performed by Edwin Starr
courtesy of Motown Records Corp.
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Black Exploitation Classics courtesy of Larry Cohen.
10 February 2005 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Hell Up In Harlem (1973) was a follow up to the classic Black Caesar. Do to the box office success of the former film, the producers wanted another sequel to cash in on the popularity of the first film. So Larry Cohen quickly completed a script that was going to follow the revenge of Tommy Gibbs. This time he's out to get rid of the clowns that he forgot to finish off in the first film. Papa Gibbs has taken control of his son's empire and Rev. Rufus is back as well.

Not bad for a movie that was hastily put together. A fitting end for Tommy Gibbs as he tries to turn his life around in the process of seeking vengeance. One of the better black "exploitiation" films to come out of the seventies. If you enjoyed Black Caesar, you'll love Hell Up In Harlem.

Highly recommended.


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