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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
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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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He may never get to heaven, but he's raisin' 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

Larry Cohen filmed some of the scenes with the same crew and equipment as It's Alive (1974), and due to Fred Williamson's other commitments he had to make most of the film with a stand-in, Williamson himself only really appearing in the close-ups. The close-ups were filmed in LA, where Williamson was based, and the rest of the film was shot on location in New York. See more »

Goofs

After Tommy locks the dead guy in the airplane bathroom. He notices the guy's shoes on the floor and tosses them aside. According to Larry Cohen on the DVD commentary, the guy playing the killer was actually a friend of one of the crew members. Fred Williamson actually knocked the guy out of his shoes before he tumbles over a chair. See more »

Connections

Follows Black Caesar (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Mama Should Be Here Too
(uncredited)
Written by Freddie Perren and Fonce Mizell
Performed by Edwin Starr
courtesy of Motown Records Corp.
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Action packed!
22 February 2005 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

No, this is not one of the greatest blaxploitation movie ever made; and yes, it has its flaws. But man, is this one a fun ride or what? It's an hour and a half of pure action with one of the greatest action hero of all time. It's ass kicking after ass kicking, as Tommy Gibbs takes revenge on everybody that have ever been dumb enough to mess with him. The fight scenes are great, inventive and plentiful. The cinematography is quite decent too and the story fun enough to keep you interested in it. Larry Cohen once more delivers the goods in this one. It's actually much better then most action stink fest that Hollywood produce this days. So sit tight and enjoy the roller coaster ride while it last.

Go Fred Williamson!


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