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Harlem Nights (1989)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  17 November 1989 (USA)
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"Sugar" Ray is the owner of an illegal casino, who contend with the pressures of vicious gangster and corrupt policemen who want to see him go out of business. In the world of organized ... See full summary »

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"Sugar" Ray is the owner of an illegal casino, who contend with the pressures of vicious gangster and corrupt policemen who want to see him go out of business. In the world of organized crime and police corruption in the 1920s, any dastardly trick is fair! Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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17 November 1989 (USA)  »

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Harlem Nights  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$60,864,870 (USA)
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Both Eddie Murphy and the movie combined received two Golden Raspberry Award nominations for the film for both Worst Director and Worst Screenplay with Murphy and the movie winning for the latter. See more »

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A double yellow line dividing the road can be seen when Quick is being chased down the highway by Tommy Small's brother. Center lines in 1938 were painted white. Double yellow lines were not used on US Highways until 1971. See more »

Quotes

Sugar Ray: What if we made love real hard for 35 minutes then drop off into a deep, coma like sleep?
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Referenced in Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic (2013) See more »

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Sophisticated Lady
Music by Duke Ellington
Lyrics by Irving Mills & Mitchell Parish
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Ignore the critics on this one.
21 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of Murphy's best works. Ignore what the critics say. They just didn't get it. I am a mid-aged white woman - and even I get it. It is a misogynistic as any stylized Western you may have seen. And the language is just what you would expect from Murphy and Pryor. This is stylized Harlem, guys.

I do not think Murphy set out to break ground plot-wise. Its meant to be a very traditional good vs. bad mobster movie. In this rare case we get to see the other side of tracks version. Why not??

This movie is a rare joining of a classic team of talents including Richard Pryor, Della Reese and Red Foxx. Della was my favorite and her rapport with Foxx is classic.


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