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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 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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Los reyes de la noche  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$60,864,870 (USA)
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"Harlem Nights" was also the working title for Ralph Bakshi's film, Coonskin (1975). Both films feature the crime racket in Harlem as a plot point. Star Richard Pryor was also believed to be a fan of Coonskin (1975). See more »

Goofs

After Jack Jenkins leaves Sugar Ray's and Quick's table in the restaurant, they talk about the 3 to 1 odds they will receive on Jenkins for the upcoming fight. When Phil and Bugsy are talking in the sauna, They say the odds for Jenkins' opponent, Kirkpatrick are 3 to 1. They are saying that the odds on both fighters are the same. See more »

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Quick: I haven't had my ass whipped in a while. Probably been like 1911.
Sugar Ray: Yeah, that's when the doctor slapped you on the ass
Quick: Yes. That's the last ass-whipping I recall. I'm looking for him.
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One O'clock Jump
Written and Performed by Count Basie
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Three comic legends in a great film
28 March 2002 | by (Woodbridge,VA) – See all my reviews

Harlem Nights is a great that stars the funniest three black comics to ever grace a comdey stage. Eddie Murphy knew what he was doing when he decided to cast Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor in the other two male leads. The film has great one-liners and a amusing fight scene between Eddie and Della Reese. If you've never seen this film, you're in for a treat.


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