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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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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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Trivia

Eddie Murphy once said that the jokes and camaraderie between him, Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, Robin Martin [sic, Robin Harris], and Della Reese behind the scenes was much funnier than anything that was in the film. 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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Sugar Ray: The candy business is something else
Phil Cantone: I'll say. Must not be a nigger in the street with a healthy tooth in his mouth.
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Bullets and Blue Language, But Laughs, Too
15 January 2001 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

A lot of people have commented on the violence and profanities in this movie. I guess it could have gotten by without so many foul words. But this movie is still funny! The most hilarious scenes are Eddie Murphy's fistfight with Della Reese, and his shootout with Arsenio Hall. Say what you will about Eddie Murphy, but he can still crack you up!


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