During the 1920s, a New York illegal gambling house owner and his associates must deal with strong competition, gangsters and corrupt cops in order to stay in business.

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Willie (as Uncle Ray)
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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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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$60,864,870 (USA)
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Trivia

This film was made because Eddie Murphy always wanted to direct and act in a period piece. Moreover, Murphy had always wanted to work with Richard Pryor whom Murphy had considered to be the greatest influence on his work in stand-up comedy. 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 »

Quotes

Quick: How's Sunshine doing on that pick up man?
Bennie Wilson: Oh, he proposed to her four times already, said he would leave his wife & kids and convert from Catholic to Baptist. Now you know that's some mean pussy to make a man change gods.
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Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

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Take The 'A' Train
Written by Billy Strayhorn
Performed by Duke Ellington
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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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