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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)

Gross:

$60,864,870 (USA)
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Trivia

The earlier Eddie Murphy movie from Paramount Pictures, 48 Hrs. (1982) was, during the late 1970s, originally designed as a vehicle for Richard Pryor as the con (with Clint Eastwood as the cop). The picture, then in development at Columbia Pictures, went into turnaround for a time, and didn't go back into development for another couple of years, where it re-surfaced at Paramount, the studio which had a near-total monopoly on Murphy movies during the 1980s, and this included both 48 Hrs. (1982) and Harlem Nights (1989). 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

Toothless Gambler: [about Young Quick at the crap table] Man, I ain't shootin' shit! I told you kids bring me bad luck! I can't stand them little bastards!
[turns to young Quick]
Toothless Gambler: Now get the fuck outta here before I kick yo' ass!
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Drop Me Off In Harlem
Music by Duke Ellington
Lyrics by Nick Kenny
Performed by Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
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It isn't terrible at least
2 September 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some might think that this effort from Eddie Murphy (who wrote, directed, executive produced and starred in) might not be up to his and the co-stars efforts. They might be a little right, but it isn't a waste to say the least. The talent is still vibrant even with a not too great script from Murphy including him, Richard Pryor (who gives his best, most recent performance to date), Redd Foxx (one of his last) and Danny Aiello. So sure it may be profane with a story that isn't too credible, but that's fine. Not great, but in truth, not to be missed either. B-


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