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Harlem Nights (1989)

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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Storyline

"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)  »

Also Known As:

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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Reportedly, actor-comedian Richard Pryor once said of the film's development and pre-production period that "the potential had guys in Hollywood putting money down on new Porsches and vacation homes". See more »

Goofs

When the young Quick shoots the enraged gambler in the head, his shot is shown striking him squarely in the man's forehead. Given Quick's height, the man's height and Quick's location vis-a-vis the man, this was not possible. Quick is both too short and too close to the man to have made the shot. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Quick: So, where you wanna go, Pop?
Sugar Ray: I don't know, Son. But we got a tank full of gas, and a trunk full of money.
Quick: That sounds like a sweet combination.
Sugar Ray: Sweet as sugar.
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Soundtracks

Take My Heart
Music by Fred E. Ahlert
Lyrics by Joe Young
Performed by Buddy Clark with Nat Brandwynne
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I can't believe this movie is a 4.8!!
25 May 2000 | by (Maryland, US) – See all my reviews

Yeah, yeah this movie is full of profanity and I see other users saying that Eddie couldnt decide if it was a comedy, drama, etc. I personally thought the movie was hilarious and quite clever. I never really thought it was anything other than a comedy. Tell me how a movie this good gets a rating of 4.8, when an awful movie like The Thomas Crown Affair (the remake) gets a 7.0!!! Try this everyone, sit down, relax and don't try to "read" anything into this movie......just enjoy it...


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