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Harlem Nights (1989)

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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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Paramount wanted Robert Duvall to play Bugsy Calhoun. But Murphy insisted that Michael Lerner be cast in the role. See more »

Goofs

Quick jumps out of a moving car, rolls one way to avoid a car, then rolls the other way. The he runs and dives through a large glass window of a store. And his hat remains on his head. See more »

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Crying Man: Only way you're going home is shot, motherfucker!
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Referenced in The Arsenio Hall Show: Episode #1.44 (2013) See more »

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One O'clock Jump
Written and Performed by Count Basie
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Very underrated!
9 August 2007 | by (Canada(Montreal,Quebec)) – See all my reviews

Rated R for Strong Language,Sexual Content and Violence. Quebec Rating:13+ Canadian Home Video Rating:18A

Harlem Nights is the first and only film that Eddie Murphy both directed and starred.I heard that the film was bad.It got some Razzie nominations and it has a low score on IMDb.I watched the film about two years ago and I could not find anything bad about it.I have seen plenty of Eddie Murphy films and he is a very funny actor.I think this is one of his best films actually.The film also stars Richard Pryor,Redd Foxx and Della Reese with a small appearance by Arsenio Hall.The film is basically about some casino owners in 1930's harlem who must face policemen and a gangster.Harlem Nights is funny, entertaining and very underrated.Worth watching!


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