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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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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)  »

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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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An unnamed actress in the film sued Eddie Murphy for $75 million for alleged sexual harassment. The suit was unsuccessful. 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 »

Quotes

Sugar Ray: You have got to stop over-reacting.
Quick: [shouts] Over-reacting?
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Referenced in Family Guy: Brian's Got a Brand New Bag (2009) See more »

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It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Music by Duke Ellington
Lyrics by Irving Mills
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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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