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Harlem Nights (1989)

During the 1930s, 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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Jack Jenkins
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Dominique La Rue
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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 gangsters and corrupt policemen who want to see him go out of business. In the world of organized crime and police corruption in the 1930s, any dastardly trick is fair.

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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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Trivia

Eddie Murphy performed a number of roles on this picture. Murphy was the film's director, executive producer, sole credited writer, top-billed lead star and actor. See more »

Goofs

Multiple lines of dialogue reflect later 20th century speech and not that of the film's 1930s setting. See more »

Quotes

Quick: Hey, I have a lot of money on you, Man.
The Champ: W-w-w-well... y-y-y-you's gettin ready to b-b-b-be a rich nigga... you see, cause, c-c-come next week... I'm knockin'... somebody... the fuck out!
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Referenced in Inside the Actors Studio: Eddie Murphy (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Heaven Help This Heart Of Mine
Written by Walter G. Samuels, Leonard Whitcup & Teddy Powell
Performed by Buddy Clark with Eddy Duchin
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Ignore the critics on this one.
21 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of Murphy's best works. Ignore what the critics say. They just didn't get it. I am a mid-aged white woman - and even I get it. It is a misogynistic as any stylized Western you may have seen. And the language is just what you would expect from Murphy and Pryor. This is stylized Harlem, guys.

I do not think Murphy set out to break ground plot-wise. Its meant to be a very traditional good vs. bad mobster movie. In this rare case we get to see the other side of tracks version. Why not??

This movie is a rare joining of a classic team of talents including Richard Pryor, Della Reese and Red Foxx. Della was my favorite and her rapport with Foxx is classic.


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