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A beautiful black gangster's moll flees to Harlem with a trunkload of gold after a shootout, unaware that the rest of the gang, and a few other unsavoury characters, are on her trail. A pudgy momma's boy becomes the object of her affections and the unlikely hero of the tale. Written by Anonymous

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A Rage in Harlem - La reine des pommes  »

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$10,438,504 (USA)
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Da Lench Mob sampled the line, "We'll shut this motherfucker down!" for the song "Ain't Got No Class" from their 1992 debut album "Guerillas in the Mist." See more »

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The movie is set in the 1950's but if you look out of the train window in the last scene you'll see 1990's cars. See more »

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Follows Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970) See more »

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One the best gangster films ever
8 February 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Robin Givens stars in this brilliant action-comedy-crime-thriller flick about a gangster's moll, who after a bloody shoot-out in the beginning, flees to Harlem with a trunkload of gold. She later finds herself involved with a shy assistant(the always dependable Forest Whitaker). They predictably fall in love and pretty soon Givens' presumed dead boyfriend comes to town looking for her and the gold.

As my one line summary states it, this is one the best gangster movies ever made. In the vein of such gangster films like "The Untouchables" or "Hoodlum", "A Rage in Harlem" ranks pretty high up there. Director Bill Duke who directed Laurence Fishburne in the very stylish "Deep Cover" and the gritty "Hoodlum" is at the top of his game here. The 1950s setting really adds to the overall greatness of this movie.

Robin Givens is excellent and very beautiful in a role that seems almost perfectly suited for her. Forest Whitaker plays his role almost too good. Not only does fit his part but he looks it as well.

To sum it up, this movie is excellent. The direction, acting, and casting are all top notch.

10/10


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