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A Rage in Harlem (1991)

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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 ... See full summary »



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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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Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for violence, sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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3 May 1991 (USA)  »

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A Rage in Harlem - La reine des pommes  »

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Features the policemen Coffin Ed and the Grave Digger, also seen in the previously released Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970) and Come Back, Charleston Blue (1972), both from the 1970's. Those films took place in the then contemporary 1970's (despite adapting novels written in 1965 and 1966, respectively). However, A Rage in Harlem takes place in the 1950's (when the novel was published). See more »


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 »


Follows Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970) See more »

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Violent and dark...but I liked it
18 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This takes place in 1956. Imabelle (Robin Givens) gets away from her mobster boyfriend with a stash of gold he stole. She drives from Mississippi to NY and hides out totally unaware that her boyfriend and his gang are after her. She gets an overweight, naive and trusting man named Jackson (Forest Whitaker) to love her--but then her boyfriend shows up. She leaves him but Jackson gets his brother Goldy (Gregory Hines) to help him find her.

That may sound a little plot heavy...but that's only the first hour! This movie is way too convoluted and far too long. Also Hines and Givens are just not good actors. They try but they can't pull this off--although Givens looks great in some of her costumes. Still I did like this.

Some previous posters pointed out that this is extremely bloody and that's very true. Also it has strong doses of black humor. Still, it didn't bother me. If anything it gave the film a few nice jolts. It's well directed by Bill Duke, has great period detail (love the cars!) and (aside from Givens and Hines) has plenty of good acting. So, if you like extreme violence, black humor and gangster movies this should work for you. I give it a 7.

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