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A Rage in Harlem (1991)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 3 May 1991 (USA)
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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Rated R for violence, sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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A Rage in Harlem - La reine des pommes  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,438,504 (USA)
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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 »

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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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A great comedy/thriller
9 July 2006 | by (London,England) – See all my reviews

I think this is an underrated classic. A story of gold,double-cross,love,revenge and death all served up with great humour nicely by the main characters. The acting is great especially Forest Whittaker as the loser who eventually comes good. Robin Givens is superb and sexy in this role as she steals the gold from her partners and goes on the run. The late great Gregory Hines is also in top form as Whittaker's brother who is only interested in the gold at first. Badja Djola plays a memorably vicious villain and Danny Glover pops up as a rival gangster who "had another dream" about Givens - much to the fury of Djola. This film has some great comic moments. The music score by Elmer Bernstein is also superb.


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