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Writers (WGA):
Chester Himes (novel)
John Toles-Bey (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
3 May 1991 (USA) See more »
A beautiful black gangster's moll flees to Harlem with a trunkload of gold after a shootout, unaware that the rest of the gang... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Good, but nothing like the novel See more (11 total) »


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Forest Whitaker ... Jackson

Gregory Hines ... Goldy

Robin Givens ... Imabelle

Zakes Mokae ... Big Kathy

Danny Glover ... Easy Money
Badja Djola ... Slim
John Toles-Bey ... Jodie
Tyler Collins ... Teena

Ron Taylor ... Hank
Samm-Art Williams ... Gus Parsons
Stack Pierce ... Coffin Ed

Willard E. Pugh ... Claude X

Helen Martin ... Mrs. Canfield

Wendell Pierce ... Louis

T.K. Carter ... Smitty
Leonard Jackson ... Mr. Clay
Reynaldo Rey ... Blind Man
Clebert Ford ... Porter
John Seitz ... Lester Banton
Jack Beatty ... Sheriff
Birdie M. Hale ... Domestic #1
Olivette Miller ... Domestic #2 (as Olivette Miller-Briggs)
Beatrice Winde ... Clerk

John W. Hardy ... Rev. Gaines

Anthonia Kitchen ... Female Mourner (as Anthonia Dotson)
Ernest Perry Jr. ... Jackie
James Spinks ... Bartender
Cornelius Stafford ... Weasel
Tracy A. Taylor ... Stanky Whore
Jesse James Turnbow ... Will Kill
James Copeland ... Jailer
Jonathan Booker ... Doorman (as Jonathan Booker Ph.D.)
Kevin Ruthven ... Bus Driver
William L. Schwarber ... Goon
Tasha O'Bryant ... Minna
Arthur Burghardt ... Bo
Eugene Robinson Jr. ... Pop
Kipp Cochran ... Cop
Robert Woods Jr. ... Henchman
Screamin' Jay Hawkins ... Himself
Leslie Dockery ... Chorus Dancer
Herbert Rawlins ... Chorus Dancer
Kiki Shepard ... Chorus Dancer
Edgar Godineaux Jr. ... Chorus Dancer
Joni Palmer ... Chorus Dancer
Romelle Reaux ... Chorus Dancer
Kimberly Hester ... Chorus Dancer
John Parks ... Chorus Dancer
Mike Roscoe ... Chorus Dancer
Wynonna Smith ... Chorus Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hajna O. Moss ... Chorus Dancer

George Wallace ... Grave Digger

Maya Lilly ... Child in Church (uncredited)

Michael Newman ... Man on Corner (uncredited)
Keith Schrader ... Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Bill Duke 
Writing credits
Chester Himes (novel "A Rage in Harlem")

John Toles-Bey (screenplay) and
Bobby Crawford (screenplay)

Produced by
Terry Glinwood .... executive producer
William Horberg .... executive producer
John Nicolella .... co-producer
Nik Powell .... executive producer
Kerry Rock .... producer (as Kerry Boyle)
Ron Stacker Thompson .... associate producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Forest Whitaker .... co-producer
Stephen Woolley .... producer
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
Jeff Vincent 
Cinematography by
Toyomichi Kurita (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Curtiss Clayton 
Casting by
Aleta Chappelle 
Production Design by
Steven Legler 
Art Direction by
Nina Ruscio 
Set Decoration by
K.C. Fox 
Costume Design by
Nele Samples  (as Nile Samples)
Makeup Department
Jeni Lee Dinkel .... makeup artist
Marjorie Durand .... key makeup artist
Douglas Noe .... makeup artist
Suzanne Parker Sanders .... makeup artist
Kenneth Walker .... key hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Eric Chapman .... second second assistant director
Julius LeFlore .... second unit director
Douglas Tirola .... second assistant director
Art Department
Daniel Bickel .... foreman construction
Steven E. Eyrse .... head painter
Steven E. Eyrse .... scenic artist
Anthony Maccario .... property master (as Tony Maccario)
John McFarlane .... construction foreman
Pia Navales .... Art Department Coordinator
J. Todd Anderson .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
David C. Ryan .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Dane A. Davis .... supervising sound editor
Tom Hammond .... foley editor
Wayne Heitman .... re-recording mixer
Kini Kay .... sound effects editor
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... dialogue editor (as Kimberly Lowe Voigt)
Todd Toon .... sound effects editor
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Randy Vandegrift .... supervising adr editor
Geoff Maxwell .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Frank Ceglia .... special effects coordinator
Greg Baxley .... stunts
Angela Boone .... stunts
Tony Brubaker .... stunts
Stephanie Givens .... stunts
Larry Holt .... stunts
'Pretty Lee' Jackson .... stunts
Henry Kingi Jr. .... stunts
Henry Kingi .... stunts
Julius LeFlore .... stunt coordinator
Von Ruby .... stunts
Joey Toledo .... stunts
Jack Tools .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Athy .... grip
Bruce Bellamy .... grip
Jerry Bertolami .... dolly grip
Richard Blanshard .... special photography
Kevin Boyd .... key video assist operator
Richard Mall .... key grip
Douglas W. Shannon .... electrician
Andy Sydney .... first assistant camera
Philip Alan Waters .... camera operator
Philip Alan Waters .... director of photography: second unit
James D. Wickman .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy Collini .... costumer
Michelle M. Pershing .... costumer
Emae Villalobos .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Amy E. Duddleston .... assistant editor
Craig Hayes .... associate editor
Location Management
Kelly Harris .... assistant location manager
Bart Wenrich .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jon Bergholz .... transportation coordinator
Paul Giorgi .... transportation captain
Marc Scott .... driver
Other crew
Eric R. Bellamy .... assistant accountant
Steve Brettingham .... stand-in (as Stephen Brittingham)
Elanzo Coppins .... stand-in
Tom Fanz .... stand-in
Ralph Garner .... stand-in
Julie Hansen .... post production accountant
Jeff Hay .... catering assistant
Debra D. Jeffreys .... production coordinator
Mizzy Matthew .... stand-in
Anthony Turner .... production assistant (as Tone Boots)
Anthony Turner .... stand-in (as Tone Boots)
Tommy Turner .... stand-in
Steven E. Williams .... craft service
Hillard Elkins .... thanks

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Rated R for violence, sensuality and language
Spain:108 min | USA:115 min
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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 »
Anachronisms: 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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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Good, but nothing like the novel, 4 August 2006
Author: goatboy500 from United Kingdom

This is a pretty good, violent, gangster romp directed with definite panache by Bill Duke. Forrest Whitaker plays a decent upstanding Christian boy how gets embroiled in hokey plot involving stolen money (or something) and Robin Givens. Different groups of parties are all after the dough (including Forrest's good for nothing brother Gregory Hines), when Forrest just wants the girl. Its pretty hackneyed stuff, but the players (in particular the great Gregory Hines and the baddass Danny Glover) elevate it to a standard that just serves to entertain and no more.

It also features a great recurring joke about a picture of Jesus that I won't spoil.

The only problem I have with this film is that the book it's based on is actually nothing like this. The first scene in the barn is lifted from the book, but everything else has been changed. The two cops in the film, Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed are Chester Hime's greatest creations, but here they're just an obstacle for Whittaker (who in the book is actually a supporting character and is a coward, here he is the against all the odds hero of the piece). If you haven't read Chester Hime's novels you won't notice, but be prepared to be disappointed with the liberties taken with the story.

On it's own though, this is an accomplished movie from the talented Mr Duke, who's next movie was one of the best of the nineties, Deep Cover.

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