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Mr. Untouchable (2007)

R  |   |  Documentary, Crime  |  26 October 2007 (USA)
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The true-life story of a Harlem's notorious Nicky Barnes, a junkie turned multimillionaire drug-lord, MR. UNTOUCHABLE takes its audience deep inside the heroin industry of the 1970s. The ... See full summary »

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Leroy 'Nicky' Barnes ...
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Don Ferrarone ...
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Thelma Grant ...
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Carol Hawkins-Williams ...
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Joseph Jazz Hayden ...
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Leon Scrap Batts ...
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The true-life story of a Harlem's notorious Nicky Barnes, a junkie turned multimillionaire drug-lord, MR. UNTOUCHABLE takes its audience deep inside the heroin industry of the 1970s. The most powerful black drug kingpin in New York City history, Barnes came from humble beginnings to make himself and his comrades rich beyond their wildest dreams, ultimately reaching national infamy in 1977 when the New York Times put him on the front cover of their magazine with the headline "Mr. Untouchable". Soon after, it all came crumbling down, and facing a life sentence without parole, Barnes started naming names. With the first hand testimony from "the black Godfather" himself, this documentary tells an epic story of business, excess, greed and revenge. Written by Magnolia Films

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26 October 2007 (USA)  »

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Mr. Untouchable - Der Drogenpate der Bronx  »

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$48,280 (USA) (26 October 2007)

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$103,590 (USA) (16 November 2007)
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Leroy 'Nicky' Barnes: When a user comes on the street to buy, they don't say "who's the meanest mother... at here". They say "who's got the best powder?". Nicky Barnes got the best powder.
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Boring
1 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mr. Untouchable tells the story of the Harlem drug kingpin Nicky Barnes who had built up a multi million dollar empire in New York City into the 1970s and because of his nickname which is used in the title, drew the attention of then President Jimmy Carter who was so incensed that he made it a priority of the attorney general to take down the notorious criminal.

Director Marc Levin relies heavily on Mr. Barnes during extensive interviews for most of the documentary, and what should be a riveting tale somehow becomes tedious as the former convict is just not all that interesting. He complains about former associates turning against him and the deal he made to become an informant with d.a. Rudy Guliani to shorten his prison sentence. I was expecting a charismatic, charming, insightful man due to his wide ranging experiences, but instead a crashing bore who belongs in jail.


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