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Across 110th Street (1972)

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Two New York City cops go after amateur crooks who are trying to rip off the Mafia and start a gang war.

Director:

Barry Shear

Writers:

Luther Davis (screenplay), Wally Ferris (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Adu Frank Adu ... Black Assistant
Frank Arno Frank Arno ... Detective Rizzo
Joseph Attles Joseph Attles ... Mr. Jessup (as Joe Attles)
Paul Benjamin ... Jim Harris
Ed Bernard Ed Bernard ... Joe Logart
Tina Beyer Tina Beyer ... Black Whore
Gerry Black Gerry Black ... Patrolman
Samual Blue Jr. Samual Blue Jr. ... Dr. Christmas
Norman Bush Norman Bush ... Bartender
Anthony C. Cannon Anthony C. Cannon ... Sal (as Anthony Cannon)
Maria Carey Maria Carey ... Maria
Anthony Charnota Anthony Charnota ... Frank
Dick Crockett Dick Crockett ... Patrolman
Keith Davis Keith Davis ... Cab Driver
George DiCenzo ... Patrolman (as George Di Cenzo)
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Storyline

In Harlem, two Italian mobsters meet three black gangsters that work to the kingpin Doc Johnson to collect dirty money from their associates in an apartment building. Out of the blue, the smalltime thieves Jim Harris and Joe Logart knock on the door disguised as police officers to steal US$ 300,000.00 from the Mafia. However, they startle when the suitcase with the money falls on the floor and Jim kills the five men with a machine gun. They flee to the runaway car driven by Henry J. Jackson and they kill two policemen. The idealist NYPD Lt. Pope and the violent Capt. Mattelli investigate the case while the Italian Mafia and the black gangsters hunt the killers down. Will Jim Harris and his accomplices be found? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

If you steal $300,000 from the mob, it's not robbery. It's suicide.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1973 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

110-Ban machi kôsaten See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$10,000,000, 31 December 1973

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,000,000, 31 December 1973
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Film Guarantors See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Wayne, Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas turned down the role of Capt. Frank Mattelli, leading Anthony Quinn--the film's executive producer--to star in the part himself. See more »

Goofs

When Anthony Quinn is beating the man in the chair of the police station, his gun falls out of his holster. It is never put back in. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Pope: What else brings whites to Harlem but business?
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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC with edits made to nearly all the fight scenes and shots of beatings, and heavy cuts to shootings and a man on fire during the climax. All later releases were uncut. See more »

Connections

References Rififi (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

If You Don't Want My Love
(uncredited)
Written by Bobby Womack
Performed by Bobby Womack
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Whether or not you call it blaxploitation this is one of the toughest and most powerful crime movies of the early 1970s.
25 October 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Whether you regard 'Across 110th Street' as a genuine blaxploitation movie or not (I don't) there's no denying it's one of the toughest and most powerful crime movies of the early 1970s, easily as good as the better known 'Serpico' or 'Dirty Harry'. Anthony Quinn and Yaphet Kotto both give excellent performances as the NYC cops who have different approaches to trying to bring to justice some petty crooks who have ripped off the Mob. I was also impressed by Tony Franciosa who I knew from his later work in Argento's 'Tenebre'. I love that movie but always thought Franciosa was its weak point. In this movie he is one of the strengths. Paul Benjamin is also very good as one of the thieves. In fact, this movie is full of great acting, a tough and realistic script, taut direction from Barry Shear (who also made the 60s exploitation classic 'Wild In The Streets'), and a wonderful theme song from Bobby Womack, later recycled by Quentin Tarantino for 'Jackie Brown'. Highly recommended.


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