Tommy Gibbs is a tough kid, raised in the ghetto, who aspires to be a kingpin criminal. As a young boy, his leg is broken by a bad cop on the take, during a payoff gone bad. Nursing his vengeance, he rises to power in New York City's Harlem. Angry at the racist society around him, both criminal and straight, he sees the acquisition of power as the solution to his rage. He performs a free-lance hit on a Mob contract to attract the attention of the head of a Mafia family. Reluctantly accepted into 'The Family,' he grows increasingly autonomous and aggressive, eventually starting a gang war.
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Hail Caesar, Godfather of Harlem...The Cat with the .45-Caliber Claws!
Did You Know?
Shadow of the camera on the blind guy as Tommy is staggering up the street after being shot. See more
Hey, you know, you knock me out. Every time you talk Sicilian, it's like a - dubbed-in movie.
The European version included an additional scene before the skyline fade/end credits where, after Tommy Gibbs is seen wandering in a neighborhood slum, a street gang beats him up, rob him, and leave him for dead, making the audience think that Tommy perished during the altercation. In the late 1990s, the European cut mistakenly made its way on home video, due to a mix-up on MGM's part, the current rights holder of the film. The MGM DVD and Blu-ray by Olive Films feature the same alternate cut. See more
Down and Out in New York City
Written by Bodie Chandler
& Barry De Vorzon
Performed by James Brown See more