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Raised in Harlem, Tommy Gibbs becomes a successful mob boss but he clashes with the rival Mafia and his old enemy, dirty cop McKinney.

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Tommy Gibbs
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Helen
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McKinney
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Reverend Rufus
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Mr. Gibbs (as Julius W. Harris)
Minnie Gentry ...
Momma Gibbs
Philip Roye ...
Joe Washington
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Alfred Coleman
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Bryant
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Cardoza
Patrick McAllister ...
Grossfield
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Crawdaddy
Myrna Hansen ...
Virginia Coleman
Omer Jeffrey ...
Tommy as a Boy
Michael Jeffrey ...
Joe as a Boy
Allan Bailey ...
Motor (as Allen W. Bailey)
Cecil Alonzo ...
Sport
Francisco De Gracia ...
Cab Driver (as Francisco DeGracia)
Larry Lurin ...
Carlos
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Man at Shoeshine (uncredited)

Directed by

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Larry Cohen

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Larry Cohen ... (written by)

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Larry Cohen ... producer
James Dixon ... associate producer
Peter Sabiston ... executive producer
Janelle Webb ... co-producer (as Janelle Cohen)
Benjamin Fisz ... producer (uncredited)
Kenneth Rive ... producer (uncredited)

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James Brown

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Fenton Hamilton ... director of photography

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George Folsey Jr.

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Franco Guerri ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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Mike Carey
Michael D. Corey ... (as Mike Corey)

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Larry Lurin

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Rick Baker ... makeup designer (uncredited)

Production Management

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Allan Bailey ... production manager: New York (as Allen W. Bailey)

Sound Department

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Marvin Kerner ... sound effects editor
Alex Vanderkar ... sound

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Rick Baker ... special effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Nick Dimitri ... stunts (uncredited)
Orwin C. Harvey ... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Holt ... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Minor ... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
James Winburn ... stunts (uncredited)

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Jim Dunn ... camera operator
Alex Fernbach ... camera operator
Deke Gibson ... still photographer (as 'Deek' Gibson)
Mike Horner ... camera operator (as Don Hart)
Robert Isenberg ... camera operator (as Bob Isenberg)
James Signorelli ... director of photography: Harlem sequence
Stu Spahn ... camera operator

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Black Beauty ... casting: New York

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Barry De Vorzon ... music supervisor (as Barry DeVorzon)
Lenny Stack ... composer: song "Big Daddy"
Janelle Webb ... composer: song "Big Daddy" (as Janelle Cohen)

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Francisco De Gracia ... transportation manager (as Francisco DeGracia)

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Cecil Alonzo ... production coordinator
Franco Guerri ... production assistant
Paul Stader ... technical advisor
Joan Tucker ... script girl
David Sheldon ... production executive (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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. Written by Tad Dibbern

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Taglines Hail Caesar, Godfather of Harlem...The Cat with the .45-Caliber Claws! See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Godfather of Harlem (Ireland, English title)
  • The Godfather of Harlem (United Kingdom)
  • Black Caesar, le parrain de Harlem (France)
  • Black Max (Germany)
  • El padrino de Harlem (Spain)
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  • 87 min
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Trivia Originally offered to Sammy Davis Jr., who turned it down. See more »
Goofs The mob boss' glass of red wine turns into a glass of water, and also swaps hands. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Hell Up in Harlem (1973). See more »
Soundtracks Down and Out in New York City See more »
Quotes Reverend Rufus: Mama! Does Tommy know you're here?
Mama Gibbs: Pray for him, Rufus... you were always a good boy, pray for him.
Reverend Rufus: Okay Mama, we'll pray for him.
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