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Gordon's War (1973)

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Four Vietnam Vets go to war against the drug dealers and pimps of Harlem.


Ossie Davis



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Winfield ... Gordon Hudson
Carl Lee Carl Lee ... Bee Bishop
David Downing ... Otis Russell
Tony King ... Roy Green
Gilbert Lewis ... Spanish Harry
Carl Gordon ... Luther the Pimp
Nathan C. Heard Nathan C. Heard ... Big Pink
Grace Jones ... Mary
Jackie Page Jackie Page ... Bedroom Girl
Chuck Bergansky Chuck Bergansky ... Caucasian Killer (as Charles Bergansky)
Adam Wade ... Hustler
Hansford Rowe ... Dog Salesman
Warren Taurien Warren Taurien ... Goose
Ralph Wilcox Ralph Wilcox ... Black Hit Man
David Connell David Connell ... Hotel Proprieter


A black soldier comes home to Harlem after a tour in Vietnam and discovers that his wife had become a heroin addict and died of an overdose. Infuriated, he gathers three of his ex-GI buddies and they lay out plans to fight the drug dealers. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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They said it would take an army to get the mob out of Harlem. This is the army! This is Gordon's war!


Adventure | Crime


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Release Date:

16 May 1974 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

A Guerra de um Homem See more »

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Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actress Arlene Fontaine, born Simone Serena Peterson, niece of movie bear trainer Beebe Stanley, was an uncredited extra in this movie along with all of her third graders from St. Martin Of Tours Catholic School in Ridgewood, Brooklyn selected personally by the movie's director Ozzie Davis. See more »


Gordon's U.S. Army uniform has no name tag, no combat patch on his right shoulder, and his beret is tilted to the wrong side. See more »


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Referenced in And Now My Love (1974) See more »


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From Vietnam to Harlem; - similar jungle, different war
3 November 2017 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

I'm certainly not an expert when it comes to Blaxploitation cinema, but I've seen enough films by now to know that I root for the underdog titles rather than the popular blockbusters. Flamboyant and famous genre classics like "Shaft", "Foxy Brown" or "Black Caesar" may be entertaining, but I prefer the raw and desolate atmosphere of unsung gems like "Across 110th Street", "Ganja and Hess", "Fight for your Life" or "The Spook who sat by the Door". Ossie Davis' "Gordon's War" can definitely also be added to that shortlist from now on as well! This film doesn't rely on the groovy charisma of one single lead- player (although Paul Winfield is truly fantastic) but instead it portrays a harsh and saddening image of life in the decaying big city ghettos. Mostly thanks to the authentic Harlem filming locations, in combination with a straightforward no-nonsense script and a handful of marvelous action sequences, "Gordon's War" is a rewarding Blaxploitation gem worth tracking down. Decorated war hero Gordon Hudson returns from Vietnam only to find out that his beloved wife died of an overdose and that a whole generation of Harlem youngsters is falling victim to lousy heroine. You know the revenge/vigilante routine from here onward: Gordon assembles his army buddies and go back to war, only this time it's a personal battle against the drug pushers on the streets and crime lords who provide them. Apart from being a fast- paced and competently made thriller, "Gordon's War" is also memorable for featuring one of the most inventive safe raids I've ever seen and the bizarre supporting role of Grace Jones in her first screen appearance. The abrupt finale is a bit of a letdown, though, and the film could have done without the clichéd "oh-we-used-to-be-so-happy" flashbacks.

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