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Hell Up in Harlem (1973)

A gangster in Harlem must rescue his ex-wife, who has been kidnapped by the Mafia.

Director:

Larry Cohen

Writer:

Larry Cohen
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Williamson ... Tommy Gibbs
Julius Harris ... Papa Gibbs (as Julius W. Harris)
Gloria Hendry ... Helen Bradley
Margaret Avery ... Sister Jennifer
D'Urville Martin ... Reverend Rufus
Tony King ... Zach
Gerald Gordon Gerald Gordon ... Mr. DiAngelo
Bobby Ramsen Bobby Ramsen ... Joe Frankfurter
James Dixon ... Irish
Esther Sutherland Esther Sutherland ... The Cook
Charles MacGuire Charles MacGuire ... Hap
Mindi Miller ... Tough Bikini Woman
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Storyline

Tommy comes from a forced rest period due to injuries suffered in Harlem's gang warfare. With the help of his girl, he will reorganize his gang, and overcome his rival gang leaders, through extreme acts of violence and death. Written by Artemis-9

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Taglines:

Black Godfather is back...and there's gonna be Hell up in Harlem. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Caesar Part II See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Due to the success of Black Caesar (1973), AIP wanted a sequel. Unfortunately, Fred Williamson was filming That Man Bolt (1973) during the week from Monday to Friday, and director Larry Cohen was busy making It's Alive (1974), but they made this sequel concurrently by filming the majority of it on weekends. See more »

Goofs

After Tommy shoots the man at the airport carousel, his shoes are completely different as he attempts to escape. See more »

Quotes

Papa Gibbs: [to Zach] You need a whooping, Boy!
Zach: Boy?... Where you see a boy?
Papa Gibbs: And I'm gonna do it with these own two hands!
Zach: Old man gonna whoop my ass?
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Alternate Versions

An altered audio goof on the MGM DVD, but not the VHS release, occurs in one scene during the ambush in the beach house. Instead of hearing the women screaming, you hear additional gunshots, instead. The French audio track is unaltered. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Big Papa
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Written by Freddie Perren and Fonce Mizell
Performed by Edwin Starr
courtesy of Motown Records Corp.
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Cheap, crude, but kind of fun
20 December 2014 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

This sequel to the popular blaxploitation hit "Black Caesar" was cheaply and hastily shot, and it shows. It is pretty obvious at times that star Fred Williamson wasn't always available, meaning that he's either doubled or his character simply doesn't appear at all in a scene. The low budget and speedy production also shows in other aspects, one being the screenplay. There isn't too much of a story here. Indeed, it seems at times writer/director Larry Cohen was making things up during the shoot. But despite the crude nature, the movie all the same kind of works. It is fast paced, and never boring. And Fred Williamson does manage to make his character magnetic enough that you keep watching him. Apparently audiences agreed, since this sequel was successful enough at the box office that the studio planned a third movie concerning the adventures of character Tommy Gibbs, but those plans were eventually cancelled.


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