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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.

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


Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The original title was "Black Caesar's Sweet Revenge". See more »

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When Tommy stabs Palermo with an umbrella at Coney Island, the next shot featuring the squib/wound is clearly animated. See more »

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Featured in TCM Underground: Black Caesar/Hell Up in Harlem (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't It Feel Good to Be Free
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Written by Freddie Perren and Fonce Mizell
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Black Exploitation Classics courtesy of Larry Cohen.
10 February 2005 | by Joseph P. UlibasSee all my reviews

Hell Up In Harlem (1973) was a follow up to the classic Black Caesar. Do to the box office success of the former film, the producers wanted another sequel to cash in on the popularity of the first film. So Larry Cohen quickly completed a script that was going to follow the revenge of Tommy Gibbs. This time he's out to get rid of the clowns that he forgot to finish off in the first film. Papa Gibbs has taken control of his son's empire and Rev. Rufus is back as well.

Not bad for a movie that was hastily put together. A fitting end for Tommy Gibbs as he tries to turn his life around in the process of seeking vengeance. One of the better black "exploitiation" films to come out of the seventies. If you enjoyed Black Caesar, you'll love Hell Up In Harlem.

Highly recommended.


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