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Harlem Nights (1989)

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During the 1930s, a New York City illegal gambling house owner and his associates must deal with strong competition, gangsters, and corrupt cops in order to stay in business.

Director:

Eddie Murphy

Writer:

Eddie Murphy
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Murphy ... Quick
Richard Pryor ... Sugar Ray
Redd Foxx ... Bennie Wilson
Danny Aiello ... Phil Cantone
Michael Lerner ... Bugsy Calhoune
Della Reese ... Vera
Berlinda Tolbert ... Annie
Stan Shaw ... Jack Jenkins
Jasmine Guy ... Dominique La Rue
Vic Polizos ... Richie Vento
Lela Rochon ... Sunshine
David Marciano ... Tony
Arsenio Hall ... Crying Man
Thomas Mikal Ford ... Tommy Smalls (as Tommy Ford)
Uncle Ray Murphy Uncle Ray Murphy ... Willie (as Uncle Ray)
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Storyline

"Sugar" Ray is the owner of an illegal casino, who contend with the pressures of vicious gangsters and corrupt policemen who want to see him go out of business. In the world of organized crime and police corruption in the 1930s, any dastardly trick is fair.

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They're up to something big.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los reyes de la noche See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,096,808, 19 November 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$60,864,870

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$95,900,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The picture was filmed during April, May, June, and July 1989. See more »

Goofs

When Tommy's brother and his friends shoot at Quick, the man fires his revolver seven times without reloading. See more »

Quotes

Crying Man: Only way you're going home is shot, motherfucker!
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Connections

Referenced in Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh Promise Me
Music by Reginald De Koven
Lyrics by Clement W. Scott (as Clement Scott)
Performed by John McCormack
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Profanity Yes, But Also Funny
15 September 1999 | by BBD-3See all my reviews

I agree that the movie is laced with profanity--but then again, some of the profanity does add humor and I am an adult! Enjoyed the sets and costuming, loved the poke they took at the old gangster movies, the sting made me laugh thinking the mobsters got what was coming to them. Perhaps the most colorful character for me was was Della Reese and her interactions with Eddie Murphy--had me roaring. I gave it a 6, but maybe I need to change that to a 7.


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