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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.

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Eddie Murphy

Writer:

Eddie Murphy
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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.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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 film was released fifty-one years after its main time period in which it was set, which was 1938. Briefly during the start of the movie, it is set twenty years earlier, in 1918, seventy-one years prior to when the movie was released. See more »

Goofs

A double yellow line dividing the road can be seen when Quick is being chased down the highway by Tommy Small's brother. Center lines in 1938 were painted white. Double yellow lines were not used on US Highways until 1971. See more »

Quotes

Sugar Ray: What if we made love real hard for 35 minutes then drop off into a deep, coma like sleep?
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It isn't terrible at least
2 September 2000 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

Some might think that this effort from Eddie Murphy (who wrote, directed, executive produced and starred in) might not be up to his and the co-stars efforts. They might be a little right, but it isn't a waste to say the least. The talent is still vibrant even with a not too great script from Murphy including him, Richard Pryor (who gives his best, most recent performance to date), Redd Foxx (one of his last) and Danny Aiello. So sure it may be profane with a story that isn't too credible, but that's fine. Not great, but in truth, not to be missed either. B-


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