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Harlem Nights ()


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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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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination.
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Quick
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Sugar Ray
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Bennie Wilson
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Phil Cantone
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Bugsy Calhoune
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Vera
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Annie
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Jack Jenkins
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Dominique La Rue
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Richie Vento
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Sunshine
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Tony
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Crying Man
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Tommy Smalls (as Tommy Ford)
Uncle Ray Murphy ...
Willie (as Uncle Ray)
Michael Goldfinger ...
Max
Joe Pecoraro ...
Joe Leoni
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Jerome
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Jimmy (as Charles Q. Murphy)
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Man with Broken Nose
Desi Arnez Hines II ...
Young Quick
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Toothless Gambler
J. Kennedy Horne ...
Gambler
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Gambler
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Gambler
Nick Savage ...
Gambler
Johnny Lee Smith ...
Huge Man (as Johnny Smith)
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Woman Employee (as Robin Lynn Reed)
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Crapshooter (as Tyrone Granderson Jones)
Dan Tullis Jr. ...
Crapshooter
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Crapshooter
Christopher Jackson ...
Crapshooter (as Chris Jackson)
Roy Lee Jones ...
Crapshooter (as Roy L. Jones)
Howard 'Sandman' Sims ...
Crapshooter
Roger E. Reid ...
Crapshooter
Rudy Challenger ...
Patron
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Patron
Dexter A. Wilkins ...
Patron
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Patron
Bill Bateman ...
Orderly
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Lady
Clarence Landry ...
Old Man (as Clarence M. Landry)
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Doorman
Alvin Silver ...
Headwaiter
Clifford Strong ...
Man at Front Seat (as Cliff Strong)
Margaret Wheeler ...
Elderly Woman
Joe Littlefield ...
Elderly Man
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Man #1
Donald Nardini ...
Man #2
Robert Vento ...
Bartender
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Desk Sergeant
Dennis Lee Kelly ...
Cop
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Cop
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Announcer
Marc Figueroa ...
One of Calhoune's Boys
George Kyle ...
Man at Bugsy's
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Detective Hogan (as Eugene R. Glazer)
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Detective Simms
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Driver
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Michael Kirkpatrick
Karen Armstead ...
Bennie's Girlfriend
Lezley Price ...
Nurse
Randy Harris ...
Todo La Noche
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Ringside Announcer
Don Familton ...
Referee
Dennis Kemper ...
Bathroom Attendant
Larry L. Johnson ...
King Blue
Prince C. Spencer ...
Prince Spencer
Roberto Durán ...
Roberto
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Kennedy Horne ...
Gambler (as J. Kennedy Horne)
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Dancer (uncredited)
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Club Singer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Eddie Murphy

Written by

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Eddie Murphy ... (written by)

Produced by

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Mark Lipsky ... producer
Ray Murphy Jr. ... associate producer
Eddie Murphy ... executive producer
Ralph S. Singleton ... co-producer
Robert D. Wachs ... producer

Music by

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Herbie Hancock

Cinematography by

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Woody Omens ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Alan Balsam
George Bowers

Editorial Department

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Joseph Gutowski ... stand-by editor
James C. Johnson ... assistant editor: Los Angeles
Christopher Koefoed ... associate editor
Bob Noland ... color timer
Rodney Sharpp ... apprentice editor
Kelly Tartan ... apprentice editor

Casting By

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Robi Reed

Production Design by

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Lawrence G. Paull

Art Direction by

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Russell B. Crone
Geoff Hubbard ... (as Martin G. Hubbard)

Set Decoration by

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George R. Nelson

Costume Design by

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Joe I. Tompkins

Makeup Department

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Bernadine M. Anderson ... makeup artist
Marie Carter ... assistant makeup artist
Klexius Kolby ... makeup artist
Tony Lloyd ... assistant makeup artist (as Anthony S. Lloyd)
Don Lynch ... assistant hair stylist
Robert L. Stevenson ... hair stylist
Karen Kubeck ... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Ralph S. Singleton ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Alan B. Curtiss ... first assistant director
Karen Ginsberg ... second second assistant director
John Rusk ... second second assistant director (as John C.M. Rusk)
Dorothy A. Steinicke ... second second assistant director
Barry K. Thomas ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Ron Ashmore ... paint foreperson
Robert J. Carlyle ... construction foreperson (as Robert Carlyle)
Mike Carroll ... plasterer
Craig Edgar ... assistant art director (as Craig D. Edgar)
Chris Fix ... carpenter
Gerry Gates Sr. ... paint foreperson
Jim Greenspan ... property person
Carey Harris Jr. ... assistant property master
Jimmy Herron ... property master (as Jimmie Herron)
Harold D. Hinzo ... signwriter
Mentor Huebner ... primary production illustrator
Jack Jennings ... assistant art director (as Jack B. Jennings)
Alan S. Kaye ... set designer
Mark Konkel ... paint foreperson
Renita Lorden ... assistant property master
Robert Maddy ... set designer
W. Scott Mason ... construction foreperson (as Scott Mason)
Todd McKibben ... construction foreman
Marc Meisels ... set dresser
Clarence Lynn Price ... construction coordinator
Douglas W. Randall ... construction foreman
Ray Rarick ... construction foreperson
David Russell ... storyboard illustrator
Neil Saiger ... construction foreperson
Ron Schroeder ... labor foreperson
Fred Seibly ... signwriter
Ron Sica ... property person
Wayne Smith ... paint foreperson
Craig Staley ... property person
William Timmerman ... property person
Dennis J. Vannatta ... lead person
Ward Welton ... paint foreperson
Ronnie Sue Wexler ... property person
Randy L. Childs ... propmaker (uncredited)
Drew Struzan ... poster artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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John Benson ... supervising sound editor
Pamela Bentkowski ... foley editor
Gene S. Cantamessa ... sound mixer
Steve Cantamessa ... boom operator
Michael C. Casper ... supervising sound re-recording mixer (as Michael Casper)
Greg Curda ... foley mixer
Ken Dufva ... foley artist
Juno J. Ellis ... adr editor (as Juno Ellis)
David Lee Fein ... foley artist
Bruce Fortune ... sound editor
David W. Gray ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Cecelia Hall ... supervising sound editor
Frank Howard ... sound editor
Mark Jennings ... cable person
Daniel J. Leahy ... re-recording mixer (as Daniel Leahy)
Victoria Martin ... supervising foley editor
F. Hudson Miller ... sound editor
Donald Ortiz ... assistant sound editor
R.J. Palmer ... sound editor
Craig Sims ... assistant sound editor
Fred Stafford ... supervising adr editor
Beth Sterner ... sound editor
Tom Gerard ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Jeffrey Kaplan ... sound recordist (uncredited)
John Morris ... sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Peter Albiez ... special effects foreperson (as Peter H. Albiez)
Kenneth C. Clark ... special effects technician
Chuck Gaspar ... special effects supervisor
Thomas Mertz ... special effects technician
Karl Nygren ... special effects technician (as Karl Eric Nygren)
Mike Wever ... special effects technician
Jeffrey A. Wischnack ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Rocco Gioffre ... matte artist

Stunts

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Alan Oliney ... stunt coordinator
Gene Hartline ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Bryn Boyd ... dolly grip
Philip Caplan ... camera operator
Ed Cooper ... assistant chief lighting technician (as Edward Cooper)
Joseph Cosko Jr. ... second assistant camera
Tom Embree ... set lighting technician
Jon Falkengren ... dolly grip
Norman Glasser ... chief lighting technician
Lloyd Gowdy ... set lighting technician
Lindsay P. Hill ... video assistant
Bud Howell ... first company grip (as Carmon 'Bud' Howell)
Frank Jones ... set lighting technician
Norman G. Langley ... camera operator
Donald Lewis ... set lighting technician (as Don Lewis)
Burton Lindemoen ... second company grip
Art Mack ... grip
Scott McKnight ... set lighting technician
Richard A. Mention III ... first assistant camera
John Nettles ... grip
Rick Robinson ... second assistant camera (as Ricardo Robinson)
Steve Shaver ... chief rigging electrician
Roger Spurgeon ... lighting technician: musco light
John Szajner ... first assistant camera
Bruce W. Talamon ... still photographer (as Bruce Talamon)
Francis X. Valdez III ... assistant chief lighting technician
Kip Wurl ... grip
Michael T. James ... grip (uncredited)
Ron Kunecke ... musco light operator (uncredited)
Michael Douglas Middleton ... still photographer: props (uncredited)
Randy Nolen ... steadicam operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Chemin Sylvia Bernard ... casting associate
Marc Brandin ... extras casting assistant
Barbara Harris ... voice casting
Maria Marten ... casting assistant
María Martín ... casting assistant
Dawn Robinson ... extras casting (as Dawn Tshombe)
Eddie Smith ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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James 'Mike' Balker ... wardrobe
Ed Burza ... wardrobe
Norman A. Burza ... key costumer
Roberto Carneiro ... wardrobe
Theresa Conant ... wardrobe
Richard W. Flores ... wardrobe
Darlene Jackson ... wardrobe
Violette Jones-Faison ... assistant costume designer
Theresa Laursen ... wardrobe (as Theresa Volpe Laursen)
Betty M. Nowell ... wardrobe
Loring I. Spicer ... wardrobe
Aida Swinson ... wardrobe (as Aida M. Swinson)
Andrea E. Weaver ... key costumer
Haleen K. Holt ... costume illustrator (uncredited)

Location Management

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Rene Botana ... location manager
Stephen C. Dawson ... location manager
James M. Morris ... location manager
Anthony J. Saenz ... location manager

Music Department

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Bunny Andrews ... music editor
Garnett Brown ... conductor / orchestrator
Joseph Love ... musician / recording engineer
Lise Richardson ... assistant music editor
Robert Schaper ... music recording consultant (as Bob Schaper)

Transportation Department

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Edward Baken ... transportation captain
Steve Bonner ... picture car captain
Thomas J. Hoke ... transportation coordinator
Mitch Friedman ... driver (uncredited)
Brita McCollough ... For Stars Caterers (uncredited)

Other crew

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Pamela Alch ... script supervisor (as Pamela M. Alch)
David Blumberg ... creative assistant to Mr. Hancock
Stanley Brossette ... unit publicist (as Stan Brossette)
Caryn E. Campbell ... production secretary
Fetteroff Colen ... production assistant
Desiree DaCosta ... assistant: Mr. Murphy
Yvonne Bonitto Doggett ... assistant: Mr. Wachs and Mr. Lipsky
Diane Farrington ... production assistant (as Dianne Farrington)
Karen Ginsberg ... period researcher
Michael Green ... production assistant
Nicholas Gross ... production assistant
Randy Harris ... production assistant
Jerome Holmes ... production assistant
Jennie Johnson ... assistant: Mr. Pryor
Tom Jones ... craft service
Harry Knapp ... assistant production auditor
Kim McLaren ... accounting assistant
Carolyn McLaurin ... production assistant
Julie McNulty ... production assistant
Leroy Murphy ... officer manager: Eddie Murphy Productions
Tom C. Peitzman ... assistant production office coordinator
Don Petrie ... production auditor
Barbara Rosing Hoke ... production office coordinator (as Barbara A. Rosing)
Neal Thompson ... title designer
Matt Unger ... production assistant (as Matthew Unger)
Jeanine Wilson ... assistant production auditor
Jack Wood ... coordinating motor officer: LAPD
Monika Woodward ... production assistant
Greg Knapp ... set medic (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

"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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Taglines They're up to something big. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Les nuits de Harlem (France)
  • Noches de Harlem (Spain)
  • Os Reis da Noite (Portugal)
  • Harlemin yöt (Finland)
  • Nopţi în Harlem (Romania)
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Runtime
  • 116 min
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Box Office

Budget $30,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $16,000,000
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $95,900,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia In his autobiography, "Pryor Convictions and Other Life Sentences (1997)", Richard Pryor states that he "never connected with Eddie [Murphy]. People talked about how my work had influenced Eddie, and perhaps it did. But I always thought Eddie's comedy was mean. I used to say, "Eddie, be a little nice" and that would piss him off. I finished Harlem Nights thinking that Eddie didn't like me." 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Public Enemies (1996). See more »
Soundtracks Black Beauty See more »
Quotes Richie Vento: Yeah, get me Hollycourt 55377. Hello, it's Daddy. Hey, darling. Put Mommy on the phone. Yeah, Barbara, it's Richie. Yeah lookit, I ain't never coming home no more. Take it easy.
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