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A Rage in Harlem (1991)

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A beautiful black gangster's moll flees to Harlem with a trunkload of gold after a shootout, unaware that the rest of the gang, and a few other unsavoury characters, are on her trail. A ... See full summary »

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Bill Duke

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Chester Himes (novel), John Toles-Bey (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Forest Whitaker ... Jackson
Gregory Hines ... Goldy
Robin Givens ... Imabelle
Zakes Mokae ... Big Kathy
Danny Glover ... Easy Money
Badja Djola ... Slim
John Toles-Bey ... Jodie
Tyler Collins Tyler Collins ... Teena
Ron Taylor ... Hank
Samm-Art Williams Samm-Art Williams ... Gus Parsons
Stack Pierce Stack Pierce ... Coffin Ed
Willard E. Pugh ... Claude X
Helen Martin ... Mrs. Canfield
Wendell Pierce ... Louis
T.K. Carter ... Smitty
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Storyline

A beautiful black gangster's moll flees to Harlem with a trunkload of gold after a shootout, unaware that the rest of the gang, and a few other unsavoury characters, are on her trail. A pudgy momma's boy becomes the object of her affections and the unlikely hero of the tale. Written by Anonymous

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In the next 24 hours they'll have to outrun the law, outsmart the mob and outshoot the competition.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sensuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rage in Harlem - La reine des pommes See more »

Filming Locations:

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,438,504
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Palace Pictures,Miramax See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Halfway through production, produced Stephen Woolley who had set up the film as a drama with comedic undertones was in heated discussions with director Bill Duke and realized that he was taking the film too seriously. The two disagreed on the ultimate approach. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in the 1950's but if you look out of the train window in the last scene you'll see 1990's cars. See more »

Quotes

Goldy: Did you hear what they said? There's gold in Harlem!
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One the best gangster films ever
8 February 2002 | by dee.reidSee all my reviews

Robin Givens stars in this brilliant action-comedy-crime-thriller flick about a gangster's moll, who after a bloody shoot-out in the beginning, flees to Harlem with a trunkload of gold. She later finds herself involved with a shy assistant(the always dependable Forest Whitaker). They predictably fall in love and pretty soon Givens' presumed dead boyfriend comes to town looking for her and the gold.

As my one line summary states it, this is one the best gangster movies ever made. In the vein of such gangster films like "The Untouchables" or "Hoodlum", "A Rage in Harlem" ranks pretty high up there. Director Bill Duke who directed Laurence Fishburne in the very stylish "Deep Cover" and the gritty "Hoodlum" is at the top of his game here. The 1950s setting really adds to the overall greatness of this movie.

Robin Givens is excellent and very beautiful in a role that seems almost perfectly suited for her. Forest Whitaker plays his role almost too good. Not only does fit his part but he looks it as well.

To sum it up, this movie is excellent. The direction, acting, and casting are all top notch.

10/10


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