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Black Rose of Harlem (1996)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | March 1996 (USA)
A tragic love story set against the turbulent backdrop of the 1920's Chicago jazz clubs. Georgia, a beautiful black singer catches the eye of mobster Johnny Varona. But Johnny is betrothed ... See full summary »

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Fred Gallo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cynda Williams ... Georgia
Nick Cassavetes ... Johnny
Joe Viterelli ... Costanza
Lawrence Monoson ... Joey
Richard Brooks ... Yancey
Garrett Morris ... Wisdom
Richard T. Jones ... Cateye
Tony Burton ... Turner
Maria Ford ... Alba
Marcus Aurelius Marcus Aurelius ... Newby
Eb Lottimer ... Lou
Rodger Halston ... Giani
Paul Eckstein ... Announcer (as Paul S. Eckstein)
Emile B. Levisetti ... Walter (as Emile Levisetti)
Arthur Roberts ... Mills
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A tragic love story set against the turbulent backdrop of the 1920's Chicago jazz clubs. Georgia, a beautiful black singer catches the eye of mobster Johnny Varona. But Johnny is betrothed to the daughter of mob boss Costanza, a man you don't say no to... and live! Can Johnny and Georgia find a way to fulfill their love -and- stay alive? Or will the mob prove to be an insurmountable force. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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A ruthless gangster... A seductive jazz singer... Together they had a mean case of...

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Action | Crime | Drama

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

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Machine Gun Blues See more »

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Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Connections

Referenced in The Erotic Misadventures of the Invisible Man (2003) See more »

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Jellyroll
Written by Jay Bolton & Mary Eller
Published by Roger and Julie Music (ASCAP)
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Lots of violence and trite dialogue
5 June 2000 | by Sleepy-17See all my reviews

It's ironic when Joe Viterelli as the Godfather-type keeps telling Nick Cassavetes as the trusted henchman that he's "smart" after he's just said some of the most simple-minded suggestions ever heard in New York. Idiotic Italians abound (and it's quite derogatory--Frank Sinatra was right about these stupid, endless Mafia movies) in this black vs. white Romeo and Juliet story. The "jazz" is imitative and lousy, but Lawrence Monoson is quite enjoyable as the sleazy bad guy. Overall, a minus for Roger Corman as producer.


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