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Mr. Untouchable (2007)

The true-life story of a Harlem's notorious Nicky Barnes, a junkie turned multimillionaire drug-lord, MR. UNTOUCHABLE takes its audience deep inside the heroin industry of the 1970s. The ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Leroy 'Nicky' Barnes Leroy 'Nicky' Barnes ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matez Almas Matez Almas ... Jonesy (as Grey Almas)
Taurin Almas Taurin Almas ... Mr. Untouchable
David Breitbart David Breitbart ... Himself - Nicky Barnes' Attorney
Walter Cronkite ... Himself (archive footage)
Louie Diaz Louie Diaz ... Himself - Undercover DEA Agent
Don Ferrarone Don Ferrarone ... Himself - DEA Agent (as Donald Ferrarone)
Fred Ferretti Fred Ferretti ... Himself - NY Times Reporter
Larry Gerhold Larry Gerhold ... Himself - NYPD Detective
Robert Geronimo Robert Geronimo ... Himself - DEA Informant
Rudy Giuliani ... Himself (archive footage)
Thelma Grant Thelma Grant ... Herself - Nicky Barnes' Ex-Wife
Carol Hawkins-Williams Carol Hawkins-Williams ... Herself (as Carol Williams)
Jacqueline Hayden Jacqueline Hayden ... Herself - Wife of Joseph 'Jazz' Hayden
Joseph Hayden Joseph Hayden ... Himself (as Joseph 'Jazz' Hayden)


The true-life story of a Harlem's notorious Nicky Barnes, a junkie turned multimillionaire drug-lord, MR. UNTOUCHABLE takes its audience deep inside the heroin industry of the 1970s. The most powerful black drug kingpin in New York City history, Barnes came from humble beginnings to make himself and his comrades rich beyond their wildest dreams, ultimately reaching national infamy in 1977 when the New York Times put him on the front cover of their magazine with the headline "Mr. Untouchable". Soon after, it all came crumbling down, and facing a life sentence without parole, Barnes started naming names. With the first hand testimony from "the black Godfather" himself, this documentary tells an epic story of business, excess, greed and revenge. Written by Magnolia Films

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Godfather or Snitch


Documentary | Crime


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Release Date:

26 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Untouchable - Der Drogenpate der Bronx See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,280, 26 October 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$103,590, 18 November 2007
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Leroy 'Nicky' Barnes: When a user comes on the street to buy, they don't say "who's the meanest mother... at here". They say "who's got the best powder?". Nicky Barnes got the best powder.
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Referenced in Teen Wolf: The Tell (2011) See more »


I Get Lifted
Written by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch
Performed by George McCrae
Published by EMI Longitude Music Co.
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Co.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group, Film & TV Licensing
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1 April 2012 | by billcr12See all my reviews

Mr. Untouchable tells the story of the Harlem drug kingpin Nicky Barnes who had built up a multi million dollar empire in New York City into the 1970s and because of his nickname which is used in the title, drew the attention of then President Jimmy Carter who was so incensed that he made it a priority of the attorney general to take down the notorious criminal.

Director Marc Levin relies heavily on Mr. Barnes during extensive interviews for most of the documentary, and what should be a riveting tale somehow becomes tedious as the former convict is just not all that interesting. He complains about former associates turning against him and the deal he made to become an informant with d.a. Rudy Guliani to shorten his prison sentence. I was expecting a charismatic, charming, insightful man due to his wide ranging experiences, but instead a crashing bore who belongs in jail.

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