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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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Marc Levin

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Credited cast:
Leroy 'Nicky' Barnes Leroy 'Nicky' Barnes ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Breitbart David Breitbart ... Self - Nicky Barnes' Attorney
Walter Cronkite ... Self (archive footage)
Louie Diaz Louie Diaz ... Self - Undercover DEA Agent
Don Ferrarone Don Ferrarone ... Self - DEA Agent (as Donald Ferrarone)
Fred Ferretti Fred Ferretti ... Self - NY Times Reporter
Larry Gerhold Larry Gerhold ... Self - NYPD Detective
Robert Geronimo Robert Geronimo ... Self - DEA Informant
Rudy Giuliani ... Self (archive footage)
Thelma Grant Thelma Grant ... Self - Nicky Barnes' Ex-Wife
Carol Hawkins-Williams Carol Hawkins-Williams ... Self (as Carol Williams)
Jacqueline Hayden Jacqueline Hayden ... Self - Wife of Joseph 'Jazz' Hayden
Joseph Hayden Joseph Hayden ... Self (as Joseph 'Jazz' Hayden)
Louie Jones Louie Jones ... Self - Former Heroin User
Frank Lucas ... Self (archive footage)
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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

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Documentary | Crime

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Did You Know?

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Hard Times
Written and performed by Curtis Mayfield
Published by Warner-Tamerlane Pub. Corp.
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Co./Custom Classics Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group, Film & TV Licensing
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A Saint in a world of Sinners
6 November 2007 | by Vlad 1See all my reviews

Sitting at the Cinema Village the other night was a mind-blowing experience.There was more to Leroy "Nicky" Barnes: the man, then Cuba Gooding Jr: the actor could have ever portrayed in "American Gangster". Marc Levin has captured the real deal with "Mr. Untouchable", he paints a picture of the drug-infested landscape of the forgotten Harlem in the 1970's.We are reminded of how Harlem was before the War on Drugs was initiated in the Nixon administration.This was a true story of cops and robbers, dealers and kingpins, junkies and victims.Where bodies were dumped in the 1970's-hipsters now guzzle down Pumpkin Spice Lattes at the newest Harlem Starbucks.There will never be another Nicky Barnes.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Untouchable - Der Drogenpate der Bronx See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,280, 28 October 2007

Gross USA:

$104,678

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$104,678
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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