The "true story" of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson, who in the early 1960s returned from ten years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control.Written by
This is (sort of) a prequel to American Gangster (2007) starring Denzel Washington. In that movie, Washington portrays Frank Lucas, who, in real life, ends up seizing control of the Harlem heroin market and all of Harlem from the 'retiring' Bumpy Johnson portrayed by Forest Whitaker in this series. However, in the 2007 movie 'American Gangster,' he was portrayed by Clarence Williams III who is best known for the role of Lincoln 'Linc' Hayes on Mod Squad (1968). See more »
If you like American Gangster with Denzel Washington, you will probably love Godfather of Harlem. Denzel's character Frank Lucas was Bumpy's right hand until he took over the throne.The historical chratcters and well played acting by Forrest Whitaker looks mores tham prommising and I look forward to see the following episodes. Whitaker really nails this role and I have been missing Whitaker in a strong role for many years. If you like the Gangster genre I have no doubt that you will love Godfather of Harlem.
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