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Across 110th Street
     

Across 110th Street

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Director: Barry Shear

Cast: Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto, Anthony Franciosa

 

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Across 110th Street is a violent urban thriller about a corrupt, older white cop (Anthony Quinn) and an honest, young African-American cop (Yaphet Kotto) chasing three robbers-cum-murderers who ran away with $300,000 that belonged to the Italian mob. The police must find them before the sadistic Mafia henchman Nick D'Salvio (Anthony Franciosa) reaches them

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Across 110th Street is a violent urban thriller about a corrupt, older white cop (Anthony Quinn) and an honest, young African-American cop (Yaphet Kotto) chasing three robbers-cum-murderers who ran away with $300,000 that belonged to the Italian mob. The police must find them before the sadistic Mafia henchman Nick D'Salvio (Anthony Franciosa) reaches them first. The film has reached a cult status; the title song, performed by Bobby Womack, was later used in Jackie Brown, Quentin Tarantino's extended homage to the crime flicks of the 1970s.

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Although it is often lumped in with the blaxploitation boom of the early '70s, Across 110th Street is actually a gritty police procedural with a strong element of social commentary. The cast attacks the material with straight-faced gusto, with the central focus being the fiery, compelling battle of wills between straight-arrow newcomer Yaphet Kotto and Anthony Quinn as his good-hearted but corrupt older partner. Anthony Franciosa also makes a frighteningly vivid impression as an aging small-time mobster whose hunger for power drives him to psychotic brutality in his pursuit of the hapless thieves. Across 110th Street is also notable because it allows drama to take precedence over the action instead of vice versa. Scenes of Kotto and Quinn grappling over issues of racism and corruption in the police department are just as important to the film as the central story line of the mafia chasing the thieves. This doesn't mean that the film skimps on action, in fact, it is full of tough, tightly edited action scenes like the opening tenement apartment heist and an explosive rooftop shootout. However, these moments eschew the comic-book tone of most action films in favor of a raw, unflinching sense of brutality likely to make even the toughest viewers squirm in their seats. Barry Shear's atmospheric direction weaves the many subplots together in a skillful fashion and effectively captures the grimy, claustrophobic feel of the story through a combination of location shooting and mobile, often handheld camera work. Finally, the film's tough but emotional style is sealed by a bittersweet soul score from Bobby Womack (years later, Quentin Tarantino chose this film's title song to open and close Jackie Brown). All in all, Across 110th Street is a powerhouse effort that succeeds both as an incisive social drama and an intense police thriller.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2014
UPC:
0738329138127
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
R
Source:
Kl Studio Classics
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
28,897

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Quinn Capt. Frank Mattelli
Yaphet Kotto Det. Lt. Pope
Anthony Franciosa Nick D'Salvio
Paul Benjamin Jim Harris
Ed Bernard Joe Logart
Richard Ward Doc Johnson
Charles McGregor Chink
Joseph Attles Mr. Jessup
Antonio Fargas Henry Jackson
Gilbert Lewis Shevvy
Tim O'Connor Lt. Hartnett
Marlene Warfield Mrs. Jackson
Norma Donaldson Gloria Roberts
Bobby Womack Singer

Technical Credits
Barry Shear Director,Executive Producer
Byron Brandt Editor
Enrico Cortese Makeup
Luther Davis Screenwriter
Marion Dougherty Casting
J.J. Johnson Score Composer
Joe Lombardi Special Effects
Carl Pingitore Editor
Jack Priestley Cinematographer
John E. Quill Asst. Director
Anthony Quinn Executive Producer
Fouad Said Producer
Ralph Serpe Producer
Richard Stenta Associate Producer
Perry Watkins Art Director
Bobby Womack Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Across 110th Street
1. Chapter I
2. Chapter II
3. Chapter III
4. Chapter IV
5. Chapter V
6. Chapter VI
7. Chapter VII
8. Chapter VIII

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Across 110th Street 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This is a slick, brainy drama that was under appreciated. Look beyond the violence and the soul of this film is its toughness and attentive detail. Barry Shear knew how to move celluloid and this was one of his finest efforts. The performances, both lead and secondary are worthwhile. But the true unpolished gem is Bobby Womack's soundtrack, which runs a close second to Curtis Mayfield's immortal SUPERFLY. The best cuts are the title track, ''Quicksand'' and ''If You Don't Want My Love.'' Too bad none of them charted.