Hell up in Harlem

Hell up in Harlem

Director: Larry Cohen, Janelle Cohen Cast: Fred Williamson, Julius Harris

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Overview

Hell up in Harlem

This hastily assembled sequel to the blaxploitation hit Black Caesar downplays the gritty drama of that film to create a pure action tale with a comic book flavor. The story begins with badly wounded crimelord Tommy Gibbs (Fred Williamson) escaping an assassination attempt masterminded by corrupt District Attorney DiAngelo (Gerald Gordon) with the help of his estranged father, Papa Gibbs (Julius Harris). When DiAngelo's thugs attempt to kill him, Papa fights back and joins his son's criminal organization, a move that angers Gibb's top henchman Zach (Tony King). As Tommy and Papa build up their criminal empire, Zach secretly plots against them with DiAngelo. Zach also murders Helen (Gloria Hendry), Tommy's traitorous ex-wife, and pins in it on Papa to drive a wedge between them. Tommy gives up his New York crime operation and runs off to California. Papa takes over the operation, only to get killed by Zach during a fistfight. Angered by his father's death, Tommy returns to settle the score with Zach and DiAngelo. Hell up in Harlem delivers plenty of action set pieces and did fairly well at the box office, but lacks the consistency and the dramatic punch that made Black Caesar so memorable. As a result, it is considered to be one of Larry Cohen's lesser efforts. ~ Donald Guarisco

Product Details

Release Date: 08/29/2017
UPC: 0887090136112
Original Release: 1973
Rating: R
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: A
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 21,370

Special Features

Trailer; NEW audio commentary with director Larry Cohen, moderated by Steve Mitchell, director of the upcoming documentary King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred Williamson Tommy Gibbs
Julius Harris Papa Gibbs
Gloria Hendry Helen Bradley
Margaret Avery Sister Jennifer
D'Urville Martin Reverend Rufus
Tony King Zach
Gerald Gordon Mr. DiAngelo
Bobby Ramsen Actor

Technical Credits
Larry Cohen Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Janelle Cohen Director,Co-producer,Screenwriter
Franco Guerri Editor
Fenton Hamilton Cinematographer
Peter Honess Editor
Larry Lurin Production Designer
Fonce Mizell Score Composer
Freddie Perren Score Composer
Peter Sabiston Executive Producer
Alex Vanderkar Sound/Sound Designer

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