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Writer:
Larry Cohen (written by)
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Release Date:
7 February 1973 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Hail Caesar, Godfather of Harlem...The Cat with the .45-Caliber Claws!
Plot:
Tommy Gibbs is a tough kid, raised in the ghetto, who aspires to be a kingpin criminal. As a young boy... See more » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Shouldn't be so cool but it is. See more (35 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fred Williamson ... Tommy Gibbs

Gloria Hendry ... Helen
Art Lund ... McKinney

D'Urville Martin ... Reverend Rufus

Julius Harris ... Mr. Gibbs (as Julius W. Harris)
Minnie Gentry ... Momma Gibbs
Philip Roye ... Joe Washington
William Wellman Jr. ... Alfred Coleman

James Dixon ... Bryant

Val Avery ... Cardoza
Patrick McAllister ... Grossfield

Don Pedro Colley ... Crawdaddy
Myrna Hansen ... Virginia Coleman
Omer Jeffrey ... Tommy as a Boy
Michael Jeffrey ... Joe as a Boy
Allan Bailey ... Motor (as Allen W. Bailey)
Cecil Alonzo ... Sport
Francisco De Gracia ... Cab Driver (as Francisco DeGracia)
Larry Lurin ... Carlos
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Andrew Duggan ... Man at Shoeshine (uncredited)

Directed by
Larry Cohen 
 
Writing credits
Larry Cohen (written by)

Produced by
Larry Cohen .... producer
James Dixon .... associate producer
Peter Sabiston .... executive producer
Janelle Webb .... co-producer (as Janelle Cohen)
Benjamin Fisz .... producer (uncredited)
Kenneth Rive .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
James Brown 
 
Cinematography by
Fenton Hamilton (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Folsey Jr. 
 
Casting by
Mike Carey 
Michael D. Corey  (as Mike Corey)
 
Production Design by
Larry Lurin 
 
Makeup Department
Rick Baker .... makeup designer (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Allan Bailey .... production manager: New York (as Allen W. Bailey)
 
Sound Department
Marvin Kerner .... sound effects editor
Alex Vanderkar .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Rick Baker .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Nick Dimitri .... stunts (uncredited)
Orwin C. Harvey .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Holt .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Minor .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
James Winburn .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Dunn .... camera operator
Alex Fernbach .... camera operator
Deke Gibson .... still photographer (as 'Deek' Gibson)
Mike Horner .... camera operator (as Don Hart)
Robert Isenberg .... camera operator (as Bob Isenberg)
James Signorelli .... director of photography: Harlem sequence
Stu Spahn .... camera operator
 
Casting Department
Black Beauty .... casting: New York
 
Editorial Department
Franco Guerri .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Barry De Vorzon .... music supervisor (as Barry DeVorzon)
Lenny Stack .... composer: song "Big Daddy"
Janelle Webb .... composer: song "Big Daddy" (as Janelle Cohen)
 
Transportation Department
Francisco De Gracia .... transportation manager (as Francisco DeGracia)
 
Other crew
Cecil Alonzo .... production coordinator
Franco Guerri .... production assistant
Paul Stader .... technical advisor
Joan Tucker .... script girl
David Sheldon .... production executive (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Godfather of Harlem" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
"Чёрный цезарь" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Black Caesar - Il Padrino nero" - Italy
"Black Caesar, le parrain de Harlem" - France (imdb display title)
"Black Max" - Germany (DVD title)
"Der Pate von Harlem" - West Germany (TV title)
"El padrino de Harlem" - Spain
"Fekete Caesar" - Hungary (imdb display title)
"Godfather of Harlem (Der Pate von Harlem)" - West Germany (imdb display title)
"Harlemin babasi" - Turkey (Turkish title) (imdb display title)
"Heiße Hölle Harlem" - West Germany
"L'emperador negre" - Spain (Catalan title)
"Mavros gigas" - Greece (reissue title)
"Musta keisari" - Finland
"O Chefão de New York" - Brazil (cable TV title)
"O Chefão de Nova York" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"O mavros nonos" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Street Kill" - Denmark (video box title)
"T. Gibb - The Harlem Fighter" - West Germany (video title)
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Runtime:
87 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Originally offered to Sammy Davis Jr., who turned it down.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The mob boss's forks, in the Italian restaurant.See more »
Quotes:
Tommy Gibbs:You can sleep until noon, if you want anything, just press a button.
Mama Gibbs:Me? Live in this apartment? Why they'd hang me right off that terrace, Jew folks ain't even allowed here.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Down and Out in New York CitySee more »

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Shouldn't be so cool but it is., 22 November 2004
Author: Brian Ellis from Chantilly, VA

A low budget remake of "Little Caesar" with a scene from "Scarface" thrown in should not be this enjoyable. Credit two people: star Fred Williamson and writer/director,Larry Cohen. In Williamson's hands, Tommy Gibbs is a magnetic presence. He is very cool and smart. His success is no surprise but also his downfall is no surprise. How he turns could have been overplayed or understated for an actor with more ego. The scene was necessary and effective because in the end this movie was not about glamorizing gangsters. Cohen's contributions are also significant. He understood he wasn't making a message film, even though the message is there. The movie is full of bloody violence (it seemed to me that during the pool massacre, some of the victims were spouting blood before they were shot) because that was what fans of this genre wanted. In the end, however, viewers see that even with James Brown blaring about what a bad mutha Tommy Gibbs was, he was just as much a pawn as everyone else. Of course, the sequel would change that thought.

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