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Director:
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:
Black coolness! 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
Country:
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Australia:R | Finland:(Banned) (1988) | Netherlands:16 | Singapore:PG | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #23539) | USA:TV-MA (certificate #23539) (cable rating) | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Cameo: Andrew Duggan as 'man at shoeshine.'See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: In one scene, Fred Williamson is seen walking down the sidewalk. Look closely, and you can see a length of mic cord trailing from his leg.See more »
Quotes:
Tommy Gibbs:[at Mama's funeral] I gave her everything she wanted, Rufus, but she still wasn't ever happy.
Reverend Rufus:You know, I almost feel like I could pray for her.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Happiness Is No Fun. (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
White Lightning (I Mean Moonshine)See more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Black coolness!, 3 August 2002
Author: DJ Inferno

Larry Cohen´s "Black Caesar" is next to the amazing "Foxy Brown" one of my absolute favorite Blaxploitation movies! It´s full of heavy gun violence, cynical humor and Fred Williamson in the lead is probably the coolest male Afro American actor of the 1970s! Take also note of the funky disco soundtrack by the Godfather of Soul James Brown! Will catch the indirect sequel "Hell Up in Harlem" soon, so watch out for my upcoming review!

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