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Harlem Nights (1989)

During the 1930s, a New York City illegal gambling house owner and his associates must deal with strong competition, gangsters, and corrupt cops in order to stay in business.

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Eddie Murphy

Writer:

Eddie Murphy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Murphy ... Quick
Richard Pryor ... Sugar Ray
Redd Foxx ... Bennie Wilson
Danny Aiello ... Phil Cantone
Michael Lerner ... Bugsy Calhoune
Della Reese ... Vera
Berlinda Tolbert ... Annie
Stan Shaw ... Jack Jenkins
Jasmine Guy ... Dominique La Rue
Vic Polizos ... Richie Vento
Lela Rochon ... Sunshine
David Marciano ... Tony
Arsenio Hall ... Crying Man
Thomas Mikal Ford ... Tommy Smalls (as Tommy Ford)
Uncle Ray Murphy Uncle Ray Murphy ... Willie (as Uncle Ray)
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Storyline

"Sugar" Ray is the owner of an illegal casino, who contend with the pressures of vicious gangsters and corrupt policemen who want to see him go out of business. In the world of organized crime and police corruption in the 1930s, any dastardly trick is fair.

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They're up to something big.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los reyes de la noche See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,096,808, 19 November 1989

Gross USA:

$60,864,870

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,864,870
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie's soundtrack featured seven classic tracks by legendary African-American pianist, Composer, and jazz orchestrator Duke Ellington. The tunes, written or co-written by Ellington, were "Black Beauty", "Mood Indigo", "Take The 'A' Train", "The Gal From Joe's", "Sophisticated Lady", "Drop Me Off In Harlem", and "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)". See more »

Goofs

After Jack Jenkins leaves Sugar Ray's and Quick's table in the restaurant, they talk about the 3 to 1 odds they will receive on Jenkins for the upcoming fight. When Phil and Bugsy are talking in the sauna, They say the odds for Jenkins' opponent, Kirkpatrick are 3 to 1. They are saying that the odds on both fighters are the same. See more »

Quotes

Vera: YOU shut the fuck up, Bennie! I would tell you to kiss my ass, but knowing you, you probably can't find it, you blind motherfucker!
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.56 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Just One More Chance
Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
Performed by Billie Holiday
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Bullets and Blue Language, But Laughs, Too
15 January 2001 | by EmperorNortonIISee all my reviews

A lot of people have commented on the violence and profanities in this movie. I guess it could have gotten by without so many foul words. But this movie is still funny! The most hilarious scenes are Eddie Murphy's fistfight with Della Reese, and his shootout with Arsenio Hall. Say what you will about Eddie Murphy, but he can still crack you up!


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