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Mr. Untouchable (2007)

The true-life story of a Harlem's notorious Nicky Barnes, a junkie turned multimillionaire drug-lord, MR. UNTOUCHABLE takes its audience deep inside the heroin industry of the 1970s. The ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Leroy 'Nicky' Barnes Leroy 'Nicky' Barnes ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matez Almas Matez Almas ... Jonesy (as Grey Almas)
Taurin Almas Taurin Almas ... Mr. Untouchable
David Breitbart David Breitbart ... Himself - Nicky Barnes' Attorney
Walter Cronkite ... Himself (archive footage)
Louie Diaz Louie Diaz ... Himself - Undercover DEA Agent
Don Ferrarone Don Ferrarone ... Himself - DEA Agent (as Donald Ferrarone)
Fred Ferretti Fred Ferretti ... Himself - NY Times Reporter
Larry Gerhold Larry Gerhold ... Himself - NYPD Detective
Robert Geronimo Robert Geronimo ... Himself - DEA Informant
Rudy Giuliani ... Himself (archive footage)
Thelma Grant Thelma Grant ... Herself - Nicky Barnes' Ex-Wife
Carol Hawkins-Williams Carol Hawkins-Williams ... Herself (as Carol Williams)
Jacqueline Hayden Jacqueline Hayden ... Herself - Wife of Joseph 'Jazz' Hayden
Joseph Hayden Joseph Hayden ... Himself (as Joseph 'Jazz' Hayden)
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The true-life story of a Harlem's notorious Nicky Barnes, a junkie turned multimillionaire drug-lord, MR. UNTOUCHABLE takes its audience deep inside the heroin industry of the 1970s. The most powerful black drug kingpin in New York City history, Barnes came from humble beginnings to make himself and his comrades rich beyond their wildest dreams, ultimately reaching national infamy in 1977 when the New York Times put him on the front cover of their magazine with the headline "Mr. Untouchable". Soon after, it all came crumbling down, and facing a life sentence without parole, Barnes started naming names. With the first hand testimony from "the black Godfather" himself, this documentary tells an epic story of business, excess, greed and revenge. Written by Magnolia Films

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Godfather or Snitch

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Documentary | Crime

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Untouchable - Der Drogenpate der Bronx See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,280, 26 October 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$103,590, 18 November 2007
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Leroy 'Nicky' Barnes: When a user comes on the street to buy, they don't say "who's the meanest mother... at here". They say "who's got the best powder?". Nicky Barnes got the best powder.
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Pusherman
Written and performed by Curtis Mayfield
Published by Warner-Tamerlane Pub. Corp./Todd-Mayfield Music
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Co./Custom Classics Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group, Film & TV Licensing
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The Best Example of Ethnic Succession
20 June 2014 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

The most powerful black drug kingpin in New York City history, Nicky Barnes came from humble beginnings to make himself and his comrades rich beyond their wildest dreams, ultimately reaching national infamy in 1977 when the New York Times put him on the front cover of their magazine.

In organized crime, there is a theory called ethnic succession that explains how the Italians took over criminal enterprise from the Irish. For decades there was speculation that the black community would take over from the Italians. For the most part, this has failed to materialize, with black gangs being largely unprofessional and unorganized. Nicky Barnes and his organization is the big exception.

Everything I know about Barnes I learned from this documentary, which does a great job of explaining his place in history and how he was targeted by law enforcement. Some interesting points are made. Certainly he deserved to be targeted. But was it a real conspiracy?


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