A Rage in Harlem

A Rage in Harlem

DVD - 200-?
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A beautiful young woman from Mississippi arrives in Harlem with a chest full of stolen gold. Everybody wants a piece of the action, including a mobster, a con man, and a collection of crooks. But all a virginal accountant wants is the love of the beautiful young woman!
Publisher: [United States] : Miramax ; Burbank, Calif. : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [200-?], c1991.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Dec 15, 2013

Chester Himes wrote some of my favorite hardboiled fiction featuring the two awesomely named Harlem detectives Coffin Ed and Gravedigger Jones. As far as I know, there are only two films made from these books, "Cotton Comes to Harlem," which came out at the height of blaxsploitation and this, which came out during the 90s Af-Am film boom. It has a shockingly low score on imdb (5.7) and doesn't have much of a following, which is too bad, as it's a pretty good adaptation of the novel with a fine cast. Directed by actor Bill Duke, it has a nice sense of the period and a fine cast, including Forest Whittaker, Gregory Hines, a smoldering Robin Givens and Danny Glover. It was representative of several important trends of the early 90s: gangster films, black indie and period crime films. Look for R&B madman Screamin' Jay Hawkins in a night club scene and a very young Wendell "Bunk from The Wire" Pierce.


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