Watch Across 110th Street
- 1 hr 42 min
Across 110th Street is the 1972 crime drama about an African American police lieutenant who has to join forces with a racist police captain to solve a murder case. The film was directed by Barry Shear and based on the novel by Wally Farris. The movie begins when a crew of three African American males bust in on a Mafia run racketeering operation in Harlem. The robbery results in the theft of over $300,000 and the murder of several Mafia henchmen and two patrol officers. Lieutenant Pope (Yaphet Kotto) and Captain Matelli (Anthony Quinn) must work together to find the identities of the robbers before the Mafia honcho Nick D'Salvio (Anthony Franciosa) finds them. Pope and Matelli immediately butt heads. Pope's calm, by-the-book demeanor doesn't sit well with Matelli's brash personality and penchant for spewing racial slurs. Matelli is still of the old guard and believes in violence and brute force to extract information. With the police and Mafia hot on their tail, the robbers, Jim Harris (Paul Benjamin), Joe Logart (Ed Bernard), and Henry Jackson (Antonio Fargas), are forced to go on the run. D'Salvio's police department snitch provides him information that leads him to Henry, who is camped out in a whorehouse. Henry is questioned and subjected to an extremely violent and brutal revenge. D'Salvio also leans on Harlem kingpin Doc Johnson (Richard Ward) for information. Logart is finally hunted down by D'Salvio and his men. After killing a few of D'Salvio's henchmen, he is dropped from the roof of a building. Harris has heard the news of the others and realizes his options are few. With time running out, Pope and Matelli finally overcome their differences to crack the case. In the film's final confrontation, Harris' back is against the wall, and he is forced to make a dire decision.