Hell Up In Harlem

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"Black Godfather is back... and there's gonna be hell up in Harlem!"
  • R
  • 1973
  • 1 hr 34 min
  • 5.9  (1,703)

Hell Up In Harlem is a gripping crime drama from 1973, directed by Larry Cohen and starring Fred Williamson, Julius Harris, and Gloria Hendry. The movie is a sequel to Black Caesar. The story revolves around Tommy Gibbs, a notorious Harlem mafia leader who thought he had finally protected his empire, but as it turns out, he was mistaken. An assassination attempt goes wrong when, during an exchange of gunfire, Gibbs' mother is killed. Upon his mother's deathbed, Gibbs, taken aback by the guilt, promises to change his ways, leave his life of crime, and dedicate himself to doing good.

However, forces within his organization are not interested in changing, and they make it clear they want him out of the picture entirely. Gibbs runs, but it takes him little time to see that he cannot abandon the people he once fought for so passionately. He rises once again, rallying his troops and becoming stronger, determined to take down those who want him dead.

In his quest for revenge, Gibbs finds himself standing in the crosshairs of several characters, including his ambitious girlfriend, her father, and his own father, a similarly corrupt and powerful figure. With all these obstacles in his way, it remains to be seen whether Gibbs can keep his promise, put an end to the bloodshed, and finally live the life he's always wanted.

The movie features a fantastic cast, with Fred Williamson delivering a standout performance as Tommy Gibbs. He portrays the character with a potent mix of charm and brutality, never shying away from the rough edges that come with being a crime lord. Julius Harris is also impressive as the vengeful Papa Gibbs, while Gloria Hendry gives a compelling portrayal of a woman out to get what she wants.

Additionally, the movie's soundtrack is excellent, featuring music by Edwin Starr, Johnny Pate, and Fonce Mizell.

Overall, Hell Up In Harlem is a thrilling affair, with plenty of action, drama, and suspense to keep audiences engaged. The movie deftly explores themes of power, loyalty, and the cost of violence, while also delivering some iconic moments that have since become staples of the Blaxploitation genre.

If you're a fan of crime dramas or the Blaxploitation genre, then Hell Up In Harlem is an absolute must-see.

Hell Up In Harlem is a 1973 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 34 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.9.

Hell Up In Harlem
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    5.9  (1,703)