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A Rage in Harlem (1991)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 3 May 1991 (USA)
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A beautiful black gangster's moll flees to Harlem with a trunkload of gold after a shootout, unaware that the rest of the gang, and a few other unsavoury characters, are on her trail. A ... See full summary »

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Bill Duke

Writers:

Chester Himes (novel), John Toles-Bey (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Forest Whitaker ... Jackson
Gregory Hines ... Goldy
Robin Givens ... Imabelle
Zakes Mokae ... Big Kathy
Danny Glover ... Easy Money
Badja Djola ... Slim
John Toles-Bey ... Jodie
Tyler Collins Tyler Collins ... Teena
Ron Taylor ... Hank
Samm-Art Williams Samm-Art Williams ... Gus Parsons
Stack Pierce Stack Pierce ... Coffin Ed
Willard E. Pugh ... Claude X
Helen Martin ... Mrs. Canfield
Wendell Pierce ... Louis
T.K. Carter ... Smitty
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Storyline

A beautiful black gangster's moll flees to Harlem with a trunkload of gold after a shootout, unaware that the rest of the gang, and a few other unsavoury characters, are on her trail. A pudgy momma's boy becomes the object of her affections and the unlikely hero of the tale. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

In the next 24 hours they'll have to outrun the law, outsmart the mob and outshoot the competition.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rage in Harlem - La reine des pommes See more »

Filming Locations:

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,458,080, 5 May 1991

Gross USA:

$10,438,504

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,438,504
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Palace Pictures, Miramax See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bill Duke was given the directorial assignment because of his experience helming several episodes of Hill Street Blues (1981). See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in the 1950's but if you look out of the train window in the last scene you'll see 1990's cars. See more »

Quotes

Goldy: Did you hear what they said? There's gold in Harlem!
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Harlem's finest
1 June 2016 | by pzivojinovicSee all my reviews

The story revolves around a chest of gold. People find it and lose it, people kill and die for it. Deceit is the currency for everyone. Well, for everyone but Jackson, whose candid innocence and unwavering faith in his love and his Imabelle brings some light in what's basically a very dark tale. And this is true even with all the humor and the wit which is indeed in the story. There's violence here, there's bad things happening, but there's tenderness too, and caring, and straightforward humour. The actors are familiar stars, back when a bit younger (produced in 1991). But their talent is very evident here, shown through every twist and tumble of the cliff-hangers throughout the film. And the print is fine indeed; along with all production values. Forest Whitaker, Danny Glover, Robin Givens and Gregory Hines all give their all; everything, action, bawdy humor, music, all shine through.

The fast pace, the witty dialogues, the honest rendering of human flaws and strength reminded me a lot of the book, even if some of the dynamics are different. Still I enjoyed what's new in the film as much as I enjoyed everything in the book. One of the new ideas I particularly enjoyed is the larger importance of Imabelle character inside the story. She has a larger part, her story starts first and is presented in more detailed, and she comes across as an exceptionally hard-boiled, and still very vulnerable characters. This was just a good fun heist film set back in Harlem's hay day. Take a ride back into time and have a good laugh, you will be glad you did.

Overall rating: 7 out of 10.


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