Harlem Nights Movie Review Summary

Actors: Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, Danny Aiello, Michael Lerner, Della Reese, Arsenio Hall

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"Sugar" Ray (Pryor) owns an illegal nightclub/casino in 1938 Harlem. His adopted son Vernest Brown, known to everyone as "Quick" (Murphy) serves as heir apparent and enforcer. The operation runs up against a vicious gangster named Bugsy Calhoune (Lerner) working in tandem with corrupt police Sgt. Phil Cantone (Aiello), both of whom would like to see the club put out of business. Ray and Quick turns the tables on their rivals with a complex gambling sting. Despite some serious work by dependable Aiello and Lerner, and a surprisingly amusing fistfight between Murphy and cathouse madame Vera (Reese), this 1989 film is clearly writer/director/star Murphy's vanity project: frequently lame, and embarrassingly bad -- especially Arsenio Hall's excruciating cameo as a screeching crying man.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   criminals stealing from honest people Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   American Black

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   criminal Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black american


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)    -   dangerous Misc setting    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   A huge amnt of foul language

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