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Story

Shot on the streets of New York, writer-director Larry Cohen captures the bustle and color of the city in this violent, low-budget crime film. Ambitious Tommy Gibbs (a swaggering, self-confident Fred Williamson) has risen from shoeshine boy to Harlem crime lord, but he wants a bigger piece of the pot. With a racist, high-ranking cop (Art Lund) in his pocket, he begins his expansion with a bloody takeover bid but finds himself betrayed from within and the target of both the cops and the mob. Cohen invests this fast-paced tale (partially inspired by the 1930 gangster classic Little Caesar with a touch of Scarface) with colorful characters (notably a hustling religious leader played by D'Urville Martin), high energy, and a scruffy style. Black Caesar is one of the most entertaining movies to come from the 1970s explosion of low-budget black cast genre pictures, more commonly known as "blaxploitation" films. --Sean Axmaker

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Fred WilliamsonTommy Gibbs
Gloria HendryHelen
Art LundMcKinney
Val AveryCardoza

  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Director: Larry Cohen
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 87 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaFeb 7, 1973
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 9, 2001
    EuropeJul 7, 2003
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