Across 110th Street (1972)


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Though almost sedate by today's standard, Across 110th Street was considered the last word in gratuitous bloodshed back in 1972. Anthony Quinn plays an on-the-take New York cop who is deeply indebted to the local Mafia. When three black criminals steal a huge sum of money from the mob-controlled Harlem numbers racket, Quinn is assigned by headquarters to collar the criminals and retrieve the loot. He spends much of the film brooding over where his true loyalties lie-a problem that does not … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Wally Ferris, Luther Davis
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 16, 2001


as Capt. Mattelli

as Lt. Pope

as Nick D'Salvio

as Jim Harris

as Joe Logart

as Doc Johnson

as Gloria Roberts

as Henry Jackson

as Mrs. Jackson

as Lt. Hartnett

as Lt. Reilly

as Don Gennaro

as Mr. Jessup

as Mrs. Jessup

as Lauralene

as Lapides
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Critic Reviews for Across 110th Street

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

[Across 110th Street] is well-made, realistic in presentation and effect with uniformly good portrayals from actors, but depressingly lacking in a sympathetic focal point for audiences to grasp.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

It's a gutsy affair, given a distinct lift by the Harlem locations; and between the bouts of physical aggression, there are occasional moments of insight into the fraught relationship between Quinn and Kotto.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It manages at once to be unfair to blacks, vicious towards whites and insulting to anyone who feels that race relations might consist of something better than improvised genocide.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Extremely seedy and violent, this 1972 feature by Barry Shear and cinematographer Jack Priestley makes extraordinary use of Harlem locations.

Full Review… | February 17, 2002
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Gritty and mindful of perspective, the feature is a bruising examination of power and desperation, filled with energetic chases and fiery confrontations.

Full Review… | September 27, 2014

Violence, especially violence at the expense of the black community, has seldom been more candidly dissected and critiqued in American film as it is in Across 110th Street.

Full Review… | May 24, 2014

Audience Reviews for Across 110th Street


If you want to see what films were like before being politically correct hit the big screen this is your film to watch. Just to see what life was all about in Harlem in the 1960-1970 made this film enjoyable. The dress of the pimps, the action taken by NYPD, The Mob and the Streets of New York. If your insulted by bad language then this is not your film. Blew my mind to see a film made in 1972 with the word raciest used so many times. Lot of enjoyable forgotten black stars. This one goes to the top shelf of my collection. 4 1/2 stars.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Grouped in the blaxploitation vein, this is more a crime drama than your average exploitation film. A fantastic cast, a good script and a sweet soundtrack. The direction is a bit erratic at times, and the ending not as climatic as it wanted to be, but the goods of the film surpass these flaws.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer


It's my personal opinion when I say the 70's produced some of the best films, ever. Filmmakers were trying to break loose of tired Hollywood traditions and branching out to make "real" films. Not all were great, but even those low budget types had something different to offer. Across 110th Street takes blaxploitation out of it's downward spiral of repeated structures and tries to give it an artistic value. It succeeds on some levels bringing with it some interesting characters.The story, too, has some moments of truth, and there are plenty of unexpected developments punctuating the extremely violent action. It's also fun to sing the chorus to Bobby Womack's title hit.

El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

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