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.
Smartly edited with terrific location work in New York City. The dependable Kotto is a standout.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
[VIDEO] As exaggerated as the violence appears, it is in keeping with the social climate of the time. No punches are pulled, and rightly so.
| Original Score: A
One of the best actioners of the 1970s, this unpretentious film benefits from sharp editing, on-location shooting and strong acting.
| Original Score: B+
Dated crime drama headed by top cast including Anthony Quinn.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
Before studios insisted on an injection of sugary sentiment, this what what a New York cop thriller looked like.
Extremely seedy and violent, this 1972 feature by Barry Shear and cinematographer Jack Priestley makes extraordinary use of Harlem locations.
| Original Score: 73/100
Barry Shear's picture tries to be hard-edged and aim for realism, but doesn't always succeed.
| Original Score: 2/5
[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.
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.