Black Caesar (1973)
Average Rating: 5.7/10
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Cult director Larry Cohen (It's Alive) directed this violent blaxploitation film. Nasty racist John McKinney cripples a black shoeshine boy, who grows up to be Tommy Gibbs (Fred Williamson), the Godfather of Harlem. The crimelord now has his tormentor McKinney (Art Lund) in his pocket, based on the cop's mob ties. Tommy's traitorous girlfriend Helen (Gloria Hendry) hands over the evidence, and McKinney moves in for the kill. But he may have underestimated the violent Tommy, who makes him shine
Feb 7, 1973 Wide
Jan 9, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment
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Unfortunately it all remains too crude to convince one of its better intentions.
Mr. Williamson, in short, can't be blamed for the plot contrivances that hinge mostly on action and bloodshed.
Cohen's technique is almost laughably crude, but a core of frightening conviction remains.
"Paid the cost to be the boss," declares James Brown on the soundtrack, and Black Caesar functions as an itemized bill.
a distinctive pastiche of the tough cynical attitudes held by oppressed minorities the world over.
Writer-director Larry Cohen's clever and entertaining paean to traditional gangster films (a la Little Caesar) updates the genre to contemporary Harlem and was a major hit with urban audiences.
Suffused with socio-political resentment and enlivened by James Brown's classic soul-funk soundtrack.
A funky 70s soundtrack by the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, is by far the best element in this tough blaxploitation gangster saga which was written and directed by erratic talent Larry Cohen.
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