Gordon's War (1973)

Gordon's War





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In this incredibly violent actioner, a soldier returns from the war in Vietnam and finds that his Harlem neighborhood has become a drug-filled war zone of its own. The final straw comes when his wife overdoses. The grief-stricken vet quickly assembles a group of vigilantes to clean up the streets and exact vengeance upon the drug dealers who sold his wife the bad stuff.

Rating: R
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Ed Spielman, Howard Friedlander
In Theaters:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation


as Gordon Hudson

as Bee Bishop

as Otis Russell

as Spanish Harry

as Luther the Pimp

as Bedroom Girl

as Hustler

as Dog Salesman

as Black Hit Man

as Hotel Proprietor

as Gordon's Wife

as Gray-Haired Executiv...

as Hotel Proprietor
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Critic Reviews for Gordon's War

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (3)

Raised out of the ordinary by an ingenious safe raid, an above-average car chase, and some nice location work.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The picture is inconclusive, far from profound, and the urgency of the theme has been overly simplified to fit the action.

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

This totally unbelievable 1973 feature about black vigilantes out to break the Harlem drug traffic displays the same fatuous moral attitudinizing that mars most of the neofascist Fun City crime flicks of the period.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Gordon's War

Paul Winfield stars as the eponymous hero in this highly satisfying, gritty and violent actioner in which after returning home from Nam and finding his beloved wife has died of an overdose, our hero decides to wage war on the drug pushers, pimps and general low life infesting the streets of Harlem. Unfortunately, Gordon is brought to the swift realisation (painfully!) that one man alone is not enough to tackle the problem, so enlists the aid of some old army buddies including the ever super cool Tony King and promptly sets about coming down heavy on the nefarious wretches who are destroying the neighbourhood.

Bucket loads of glorious violence and some fine action set pieces follow in this solidly rendered flick which is all the more sadly, so little known. Winfield, although hardly pushed in this, is fine as ever as are the rest of the cast and the director really succeeds in making us care about these protagonists in the ever more perilous situation they find themselves in. Special mention also to the highly exciting final chase scene in this although the final conclusion involving the assassination of the apparent 'real' top dog running all of the drugs business in the area is regretfully somewhat confusing not to mention unsatisfyingly abrupt. Nonetheless, such a small matter in no way detracts from the overall entertainment value of all that precedes it. Highly recommended.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

this was pretty deep for blaxploitation. the (ab)use of drugs shows intimate knowledge of the deep problem drugs are to communities. this sincerity is overshadowed by some fantastical action and comical wardrobe. it's painful to watch blue platforms and giant red hats get their pimp smacked. better than i expected.

elziard bouffier

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