Harlem Nights (1989)




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Movie Info

Eddie Murphy, in addition to starring as Quick, the son of 1930s Harlem gambling-house proprietor Sugar Ray (Richard Pryor), also wrote and directed the film. The plotline details the combined efforts of Quick and Sugar Ray to prevent white gangster Bugsy Calhoune (Michael Lerner) from muscling in on their operation. The supporting players include Redd Foxx, Danny Aiello and Jasmine Guy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Eddie Murphy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 29, 2002
Paramount Home Video


as Sugar Ray

as Bennie Wilson

as Phil Cantone

as Bugsy Calhoune

as Jack Jenkins

as Dominique La Rue

as Richie Vento

as Sunshine

as Crying Man

as Willie

as Tommy Smalls

as Tommy Smalls

as Joe Leoni

as Young Quick

as Gambler

as Toothless Gambler

as Gambler

as Gambler

as Crapshooter

as Crapshooter

as Crapshooter

as Orderly

as Headwaiter

as Elderly Woman

as Man #1

as Bartender

as Announcer

as One of Calhoune's Bo...

as Man at Bugsy's

as Detective Simms

as Michael Kirkpatrick

as Todo La Noche

as Ringside Announcer

as Man with Broken Nose

as Crapshooter

as Detective Hogan

as Desk Sergeant

as Patron
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Critic Reviews for Harlem Nights

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6)

An uninspired cross between Cotton Club and the characters of Damon Runyon, told in cliches so broad you keep waiting for it to poke fun at itself, but it never does.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Does it matter to Eddie Murphy whether Harlem Nights is good or bad? It doesn't look like it.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Once there was Freddy. Once there was Chuckie and Jason and Howard the Duck. Now there is the scariest of them all. Now there is Harlem Nights.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Harlem Nights

This movie, directed by Eddie Murphy, was boring, unfunny, and forgettable.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

three generations of comedy legends and a stellar supporting cast star in this film written and directed by murphy in his prime. engaging and hilarious, red foxx and della reese especially shine in this film. i rewach it every ten years or so.

danny d

Super Reviewer


Movie about organised crime and police corruption in 1920s Harlem.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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