Harlem Nights (1989)
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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
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as Sugar Ray
as Bennie Wilson
as Phil Cantone
as Bugsy Calhoune
as Jack Jenkins
as Dominique La Rue
as Richie Vento
as Crying Man
as Tommy Smalls
as Tommy Smalls
as Joe Leoni
as Young Quick
as Toothless Gambler
as Elderly Woman
as Man #1
as Man #2
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 Detective Hogan
as Old Man
as Desk Sergeant
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Critic Reviews for Harlem Nights
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.
Does it matter to Eddie Murphy whether Harlem Nights is good or bad? It doesn't look like it.
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.
Audience Reviews for Harlem Nights
This movie, directed by Eddie Murphy, was boring, unfunny, and forgettable.
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.
Movie about organised crime and police corruption in 1920s Harlem.
Harlem Nights Quotes
|Sugar Ray:||How was your date?|
|Quick:||I killed her.|
|Sugar Ray:||Ah, tore the pussy up, huh!|
|Quick:||No, man, I killed her.|
|Sugar Ray:||What the fuck you talking about.|
|Quick:||I shot her, man.|
|Sugar Ray:||Hmm. Was the pussy that bad, man?|
|Bugsy Calhoune:||It's a set-up... It's a fucking set-up!|
|Sugar Ray:||Quick, you're not a gangster. We're not. We're club owners. We run a dance hall. Calhoune... he's a cold-hearted killer. He'll have your ass killed. Now, the man probably doesn't know about La Rue yet. But in the morning, he's going to want you really dead. So, we got to find a place where we can lay low. Till we can run the scam and split.|
|Quick:||You telling me I should hide?|
|Sugar Ray:||No. I'm telling you you're gonna hide. You don't hide, Quick, they're gonna kill you. I'm not gonna let that happen to you. I didn't come this far with you so you can prove you ain't no punk and die. What are they gonna put on your tombstone? "Here lies a man, 27 years old. He died, but he ain't no punk." Hey man, that's bullshit. OK? You know when you die? When you're 89... got your children and your grandchildren around the bed... that's cool. It ain't cool to die at 27. I'm not gonna let you do that to yourself. I'm not gonna let you do it to me. 'Cause they kill you, they're gonna have to kill me. 'Cause I'm gonna kill them.|
|Crying Man:||Only way you're going home is shot, motherfucker!|
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