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Harlem Nights (1989)

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Critic Reviews: 3
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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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Action & Adventure, Comedy

Eddie Murphy

Jan 29, 2002

Paramount Home Video

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (11) | DVD (8)

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

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (2)
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Not as bad as you might think, but not all that good either.

February 12, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Though it's not easy to watch, Harlem Nights is gorgeous to look at.

July 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Ugly, pushy and over-the-top, but there's still a bunch of laughs to be found.

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

There's maybe two funny moments in this shrill directorial bomb from Eddie Murphy.

July 25, 2002
Matinee Magazine

It's narcissistic, misogynistic and extremely mean-spirited.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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Audience Reviews for Harlem Nights

This movie, directed by Eddie Murphy, was boring, unfunny, and forgettable.
March 25, 2011
ajv2688

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Very funny and very well put together by Murphy. He could have been a little more generous to his fellow cast though as he pretty much gives himself the best lines.
September 30, 2009
SirPant

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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.
April 5, 2009
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danny d

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Movie about organised crime and police corruption in 1920s Harlem.
March 24, 2008
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    1. Sugar Ray: How was your date?
    2. Quick: I killed her.
    3. Sugar Ray: Ah, tore the pussy up, huh!
    4. Quick: No, man, I killed her.
    5. Sugar Ray: What the fuck you talking about.
    6. Quick: I shot her, man.
    7. Sugar Ray: Hmm. Was the pussy that bad, man?
    – Submitted by Kristopher J (20 months ago)
    1. Bugsy Calhoune: It's a set-up... It's a fucking set-up!
    – Submitted by Kristopher J (20 months ago)
    1. 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.
    2. Quick: You telling me I should hide?
    3. 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.
    – Submitted by Kristopher J (20 months ago)
    1. Crying Man: Only way you're going home is shot, motherfucker!
    – Submitted by Kristopher J (20 months ago)
    1. Toothless Gambler: [about Young Quick at the crap table] Man, I ain't shootin' shit! I told you kids bring me bad luck! I can't stand them little bastards! [turns to young Quick]
    2. Toothless Gambler: Now get the fuck outta here before I kick yo' ass!
    – Submitted by Kristopher J (20 months ago)
    1. Crying Man: [crying and loading machine gun after discovering his brother Tommy dead in his apartment] He messed with the wrong nigger's brother! Oh, Quick is mine!
    – Submitted by Kristopher J (20 months ago)
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