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awesome bio-doc of a reel badassssssssss
Tough man, tough film, very interesting and powerful.
Rich, if sometimes repetitive, documentary following the exploits of Black Godfather Barnes, the friends he betrayed and his inexorable rise and fall from grace. Told via in-depth interviews and footage from the Harlem streets of the period, MU looks and feels like a 1970s exploitation film, mostly due to its superb funk soundtrack and cast of ugly mugs in pimp attire. Think Superfly meets The French connection but for real.
interesting perspective on what took place during this era.
Gripping documentary about "Nicky" Barnes, the self-styled "Black Godfather" who became head of the heroin trade in Harlem in the mid-'70s (played by Cuba Gooding, Jr. in AMERICAN GANGSTER).
Pretty boring documentary about Nicky Barnes. It had moments where it was somewhat entertaining, but those moments where few and far between. Watch American Gangster for a more entertaining experience and leave it at that.
Very good documentary.
An exemplary documentary, detailing the influx of heroin in 70's Harlem. Director Marc Levin does an excellent job at capturing the truly complex and enigmatic presence of "Mr. Untouchable", Nicky Barnes.
Ever since American Gangster came out everyone associated Frank Lucas as the King of Harlem but fail to realize that Nicky Barnes had set up shop and stepped up the game in Harlem way before Frank even got on the scene. Not to discredit Frank Lucas, but Barnes was much bigger than Lucas. Put it this way, if there was no Nicky Barnes there never would have been a Frank Lucas. As they say in the movie, he was Gotti before Gotti was Gotti, lol.
Trite but compelling tale of a real life gangsta. Touches on interesting politics but never really delves in-depth on issues like was he a stoolie for the white establishment, exploiting street life for personal gain. Reads more like a proposal for a movie than and is entertaining but light on analysis as a result