Across 110th Street (1972)



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In this film, Anthony Quinn plays an on-the-take New York cop who is deeply indebted to the local Mafia. When three black criminals steal a huge sum of money from the mob-controlled Harlem numbers racket, Quinn is assigned by headquarters to collar the criminals and retrieve the loot.

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Anthony Quinn
as Capt. Mattelli
Yaphet Kotto
as Lt. Pope
Anthony Franciosa
as Nick D'Salvio
Paul Benjamin
as Jim Harris
Ed Bernard
as Joe Logart
Richard Ward
as Doc Johnson
Norma Donaldson
as Gloria Roberts
Antonio Fargas
as Henry Jackson
Marlene Warfield
as Mrs. Jackson
Tim O'Connor
as Lt. Hartnett
Nat Polan
as Lt. Reilly
Frank Mascetta
as Don Gennaro
Joseph Attles
as Mr. Jessup
Betty Haynes
as Mrs. Jessup
Gloria Hendry
as Lauralene
Burt Young
as Lapides
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Critic Reviews for Across 110th Street

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

[Across 110th Street] is well-made, realistic in presentation and effect with uniformly good portrayals from actors, but depressingly lacking in a sympathetic focal point for audiences to grasp.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's a gutsy affair, given a distinct lift by the Harlem locations; and between the bouts of physical aggression, there are occasional moments of insight into the fraught relationship between Quinn and Kotto.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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It manages at once to be unfair to blacks, vicious towards whites and insulting to anyone who feels that race relations might consist of something better than improvised genocide.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

Extremely seedy and violent, this 1972 feature by Barry Shear and cinematographer Jack Priestley makes extraordinary use of Harlem locations.

Feb 17, 2002 | Full Review…

Gritty and mindful of perspective, the feature is a bruising examination of power and desperation, filled with energetic chases and fiery confrontations.

Sep 27, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Violence, especially violence at the expense of the black community, has seldom been more candidly dissected and critiqued in American film as it is in Across 110th Street.

May 24, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Across 110th Street


Effectively violent, brutal and with some outstanding dialogue in its first half, soon, however, this gritty crime drama begins to insult our intelligence with a series of contrived situations that dilute the realistic feel it is aiming for and proves why it has never become a classic.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


If you want to see what films were like before being politically correct hit the big screen this is your film to watch. Just to see what life was all about in Harlem in the 1960-1970 made this film enjoyable. The dress of the pimps, the action taken by NYPD, The Mob and the Streets of New York. If your insulted by bad language then this is not your film. Blew my mind to see a film made in 1972 with the word raciest used so many times. Lot of enjoyable forgotten black stars. This one goes to the top shelf of my collection. 4 1/2 stars.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Grouped in the blaxploitation vein, this is more a crime drama than your average exploitation film. A fantastic cast, a good script and a sweet soundtrack. The direction is a bit erratic at times, and the ending not as climatic as it wanted to be, but the goods of the film surpass these flaws.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer


It's my personal opinion when I say the 70's produced some of the best films, ever. Filmmakers were trying to break loose of tired Hollywood traditions and branching out to make "real" films. Not all were great, but even those low budget types had something different to offer. Across 110th Street takes blaxploitation out of it's downward spiral of repeated structures and tries to give it an artistic value. It succeeds on some levels bringing with it some interesting characters.The story, too, has some moments of truth, and there are plenty of unexpected developments punctuating the extremely violent action. It's also fun to sing the chorus to Bobby Womack's title hit. Photobucket

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El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

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