Cotton Comes to Harlem

1970

Cotton Comes to Harlem

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Ossie Davis makes his directorial debut a smashing success in the action crime comedy Cotton Comes To Harlem. Coffin Ed Johnson (Raymond St. Jacques) and Grave Digger Jones (Godfrey Cambridge) are neighborhood plainclothes cops who keep tabs on the residents and keep a lid on trouble. The Reverend Deke O'Malley (Calvin Lockhart) is a crooked, money-laundering preacher under suspicion by the detectives. Over $87,000 in cash is hidden in a bale of cotton, money Deke has bilked from the trusting community. Redd Foxx and Cleavon Little also appear in this popular feature that spawned future sequels of lesser quality.

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  • Aug 29, 2010
    One of the very earliest blaxploitation films (1970), and not the best either (the books are better). S'ok.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2009
    Wasn't as good as I thought it was gonna be.I mainly watched this movie cauz it had Redd Foxx but he was hardly in it
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2009
    This is one of the funniest movies of the early 1970's. The story, the acting as well as the characters helped to make this a great film. In many ways this film was a preview of things to come due to the fact that the very next year with the premier of Shaft, the era of the "blaxploitation" film would begin. Also, you have to wonder if the team who created the Lethal Weapon series were somewhat inspired by this due to the fact that characters of Gravedigger and Coffin are somewhat reminiscent of Briggs and Murtaugh from that series. However, the thing that really made this fun was the brief appearance of Redd Foxx playing a character that was not dissimilar from the character that would earn him his biggest fame, Fred Sanford. This is definitely a lost classic.
    Cassandra M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2008
    It's no Coffy, but it's a lot of fun.
    Ken S Super Reviewer

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