Gordon's War (1973)
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as Gordon Hudson
as Bee Bishop
as Otis Russell
as Spanish Harry
as Luther the Pimp
as Big Pink
as Bedroom Girl
as Dog Salesman
as Black Hit Man
as Hotel Proprietor
as Gordon's Wife
as Gray-Haired Executive
as Hotel Proprietor
Critic Reviews for Gordon's War
Raised out of the ordinary by an ingenious safe raid, an above-average car chase, and some nice location work.
The picture is inconclusive, far from profound, and the urgency of the theme has been overly simplified to fit the action.
Audience Reviews for Gordon's War
A Vietnam vet takes the battle to the streets of Harlem after losing a loved one, waging a war on the drug pushers in his neighborhood. A really well-done action flick, well worth a look. Rental!
Paul Winfield stars as the eponymous hero in this highly satisfying, gritty and violent actioner in which after returning home from Nam and finding his beloved wife has died of an overdose, our hero decides to wage war on the drug pushers, pimps and general low life infesting the streets of Harlem. Unfortunately, Gordon is brought to the swift realisation (painfully!) that one man alone is not enough to tackle the problem, so enlists the aid of some old army buddies including the ever super cool Tony King and promptly sets about coming down heavy on the nefarious wretches who are destroying the neighbourhood. Bucket loads of glorious violence and some fine action set pieces follow in this solidly rendered flick which is all the more sadly, so little known. Winfield, although hardly pushed in this, is fine as ever as are the rest of the cast and the director really succeeds in making us care about these protagonists in the ever more perilous situation they find themselves in. Special mention also to the highly exciting final chase scene in this although the final conclusion involving the assassination of the apparent 'real' top dog running all of the drugs business in the area is regretfully somewhat confusing not to mention unsatisfyingly abrupt. Nonetheless, such a small matter in no way detracts from the overall entertainment value of all that precedes it. Highly recommended.
this was pretty deep for blaxploitation. the (ab)use of drugs shows intimate knowledge of the deep problem drugs are to communities. this sincerity is overshadowed by some fantastical action and comical wardrobe. it's painful to watch blue platforms and giant red hats get their pimp smacked. better than i expected.
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