Hell Up In Harlem (1973)

Fred Williamson returns as Tommy Gibbs, the self-styled Godfather of Harlem in Larry Cohen's quickly made sequel to the low-budget Black Caesar. The film opens with a different perspective on the finale from the earlier film, this time with Gibbs surviving an assassination attempt with the help of his estranged father (Julius Harris), who becomes Tommy's new chief lieutenant in his rebuilt organization. Tommy takes his revenge on those who set him up but faces a new threat from within as the corrupt DA partners with an ambitious gang member to take Tommy down. It's not going to be as easy as they think. Shooting on NYC streets and locations, Cohen punches up the slim rise-and-fall/revenge story line with gritty action, a driving pace, and edgy, always-on-the-move, hand-held camera work. The production feels rushed at times and the performances don't have the energy of the previous film, but Cohen doesn't give you much time to think about it with his speeding plot and machine-gun editing, moved along nicely with help from Edwin Starr's funky score
  • Director: Larry Cohen
  • Encoding: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries.)
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
  • Rated:R Not for sale to persons under age 18.
  • Studio: MGM/UA Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2001
  • DVD Features: Theatrical trailer(s) Widescreen anamorphic format
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