Harlem Nights

1989

Harlem Nights

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An all-star comedy lineup is wasted on a paper-thin plot and painfully clunky dialogue.

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Eddie Murphy, in addition to starring as Quick, the son of 1930s Harlem gambling-house proprietor Sugar Ray (Richard Pryor), also wrote and directed the film. The plotline details the combined efforts of Quick and Sugar Ray to prevent white gangster Bugsy Calhoune (Michael Lerner) from muscling in on their operation. The supporting players include Redd Foxx, Danny Aiello and Jasmine Guy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Richard Pryor
as Sugar Ray
Redd Foxx
as Bennie Wilson
Danny Aiello
as Phil Cantone
Michael Lerner
as Bugsy Calhoune
Stan Shaw
as Jack Jenkins
Jasmine Guy
as Dominique La Rue
Vic Polizos
as Richie Vento
Lela Rochon
as Sunshine
Arsenio Hall
as Crying Man
Uncle Ray
as Willie
Tommy A. Ford
as Tommy Smalls
Thomas Mikal Ford
as Tommy Smalls
Joe Pecoraro
as Joe Leoni
Miguel A. Núñez Jr.
as Man with Broken Nose
Reynaldo Rey
as Gambler
Ji-Tu Cumbuka
as Toothless Gambler
Bobby McGee
as Gambler
Nick Savage
as Gambler
Dan Tullis Jr.
as Crapshooter
Don Blakely
as Crapshooter
Bill Bateman
as Orderly
Alvin Silver
as Headwaiter
Margaret Wheeler
as Elderly Woman
Robert Vento
as Bartender
Michael Buffer
as Announcer
Marc Figueroa
as One of Calhoune's Boys
George Kyle
as Man at Bugsy's
Michael Stroka
as Detective Simms
Gene Hartline
as Michael Kirkpatrick
Randy Harris
as Todo La Noche
Woody Omens
as Ringside Announcer
Roger E. Reid
as Crapshooter
Eugene Robert Glazer
as Detective Hogan
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Audience Reviews for Harlem Nights

  • Feb 14, 2013
    Eddie Murphy promised great things with this early attempt at a serious film. He was so serious that he invited comedy legends Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx to join him. They could have used humour to relieve some of the boredom.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    This movie, directed by Eddie Murphy, was boring, unfunny, and forgettable.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2009
    This movie never gets old.1 of my favorites
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2009
    Della Reese is the best thing about this movie. It's one of the more dated Eddie Murphy movies but funny enough.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer

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