Hell up in Harlem (1973) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
is the sequel to "Black Caesar", starring Fred "The
The Hammer turns out to be a community minded guy who wants to make NYC a decent place to life - the Giuliani of his own time - except that he plans to do it by violently wiping out all the violent hoods.
|He also has a ledger showing crooked payoffs accepted by the corrupt NYC infrastructure, and he sends that to a Senate Investigating Committee.||
poorly edited, poorly photographed, and poorly acted, it doesn't even
have the colorful characters and world-class R&B that you expect
in these 70's Blaxploitation films. I don't think there's even a
decent Afro! The post production stuff is just as bad. They added all
the fight noises in the editing room, and the punches always seem to
arrive long before the noises!
My favorite scene: The Hammer chases a guy to the airport, but arrives too late to get on the same plane to LA. So Hammer gets on another flight from a different airline which arrives in LA at about the same time, and he finishes the chase at the baggage claim! He chases his enemy up the conveyor belt, shoots him in the face, then dumps his body back down the conveyor belt, so that he arrives with the suitcases!
And what was the deal with Hammer's father?
It's just a half-hearted effort, and I pretty much have to agree with Maltin's score of no stars.
Why in the world does this have a director's commentary on the DVD? I didn't listen to it, but what could he possibly have to say? "Here's how I made this scene incredibly confusing." "Look how I screwed up the transition between these two scenes." We're not talking Spielberg here. Larry Cohen's career highlight was Q: the Winged Serpent.
Tuna's comments in yellow
Hell up on Harlem (1973) was properly trashed by Scoopy. A quick summary: bad plot, acting, script, photography and soundtrack, good breast exposure in a well-lit sex scene of Margaret Avery. I would add that a big problem with the film was that the black characters were just not black enough. Things I learned from this film:
|Is this a future superstar playing an
uncredited extra with no lines?
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