Black Caesar

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Main Details

  • Released in 1973
  • Color
  • Runtime: 88 min
  • Production Co: American International Pictures, Larco Productions
  • Distribution Co: American International Pictures (1973) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Written and Directed by Larry Cohen
  • Starring: Fred Williamson, Gloria Hendry, Art Lund
  • Produced by Larry Cohen, James Dixon, Peter Sabiston, Janelle Webb (as Janelle Cohen), Benjamin Fisz (uncredited), Kenneth Rive
  • Original Music by James Brown, Lyn Collins, Fred Wesley
  • Cinematography by Fenton Hamilton
  • Film Editing by George Folsey Jr.

Plot Summary

  • Raised in Harlem, Tommy Gibbs becomes a successful mob boss but he clashes with the rival Mafia and his old enemy, dirty cop McKinney.

Also Known As

  • Black Caesar - Der Pate von Harlem (Germany)
  • Black Caesar - Il Padrino nero (Italy)
  • Black Max - Der Pate von Harlem (Germany)
  • Der Pate von Harlem (Germany)
  • Die Ratte von Harlem (Germany)
  • El Padrino de Harlem (Spain)
  • Heisse Hölle Harlem (Germany)
  • The Godfather of Harlem (UK)


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