Cotton Comes To Harlem

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Main Details

  • Released in 1970
  • Color
  • Running Time: 97 Min.
  • Production Co: Formosa Productions
  • Distribution Co: United Artists (1970) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Directed by Ossie Davis
  • Written by Ossie Davis, Chester Himes, Arnold Perl
  • Starring Godfrey Cambridge, Raymond St. Jacques, Calvin Lockhart, Judy Pace, and Redd Foxx
  • Produced by Samuel Goldwyn Jr.
  • Original Music by Galt MacDermot
  • Cinematography by Gerald Hirschfeld
  • Film Editing by Robert Q. Lovett


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Cotton Comes to Harlem was a commercial hit. Produced on a budget of $1.2 million, it earned $5.2 million in theatrical rentals during its North American release, making it the 20th highest grossing film of 1970. The film was one of the many black films that appeared in the 1970s and became an overnight hit. Davis parleyed both humor and drama together and got a film that worked: he also attracted a black audience, which helped make the film a cult classic over the years. It inspired more black films during the '70s, including more action-packed numbers like Shaft and Super Fly . The film inspired the sequel Come Back Charleston Blue, based on original material instead of Chester Himes' works. (Wikipedia)

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