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Gordon's War1973

Gordon's War (1973)




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In this violent actioner, a soldier returns from the war in Vietnam and finds that his Harlem neighborhood has become a drug-filled war zone. After his wife overdoses, the grief-stricken vet assembles a group of vigilantes to clean up the streets and exact vengeance upon the drug dealers.


Paul Winfield
as Gordon Hudson
Carl Lee
as Bee Bishop
David Downing
as Otis Russell
Gilbert Lewis
as Spanish Harry
Carl Gordon
as Luther the Pimp
Jackie Page
as Bedroom Girl
Adam Wade
as Hustler
Hansford Rowe
as Dog Salesman
Ralph Wilcox
as Black Hit Man
Dave Connell
as Hotel Proprietor
Richelle LeNoir
as Gordon's Wife
Michael Galloway
as Gray-Haired Executive
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Critic Reviews for Gordon's War

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Raised out of the ordinary by an ingenious safe raid, an above-average car chase, and some nice location work.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The picture is inconclusive, far from profound, and the urgency of the theme has been overly simplified to fit the action.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

This totally unbelievable 1973 feature about black vigilantes out to break the Harlem drug traffic displays the same fatuous moral attitudinizing that mars most of the neofascist Fun City crime flicks of the period.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Ossie Davies, perhaps the most underrated director in the entire Black film/stage community, has shown such remarkable restraint in the fashioning of this film, that its plausibility is rarely strained within its context.

December 13, 2021 | Full Review…

Replete with a final chase scene that's the best I've seen since The French Connection.

December 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gordon's War

Paul Winfield stars as the eponymous hero in this highly satisfying, gritty and violent actioner in which after returning home from Nam and finding his beloved wife has died of an overdose, our hero decides to wage war on the drug pushers, pimps and general low life infesting the streets of Harlem. Unfortunately, Gordon is brought to the swift realisation (painfully!) that one man alone is not enough to tackle the problem, so enlists the aid of some old army buddies including the ever super cool Tony King and promptly sets about coming down heavy on the nefarious wretches who are destroying the neighbourhood. Bucket loads of glorious violence and some fine action set pieces follow in this solidly rendered flick which is all the more sadly, so little known. Winfield, although hardly pushed in this, is fine as ever as are the rest of the cast and the director really succeeds in making us care about these protagonists in the ever more perilous situation they find themselves in. Special mention also to the highly exciting final chase scene in this although the final conclusion involving the assassination of the apparent 'real' top dog running all of the drugs business in the area is regretfully somewhat confusing not to mention unsatisfyingly abrupt. Nonetheless, such a small matter in no way detracts from the overall entertainment value of all that precedes it. Highly recommended.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

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