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Harlem Nights (1989)



Critic Consensus: 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

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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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Critic Reviews for Harlem Nights

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (15)

''Harlem Nights,'' it's worth remembering, is a comedy, though as the body count piles up and entire reels go by without a joke in sight, it's also easy to forget.

March 26, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

If he's going to confine himself to bad movies like "Harlem Nights," it's probably better that he writes and directs them himself.

March 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Harlem Nights offers a depressing answer to that not entirely pressing question, "Will success spoil Eddie Murphy?" It looks as if it has.

March 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The plot exposition gets laborious in spots, the period flavor is only occasional and approximate, and the direction tends to be clunky, yet the strong secondary cast helps to take up some of the slack.

March 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, a real comedy needs a decent plot, interesting characters and some kind of creative context to work out of.

March 26, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

If only it had played funnier.

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Audience Reviews for Harlem Nights

This movie, directed by Eddie Murphy, was boring, unfunny, and forgettable.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

three generations of comedy legends and a stellar supporting cast star in this film written and directed by murphy in his prime. engaging and hilarious, red foxx and della reese especially shine in this film. i rewach it every ten years or so.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer


Movie about organised crime and police corruption in 1920s Harlem.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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