Across 110th Street 1972 R CC

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Two New York City police officers (one with obligations to the Mafia as a cop on the take) race against the mob to catch three black hoods who, disguised as cops, stole $300,000 from a Mafia-controlled numbers bank in Harlem. The mob want their money back...and they want revenge! From the novel "Across 110th" by Wally Ferris.

Frank Adu, Frank Arno
1 hour, 42 minutes

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Across 110th Street

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Director Barry Shear
Starring Frank Adu, Frank Arno
Supporting actors Joseph Attles, Paul Benjamin, Ed Bernard, Tina Beyer, Gerry Black, Samual Blue Jr., Norman Bush, Anthony C. Cannon, Maria Carey, Anthony Charnota, Dick Crockett, Keith Davis, George DiCenzo, Joe Dismas, Norma Donaldson, Antonio Fargas, Brendan Fay, Joe Fields
Studio MGM
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Yaphett Kotto and Anthony Quinn gave a good performance.
Eric Robinson
You won't see anything like it today - maybe Guy Ritchie movies but not at the time this was shot in New York - you won't get that feel again.
Eileen Peterson
The cast is a group of excellent actors that made this movie a classic, not to mention the Soundtrack is very good.

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By B.C. Scribe on November 16, 2002
Format: DVD
Since it's release in 1972 this film has fallen by the cinema wayside, being lumped into the blaxploitation genre - a purgatory from which it needs to be rescued. Labeling this film has limited its audience appeal in the thirty years that have followed, but those of us who were fascinated with it then remain so now.
"Across 110th Street" is sparked by the kind of gritty and incisive urban realism that blaxploitation films are missing. It's production values are an immediate tipoff that you are watching a first-rate movie. The competent, skillful direction by Barry Shear; a superb story that hardly takes a breath; great Harlem location shooting adds authenticity that makes it feel almost quasi-documentary.
It's also highlighted by a great cast of veteran A-list movie stars, B-movie regulars and a few performers getting their first chance in a meaningful role. Anthony Quinn, one of the films' executive producers, plays a brutal, insensitive police detective with a streak of racism. Anthony Franciosa plays a cruel and ruthless Italian mobster tracking down his stolen money. Richard Ward plays a raspy voiced Harlem crime kingpin that Quinn tries to pressure; Ward will be recognizable to film buffs as a prisoner in the film "Brubaker" playing the pivotal role of Abraham. Paul Benjamin, the leader of the trio of thieves, appeared in the crucial role of the con 'English' in the terrific prison drama "Escape From Alcatraz". Antonio Fargas creates another of his patented colorful, hip characters as one of the thieves. And finally, Yaphet Kotto gets his first significant film role playing the no-nonsense, by-the-book, newly assigned lieutenant who is refreshingly free of vulgarity - although he will steal a truck when he needs to!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By LGwriter on May 9, 2002
Format: DVD
Not a blaxploitation movie at all, this film is a smart, sharp, tough black crime drama that pulls no punches, and because of that is still remarkably fresh today after 30 years. Made in 1972, it features an early performance by Yaphet Kotto as a by the book black police lieutenant who has to work with a crude, unruly white captain--Anthony Quinn in a very strong performance.
They're after some black hoods who slaughtered five men--three whites and two blacks--in a holdup that netted 300 grand. The getaway driver is played by Starsky and Hutch's Antonio Fargas and is just one of the several excellent performances that give this film real power.
Another is turned in by Tony Franciosa playing a Mafia lieutenant who finds out about the hit and, with his henchmen, goes after the hoods. In one of many violent scenes, he finds Fargas' character and slices and dices him in a Harlem whorehouse.
The dialogue here is much more intelligent than in many dumber films and is another reason this is a real winner. When somebody talks--cop, hood, Mafioso, junkie, girlfriend--it's natural, real, uncontrived, and completely credible. You understand who these characters are and you get involved because they're not shooting bull--they're telling it like it is.
The mix of this down to the bone talk and '70s dress and behavior makes this a tremendously entertaining film. The inclusion of violence is not gratuitous at all; it's an integral part of what happens--and what has to happen, given the circumstances.
Highly recommended for fans of crime drama.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Landsberg VINE VOICE on May 29, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is one of my favorite "Urban Action/Suspense" films... 110th Street is the invisible line after Central Park that divides "us" from "them" in this film. The whites and the mob, and the blacks and Harlem. - -Its tempting to call it Blaxploitation, but the film with its images of despair, people trying to make it and the turbulent relationship between an idealistic black cop and the old, street wise white cop on the take, both out to find out what the mob is doing in Harlem (while the mob is out to find money stolen from them by whatever means necessary) is so message based and realistic, and some of the scenes are so memorable (great acting by Yaphet Koto, Anthony Quinn and the entire cast, excellent shooting, great soundtrack by Bobby Womack and J.J. Johnson) its hard to classify it as such. There is incredible depth between the charactors, and its not merely "the man" vs. the community. Everyone is trying to make it doing whatever they have to do to survive (as Womack states in teh theme music.) Anthony Quinn's charactor, on the take from the mob for the years is forced to bite the hand that feeds him, and realizes he's growing old and part of a dying breed as he struggles to survive and reconsider his loyalties, attitudes and allegences. Meanwhile, everyone is out to find the missing money and prevent a war. The film is suspenseful, long and engaging... the ending, to be quite honest bleak and depressing, yet it will warent repeated viewing... hence I reccomend buying not renting it... afterwords, check out "Cornbread Earl and Me" and "Cotton Comes to Harlem". - - Does anyone remember the name of the film shot in that era about the Afro-American boy who falls in love with the Spanish girl, and that has an appearence by Jose Feliciano ?
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