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Good Guy From Harlem (1972)


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  • Actors: Loye Hawkins, Cathy Davis, Patricia Fulton, Wanda Starr, Steve Gallon
  • Directors: Rene Martinez Jr.
  • Writers: Gardenia Martinez
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W929VC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,441 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Good Guy From Harlem (1972)" on IMDb

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Frankenstein-ian Platform shoes!
Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
The acting here and the badly choreographed karate fight scenes make "Dolemite" look like "Enter The Dragon."
Timothy N. Stelly Sr.
I turned on the closed captions because I wanted to actually read how bad the script was.
Jazzbuff630

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 21, 2008
Format: DVD
This (actually released under the simpler title "The Guy from Harlem") is a terrible mid-1970s "thriller" starring nobody. The biggest features of the film are gigantic afros that barely fit through doorways, hideous polyester clothing, and otherworldly interior decorating from the most tasteless of all decades. The film begins with Wanda, a young African-American girl who has been kidnapped by Big Daddy's evil yet intensely stupid white gang. Next you are supposed to forget that, because the CIA commissions private investigator and mercenary bodyguard Al Connors (Loye Hawkins) to guard Mrs. Ashanti, the wife of an African "Chief of State," who happens to have the biggest afro of the entire cast and speak with a Harlem accent. Of course the first thing she needs is a massage, which leads to the queasiness of the audience when Al observes the proceedings for security reasons. Big Daddy wants to kidnap Mrs. Ashanti, too, but Al is too quick. Watch for the fight scene in the hotel room which contains the worst fight choreography I have seen in many years. Also watch for the dowdiest nightgowns in film history.

I should note that the film is technically horrendous: it is terribly written, poorly acted (people blow lines and they use the footage without question, people appear to be reading cue cards, etc.), and has essentially no production values. The film (at least this print) has many cuts and splices, numerous flaws, and a very noisy soundtrack which has a noise appearing at random intervals and lasting for several minutes at a time which sounds like a cross between a small, flatulent aircraft and a vibrating bed. This noise often overpowers the dialogue, though, so in that sense it's not an entirely bad development.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 10, 2012
Format: DVD
EASTWEST slimcased DVDs have no subtitles or extras beyond plot synopsis on the case's back cover. As with all such bargain brands, dubs are "best available source" with quality that varies from only fair to very good.

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THE GUY FROM HARLEM (1973) has NOTHING to recommend it, LESS than nothing, in fact. The operative word here is: A-M-A-T-E-U-R with a side dish of "inept."

Dig those bizarre room colors, like red walls with cobalt furniture! Don't you love them bubble-headed 'fros and pink polyester leisure suits? And our hero who is supposedly SO STRONG is an absolute bag of bones! (Watch for his shirtless scene).

The leading lady is dog-ugly and the only interesting thing in the whole film is her loudmothed daddy, who, with much gusto spouts an encyclopedia's worth of classic ghetto put-downs. There's no sound effect overdubs, so the few fight scenes (which look woefully fake) fall flat as the starlet's chest.

It's the sort of mess one should still experience, for this reason:
EVERY other movie you've ever seen will look so much better by comparison!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 20, 2013
Format: DVD
We have here a privately-manufactured DVD. My experience with barebones DVD-Rs has been satisfactory, as I'm not interested in commentary, deleted scenes or other bonus features, that is, stuff these discs don't offer. Transfers are "best available source" and quality can vary from very good to only fair.

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THE GUY FROM HARLEM (1973) has NOTHING to recommend it, LESS than nothing, in fact. The operative word here is: A-M-A-T-E-U-R with a side dish of "inept."

Dig those bizarre room colors, like red walls with cobalt furniture! Don't you love them bubble-headed 'fros and pink polyester leisure suits? And our hero who is supposedly SO STRONG is an absolute bag of bones! (Watch for his shirtless scene).

The leading lady is dog-ugly and the only interesting thing in the whole film is her loudmothed daddy, who, with much gusto spouts an encyclopedia's worth of classic ghetto put-downs. There's no sound effect overdubs, so the few fight scenes (which look woefully fake) fall flat as the starlet's chest.

It's the sort of mess one should still experience, for this reason:
EVERY other movie you've ever seen will look so much better by comparison!
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Format: DVD
This (actually released under the title "The Guy from Harlem") is a terrible mid-1970s "thriller" starring nobody. The biggest features of the film are gigantic afros that barely fit through doorways, hideous polyester clothing, and otherworldly interior decorating from the most tasteless of all decades. The film begins with Wanda, a young African-American girl who has been kidnapped by Big Daddy's evil yet intensely stupid white gang. Next you are supposed to forget that, because the CIA commissions private investigator and mercenary bodyguard Al Connors (Loye Hawkins) to guard Mrs. Ashanti, the wife of an African "Chief of State," who happens to have the biggest afro of the entire cast and speak with a Harlem accent. Of course the first thing she needs is a massage, which leads to the queasiness of the audience when Al observes the proceedings for security reasons. Big Daddy wants to kidnap Mrs. Ashanti, too, but Al is too quick. Watch for the fight scene in the hotel room which contains the worst fight choreography I have seen in many years. Also watch for the dowdiest nightgowns in film history.

I should note that the film is technically horrendous: it is terribly written, poorly acted (people blow lines and they use the footage without question, people appear to be reading cue cards, etc.), and has essentially no production values. The film (at least this print) has many cuts and splices, numerous flaws, and a very noisy soundtrack which has a noise appearing at random intervals and lasting for several minutes at a time which sounds like a cross between a small, flatulent aircraft and a vibrating bed. This noise often overpowers the dialogue, though, so in that sense it's not an entirely bad development.
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