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Film critics cut Murphy no slack, they shredded him for not living up to expectations of a comic masterpiece. They should take a laxative. Yes, yes, I agree that the plot is routine, it's a remake of The Sting, there is profanity, it's not a masterpiece, Eddie is more smooth than funny, yadda yadda yadda.
OK, so maybe Harlem Nights didn't live up to the hype. So what? It's still an enjoyable film. It's very entertaining to watch so many great performers all in one movie, even if they do pull their punches. The costumes are Oscar-caliber, the Herbie Hancock soundtrack is superfine, and everyone looks good.
I notice that Hollywood routinely produces a veritable torrent of well-cast B movies (and far worse). I notice that plenty of mainstream comedians break stereotype and try on non-comedic movie roles. Surely some of our most talented black performers can be given the latitude to do the same? Relax, and enjoy the movie for what it is.
Both Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx are not with us anymore, but this IS here. This film shows us the comedic talent of both these men, and to have stars like Eddie Murphy, Danny Aiello, and Della Reese is delicious icing on the cake.
Pryor as Sugar Ray and Murphey as Quick try to keep a vicious mobster from taking over their business. As you might think, they turn the tables on the bad buys!
Jasmine Guy stands out particularly as the mobster's girlfriend, and so does Della Resse as the hard-fighting madam with a heart of gold.
Thank-you, Eddie Murphy, for getting all these wonderful comedic talents together for us and prosperity! Because this movie exists we have them all forever.
I wish they had kept this group together for another movie project. It is priceless to watch the alpha dog trailblazers in Black standup work together - Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy. Simply amazing.
I highly recommend this movie, if you haven't already figured that out.
The comedic line up in this movie are legendary..Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, Eddie Murphy and they do a great job of ACTING in this movie. The critics and others seem to be disappointed that these Legendary Stand-Up comedians don't break charecter and go into a Stand-Up routine in the middle of the movie. This is a situational comedy and is as ever bit as funny as some of Eddie Murphys "praised" comedies like Beverly Hills Cop.
If you are looking for a Stand-Up routine this movie is probably not for you. If you enjoyed "The Blair Witch Project" (The worst movie I personally have ever seen) you probably wouldn't even understand this movie....BUT if you are looking for a great situational comedy that includes hilarious interactions with the absolute Greatest performers in Black Comedy...THIS MOVIE IS A MUST.
Redd Foxx as an Old Blind Stick-Man with an attitude on a craps table...I am in the Gaming Industry ...and trust me just that alone is Hilarious.
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A movie often quoted in my personal circles, and for good reason. It is hilarious, touching, and makes several points about society without beating the hell out of you with... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Angelique973
SUPER Black All Star Cast!!! Very entertaining. Done so well I would not put in Blaxplotation genre!
Has a lot of adult language and scenes so not for the kiddies, but absolutely hilarious!!Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Hilarious. I laugh every time I see this. Miss Redd Fox ,Della Reese, Eddy Murphy, Arsineo. Great castPublished 21 days ago by Cath
Hilarious Richard Pryor with Eddie Murphy. Need I say more...Published 23 days ago by Eric Thoreson
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