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Product Details

  • Actors: Forest Whitaker, Gregory Hines, Robin Givens, Zakes Mokae, Danny Glover
  • Directors: Bill Duke
  • Writers: John Toles-Bey, Bobby Crawford, Chester Himes
  • Producers: Forest Whitaker, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, John Nicolella
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: February 7, 1995
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630222490X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,808 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

A beautiful black gangster's moll flees to Harlem with a trunkload of gold after a shootout, unaware that the rest of the gang, and a few other unsavoury characters, are on her trail. A pudgy momma's boy becomes the object of her affections and the unlikely hero of the tale.

Customer Reviews

This is also a very funny movie.
JustAReader
In Devil in a Blue Dress, Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle are absolutely brilliant!
Roy Clark
Great story, character driven, cast is off the chain.
Mandell L Jackson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 14, 2005
Format: DVD
This is a nice period film in the "Cotton comes to Harlem" style. It's a kind of 50's gangster action comedy, with a southern twist. The film has high quality production values, and Danny Glover, Robin Givens, Forrest Whitaker, and Gregory Hines all turn in great performances. As an added bonus,when you see Robin Givens in that Red Dress (They had to sew it on her for the movie), you'll finally understand Mike Tysons' infatuation with her. So for some good entertainment rent this film. P.S. Watch out for the line "Pop goes the Weasel."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By knobnoter on August 9, 2009
Format: DVD
I was already familar with the movie, and loved it so much had hunted for 15 years for it. As soon as I saw it on Amazon I said "Pop goes the Weezel. The charactors were as refreshing as I remembered. Who doesn't want to get away free with a trunk full of gold. Robin Givens, as Amabelle was excellent, surely they had to paint her in those skin-tight outfits. My granddaughter who wants to be a designer was in heaven with each new outfit she worn. Her character was more fitting as Jackson's girl(Forrest Whitaker)than as the girlfriend of the gangster, the nursey rhyme spitting thug. I think he had some Mommy issues. Maybe he was molesterd as a child when his mama left him in daycare. Jackson is the nerd in everybody's family, with those large nerdy glasses. He is the lovable uncle figure that you don't mind leaving your kids with. His brother Sherman with that sexy side part in his hair(Gregory Hines) is another story, he played his part so well, I couldn't leave my child with him, he would sale her a ticket to heaven within 5-minutes. Although a lovable character, he comes across as wanting to be rich but not wanting to work for it. He's the family member who is always reaching for that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, instead of putting in a honest days work. He did have one good quality-he valued his friends. From the fumbling keystone cops, to the idiot funeral director, and his horney disrespetful workers, this movie with Danny Glover surely was a roller coaster ride; they not only out ran the law, out smarted the mob, out shot the competition, but they proved to Hollywood that Black actors can ACT all the way to the bank.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JazzFeathers on December 9, 2011
Format: DVD
Brilliant! This is one of the very few instances where I enjoyed the film as much as the book. And not because the film is very true to the book (which, in any case, it is), but because the film manages to find its own personality.

The setting is simply gorgeous. The rendering of Fifties Harlem is sumptuous, very warm in some places, very hard in others (the emotional use of colour is superbly done), with all a crew of characters that even appearing very shortly, gives a strong impression of the place and the time.

The story revolves around a chest of gold. People find it and lose it, people kill and die for it. Deceit is the currency for everyone. Well, for everyone but Jackson, whose candid innocence and unwavering faith in his love and his Imabelle brings some light in what's basically a very dark tale. And this is true even with all the humor and the wit which is indeed in the story. There's violence here, there's bad things happening, but there's tenderness too, and caring, and straightforward humour.

The fast pace, the witty dialogues, the honest rendering of human flaws and strength reminded me a lot of the book, even if some of the dynamics are different. Still I enjoyed what's new in the film as much as I enjoyed everything in the book. One of the new ideas I particularly enjoyed is the larger importance of Imabelle character inside the story. She has a larger part, her story starts first and is presented in more detailed, and she comes across as an exceptionally hard-boiled, and still very vulnerable characters. I loved her.

I also enjoyed very much the dynamics between the two brothers, Jackson and Goldy. As in the book, Jackson is a hard character to handle because he's so incredibly naïf in a world which is just the opposite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roy Clark on August 31, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
RAGE IN HARLEM is about the funniest 'caper' movie I've seen. Every character is portrayed in depth and is delightful in their avarice, craftiness, violence, appetites, humanity and a lot more to make a cast of unforgettable quirky people. Even though not all make it through the carnage. Bloody yes, but funny and at times poignant too.

The actors are familiar stars, back when abit younger (produced in 1991). But their talent is very evident here, shown through every twist and tumble of the cliff-hangers throughout the film. And the print is fine indeed; along with all production values. Forest Whitaker, Danny Glover, Robin Givens and Gregory Hines all give their all; everything, action, bawdy humor, music, all shine through.

If this fine flick does it for you, do try another cross-over classic Devil in A Blue Dress Both are original, high-energy and wonderful productions. In Devil in a Blue Dress, Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle are absolutely brilliant! (there's humor; but it's still an engrossing mystery, with sharp depictions of LA post-World War II).
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By Nuisance on December 14, 2008
Format: DVD
A Rage In Harlem is probably one of the most slept-on comedy/action features of all time. It had an all-star cast and didnt waste them and under the direction of Bill Duke, it succeeded in what it needed to be.

The story: Imabelle is a pretty female crook that leaves for Harlem after taking the money with her. She meets up with a naive milksop named Jackson(Forest Whitaker)and uses his naivete' to her advantage. She later ends up falling for him but things get worse when her gang shows up to his apartment.

A Rage In Harlem is interesting when its funny and is interesting when its not being funny. Its funny without trying too hard and it captures the 1930s era of Harlem. Plus it has nightclubs where people actually perform(hell, Harlem Nights didnt even have that). Forest Whitaker is good as the naive Jackson and Gregory Hines(RIP) is also good as his cousin Goldy. Robin Givens is great as the gorgeous but deceptive Imabelle. They have a little chemistry with each other even though I could do without the scene where Jackson licks her buns(YUCK!). Too raunchy for my taste. At any rate, A Rage In Harlem is one hell of ride from start to finish and is definitely worth being in your collection. Two thumbs up.

Also recommended movies by director Bill Duke: Hoodlum, Sister Act 2 and Deep Cover.
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