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Black Caesar (1973)
« on: July 27, 2013, 11:59:22 AM »

Black Caesar is a 1973 American Blaxploitation film, starring Fred Williamson and Gloria Hendry. The film was written and directed by Larry Cohen and is a remake of the 1931 film Little Caesar. It features a notable musical score (Black Caesar) by James Brown (with heavy input from his bandleader Fred Wesley), his first experience with writing music for film. A sequel titled Hell Up in Harlem was released in late 1973.

Tommy Gibbs (Fred Williamson) is an African-American who grew up in Harlem, New York City. As a kid, he was brutally assaulted by racist white cop McKinney. The incident led him to a life of crime. As an adult, he joins New York mafia and becomes the head of a black crime syndicate in Harlem. He wages a gang war with the Italian mobsters of New York City and begins to establish a criminal empire, keeping a ledger book of all his dealings as leverage over his business associates, including McKinney.

This is quite possibly my favourite Blacksploitation film. Cohen's skill as a film-maker combined with Fred Williamson's performance makes for a highly enjoyable and gritty film.