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R| 1 hr. 58 min.

Plot Summary
In the waning days of Prohibition, Sugar Ray (Richard Pryor) and his adopted son, Quick (Eddie Murphy), run a speakeasy called Club Sugar Ray. When gangster Bugsy Calhoune (Michael Lerner) learns that Sugar Ray's place is pulling in more money than his own establishment, the Pitty Pat Club, he pays corrupt cop Phil Cantone (Danny Aiello) to close Club Sugar Ray down. Quick doesn't exactly help the situation when he falls for Calhoune's gun moll, Miss Dominique La Rue (Jasmine Guy).

Cast: Eddie Murphy , Richard Pryor , Redd Foxx , Danny Aiello , Michael Lerner , Della Reese , Berlinda Tolbert , Stan Shaw

Director: Eddie Murphy

Genres: Comedy

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Harlem Nights (1989)

Release Date: November 17th, 1989|1 hr. 58 min.

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  • 38
    Mike Clark USA Today

    I don't mind that Nights is a potty-mouth benchmark; crude verbiage is appropriate to the leads, as well as the film's subject matter. This is, however, an amazingly mean two hours. Even the funniest gag involves Murphy's fatal shooting of three men. [17 Nov 1989, p.6D] show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    People may go to see Eddie Murphy once, twice, three or even six times in disposable movies like Harlem Nights, but if he wants to realize his potential he needs to work with a better writer and director than himself. show more

  • 50
    TV Guide

    Harlem Nights isn't the embarrassing vanity production it might have been, there's still not a lot to be said for it. show more

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