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A Rage in Harlem

A Rage in Harlem

A Rage in Harlem

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1991 / 115min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: BILL DUKE

CAST: FOREST WHITAKER, DANNY GLOVER, ROBIN GIVENS

Duke taps into the spirit of novelist Chester Himes, adapted here, for this 1950s-set comedy caper produced by Forest Whitaker, who also stars opposite Robin Givens, a gangster’s moll on the lam in Harlem, evoked as a vibrant, vividly colorful scene of street theater peopled by a cast of larger-than-life characters including Gregory Hines, Badja Djola, and Danny Glover’s neighborhood overboss Easy Money. Elmer Bernstein’s score provides some old Hollywood swing, while Duke directs with new school punch and panache.

Screening as a part of Bill Duke.