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Encyclopedia > Black Caesar (film)
Black Caesar

Theatrical release poster.
Directed by Larry Cohen
Produced by Larry Cohen
Benjamin Fisz
Kenneth Rive
Written by Larry Cohen
Starring Fred Williamson
Gloria Hendry
Music by James Brown
Distributed by American International Pictures
Release date(s) February 7, 1973
Running time 87 minutes
Language English
Followed by Hell Up in Harlem
IMDb profile

Black Caesar is a 1973 blaxploitation film, starring Fred Williamson and Gloria Hendry. The film was written and directed by Larry Cohen. It is a remake of the 1931 film Little Caesar. It features a notable musical score by James Brown (with heavy input from his bandleader Fred Wesley), his first experience of writing music for film. A sequel titled, Hell Up in Harlem was released in late 1973. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Fred The Hammer Williamson (born March 5, 1938 in Gary, Indiana) is a former professional football player, a star defensive back in the AFL during the 1960s. ... Gloria Hendry (born March 3, 1949) is an actress. ... James Joseph Brown, Jr. ... The early AIP logo. ... is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Hell Up in Harlem is a 1973 blaxploitation film, starring Fred Williamson and Gloria Hendry. ... // Events The Marx Brothers Zeppo Marx divorces his second wife, Barbara Blakely. ... Shaft (1971) Blaxploitation is a film genre that emerged in the United States in the early 1970s when many exploitation films were made that targeted the urban African American audience; the word itself is a portmanteau of the words “black” and “exploitation. ... Fred The Hammer Williamson (born March 5, 1938 in Gary, Indiana) is a former professional football player, a star defensive back in the AFL during the 1960s. ... Gloria Hendry (born March 3, 1949) is an actress. ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... The Larry Cohen Collection Larry Cohen (born 15 July 1941, Kingston, New York, USA) is an American film producer, director, and screenwriter. ... In film, a remake is a newer version of a previously released film or a newer version of the source (play, novel, story, etc. ... // Frankenstein, starring Boris Karloff Ingagi, starring Sir Hubert Winstead Mata Hari, starring Greta Garbo and Lionel Barrymore City Lights starring Charles Chaplin Best Picture: Cimarron - MGM Best Actor: Lionel Barrymore - A Free Soul Best Actor: Wallace Beery - The Champ Best Actor: Fredric March - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. ... Little Caesar is a 1931 crime film made during the Pre-Code era which tells the story of a man who works his way up the ranks of the mob until he reaches its upper heights. ... A film score is a set of musical compositions written to accompany a film. ... James Joseph Brown, Jr. ... A bandleader is the director of a band of musicians. ... Fred Wesley (born 1943) is an American jazz and funk trombonist. ... Hell Up in Harlem is a 1973 blaxploitation film, starring Fred Williamson and Gloria Hendry. ...


Cast

  • Fred Williamson — Tommy Gibbs
  • Gloria Hendry — Helen
  • Art Lund — McKinney
  • D'Urville Martin — Reverend Rufus
  • Julius Harris — Mr. Gibbs
  • Minnie Gentry — Mama Gibbs
  • Philip Roye — Joe Washington
  • William Wellman Jr. — Alfred Coleman
  • James Dixon — Bryant
  • Val Avery — Cardoza
  • Patrick McAllister — Grossfield
  • Don Pedro Colley — Crawdaddy
  • Myrna Hansen — Virginia Coleman
  • Omer Jeffrey — Tommy as a boy
  • Mike Anthony Jones — Joe as a boy

Fred The Hammer Williamson (born March 5, 1938 in Gary, Indiana) is a former professional football player, a star defensive back in the AFL during the 1960s. ... Gloria Hendry (born March 3, 1949) is an actress. ... Julius W. Harris, (1923, Philadelphia - October 17, 2004 Woodland Hills, California) was an American actor who played in more than 70 movies and on TV in a career that spanned four decades. ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... Myrna Hansen (born August 5, 1934) is Miss USA 1953. ...

Trivia

  • Some of James Brown's songs used in the film were sampled by prominent rap musicians - Das EFX and Ice-T ("The Boss" which is the background music where Tommy Gibbs is shot while crossing a street corner was sampled for Ice-T's "You Played Yourself"). More recently, by The Alchemist for Prodigy's currently last album Return of the Mac.
  • The film is name-checked in Public Enemy's song "Burn Hollywood Burn", when guest rapper Big Daddy Kane reacts to the abandonment of black culture by Hollywood filmmakers by saying "I got Black Caesar back at the crib. Big Daddy Kane makes another reference to the movie in his song "How U Get A Record Deal".

James Joseph Brown, Jr. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Das EFX is an American hip-hop group. ... Tracy Marrow (born February 16, 1958)[1], better known by stage name Ice-T, is an American rapper, rock musician, author, former United States Army soldier, and actor. ... The Alchemist, born Alan Maman, is one of East Coast hip hops leading producers. ... Look up prodigy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Return of the Mac (disambiguation). ... Public Enemy, also known as PE, is a hip hop group from Long Island, New York, known for their politically charged lyrics, criticism of the media, and active interest in the concerns of the African American community. ... Fear of a Black Planet is an East Coast rap album by the hip hop group Public Enemy, released on March 20, 1990 (see 1990 in music). ... Antonio Hardy (born September 10, 1968), better known by his stage name Big Daddy Kane, is a record producer/rapper from the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn, New York. ...

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