Across 110th Street
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Though almost sedate by today's standard, Across 110th Street was considered the last word in gratuitous bloodshed back in 1972. Anthony Quinn plays an on-the-take New York cop who is deeply indebted to the local Mafia. When three black criminals steal a huge sum of money from the mob-controlled Harlem numbers racket, Quinn is assigned by headquarters to collar the criminals and retrieve the loot. He spends much of the film brooding over where his true loyalties lie-a problem that does not plague his honest partner, Yaphet Kotto. The excessively brutal finale pits a fed-up Quinn against… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"[Across 110th Street] is well-made, realistic in presentation and effect with uniformly good portrayals from actors, but depressingly lacking in a sympathetic focal point for audiences to grasp."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Extremely seedy and violent, this 1972 feature by Barry Shear and cinematographer Jack Priestley makes extraordinary use of Harlem locations."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Smartly edited with terrific location work in New York City. The dependable Kotto is a standout."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of the best actioners of the 1970s, this unpretentious film benefits from sharp editing, on-location shooting and strong acting."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's a gutsy affair, given a distinct lift by the Harlem locations; and between the bouts of physical aggression, there are occasional moments of insight into the fraught relationship between Quinn and Kotto."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Gritty and mindful of perspective, the feature is a bruising examination of power and desperation, filled with energetic chases and fiery confrontations."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Barry Shear's picture tries to be hard-edged and aim for realism, but doesn't always succeed."
‑ Adrian Turner, Radio Times
"Dated crime drama headed by top cast including Anthony Quinn."
‑ Steve Crum,
"It manages at once to be unfair to blacks, vicious towards whites and insulting to anyone who feels that race relations might consist of something better than improvised genocide."
‑ Roger Greenspun, New York Times
"Violence, especially violence at the expense of the black community, has seldom been more candidly dissected and critiqued in American film as it is in Across 110th Street."
‑ Christopher Sieving, PopMatters
"[VIDEO] As exaggerated as the violence appears, it is in keeping with the social climate of the time. No punches are pulled, and rightly so."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Before studios insisted on an injection of sugary sentiment, this what what a New York cop thriller looked like."
‑ , Film4
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