A Rage in Harlem
A Rage in Harlem (1991)

Bill Duke directs this quirky film adaptation of Chester Himes' crime novel -- a heavily plotted gangster tale with a sweet love story hidden underneath. The film begins in Natchez, Mississippi in 1956. During a police shoot-out with… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 3, 1991
DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Hartl
Seattle Times

With its snazzy Elmer Bernstein score, its snappy period flavor and its all-star cast doing something completely different, A Rage in Harlem should have been much more fun than it is.

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker

[A] flamboyant, engaging action comedy.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It bleeds for a kind of Harlem justice, as its intense black characters act tough, nasty, sexy, twisty, heroic and lively.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Jazzy and jauntily funny.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Duke and company have been true to Himes' brash, blaspheming spirit, and that is no small thing.

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TV Guide

A Rage in Harlem is the kind of film that, every ten minutes or so, requires violent bloodshed or a sexual rendezvous to prevent audiences from becoming glassy-eyed and slack-jawed.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

As the movie becomes increasingly violent and unpleasant, the characters chase around after each other in a threadbare gangster plot about a trunk of gold.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

Bill Duke's Harlem has the heft of an imaginatively heightened reality; it's a great place to visit.

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Joanna Berry
Radio Times

Based on Chester Himes's novel, this is a stylish, fast-moving and often humorous thriller from Deep Cover director Bill Duke.

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Cassandra Maples
(Includes one minor spoiler, but it's unrelated to the plot and really more of a recommendation.) Surprised to see so few votes and comments for A Rage in… More
xGary Xx
Average comic thriller interesting only for it's unusual adaptation of the book upon it was based, as it concentrates on the crooks rather than the cops.