Across 110th Street
Across 110th Street (1972)

In this film, 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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 19, 1972
DVD Release Date: October 16, 2001
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

[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.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Extremely seedy and violent, this 1972 feature by Barry Shear and cinematographer Jack Priestley makes extraordinary use of Harlem locations.

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TV Guide

Smartly edited with terrific location work in New York City. The dependable Kotto is a standout.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Brian Orndorf

Gritty and mindful of perspective, the feature is a bruising examination of power and desperation, filled with energetic chases and fiery confrontations.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

Barry Shear's picture tries to be hard-edged and aim for realism, but doesn't always succeed.

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Roger Greenspun
New York Times

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.

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Christopher Sieving

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.

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Cole Smithey

[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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
If you want to see what films were like before being politically correct hit the big screen this is your film to watch. Just to see what life was all about in… More
Chris Weber
There is debate about whether this film should be classified as a blaxploitation film, or as a forerunner to those films. I'm on the fence about it (for… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Grouped in the blaxploitation vein, this is more a crime drama than your average exploitation film. A fantastic cast, a good script and a sweet soundtrack. The… More
Cassandra Maples
The significance of 110th Street in New York is that it is the line where Central Park ends and Harlem begins. This ultra-violent '70s cop thriller wastes… More
El Hombre Invisible
It's my personal opinion when I say the 70's produced some of the best films, ever. Filmmakers were trying to break loose of tired Hollywood… More
Tim Sigur
It's a pretty standard exploitation flick with a great cast. Anthony Quinn and Yaphet Kotto are awesome, but you can tell they were working within the… More