Black Caesar

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MGM Released 1973

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Director:
Larry Cohen
Released:
1973
Rating:
R

Black Caesar is the 1973 blaxploitation remake of the 1931 Mervyn LeRoy classic "Little Caesar." The movie is about a tough African-American crime lord, Tommy Gibbs (Fred Williamson), who joins the mafia and becomes the leader of the Harlem-based syndicate. Gibb's world view is shaped by his childhood experience of being brutally assaulted by a crooked racist cop McKinney (Art Lund). After he reaches adulthood, he is accepted with reluctance and skepticism by New York crime figures. Angry over the perceived racism and wanting to acquire his own power, Gibbs decides to wage war on the Mafia. His fed-up, cheating wife, Helen (Gloria Hendry), and his preacher brother, Rufus (D'Urville Martin), are unable to influence Gibbs. To make matters worse, Gibbs is forced to deal with McKinney again, who is now working full-time for the Mafia. If Gibbs wants to secure his place at the top, he must take care of the Mafia, McKinney and crew members who betray him.

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