Mr. Untouchable

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Released 2007

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Director:
Marc Levin
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
Mr. Untouchable is a 2007 film based on the true life story of Nicky Barnes, famous millionaire drug lord who transformed lifestyles when he went from rags to riches. Nicky was a notorious junkie living in Harlem who became infamously rich for controlling the heroin trade in New York during the 1970’s. Nicky was the leader of the African American crime organization known as The Council. Shortly after being coined “Mr. Untouchable”, a name introduced by a New York Times editor; Nicky was sentenced to life in jail without parole and without any promise of every being released, started dropping names. He is now referred to as “the black Godfather”. Directed by Marc Levin, Mr. Untouchable is an inside look into the life of “the black Godfather”, with first-hand testimonials from Nicky Barnes himself. Mr. Untouchable is the story of Nicky’s life as he tells it, which makes for a thrilling documentary involving greed, excess, and revenge.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A slick package all around. Adroitly edited, filled with fine music like Curtis Mayfield's "Pusherman" and more people flashing needles than at a garment worker's convention, this ...

  • 60

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    There is some acknowledgment of the terrible effects of the drug trade on residents of Harlem and other poor New York neighborhoods, but for the most part Mr. Untouchable clings to...

  • 50

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Alternately seduced and repelled by its subject, the garish and power-hungry Harlem gangster and '70s cocaine kingpin Nicky Barnes, Mr. Untouchable is one seriously confused docume...

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    Documentary, Drama

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    Crime, Crime & Conspiracy, African-American Heritage