Harlem Nights

November 17th, 1989


Harlem Nights

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"Sugar" Ray is the owner of an illegal casino, who contend with the pressures of vicious gangster and corrupt policemen who want to see him go out of business...

Release Year: 1989

Rating: 5.4/10 (7,945 voted)

Critic's Score: 16/100

Director: Eddie Murphy

Stars: Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx

"Sugar" Ray is the owner of an illegal casino, who contend with the pressures of vicious gangster and corrupt policemen who want to see him go out of business. In the world of organized crime and police corruption in the 1920s, any dastardly trick is fair!

Eddie Murphy - Quick
Richard Pryor - Sugar Ray
Redd Foxx - Bennie Wilson
Danny Aiello - Phil Cantone
Michael Lerner - Bugsy Calhoune
Della Reese - Vera
Berlinda Tolbert - Annie
Stan Shaw - Jack Jenkins
Jasmine Guy - Dominique La Rue
Vic Polizos - Richie Vento
Lela Rochon - Sunshine
David Marciano - Tony
Arsenio Hall - Crying Man
Thomas Mikal Ford - Tommy Smalls (as Tommy Ford)
Uncle Ray Murphy - Willie (as Uncle Ray)

Taglines: They're up to something big.

Release Date: 17 November 1989

Filming Locations: Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $16,000,000 (USA)

Gross: $95,900,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

On the opening date of this film, at the "Americana 8", a theater in Southfield, Michigan (on the border of Detroit), a patron shot and wounded two people inside the theater, before being killed by police officers in the parking lot. This led to the first ever movie theater in the world to install permanent metal detectors, which passing through were required for entry.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Jenkins talks with a stutter throughout the movie, but when Sergeant Cantone tells him to sign the autograph or go to jail, Jenkins loses the stutter when he says "who do I make this out to?"

Vera: Kiss my ENTIRE ass!

User Review

I can't believe this movie is a 4.8!!


Yeah, yeah this movie is full of profanity and I see other users saying that Eddie couldnt decide if it was a comedy, drama, etc. I personally thought the movie was hilarious and quite clever. I never really thought it was anything other than a comedy. Tell me how a movie this good gets a rating of 4.8, when an awful movie like The Thomas Crown Affair (the remake) gets a 7.0!!! Try this everyone, sit down, relax and don't try to "read" anything into this movie......just enjoy it...


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