Cotton Comes to Harlem


Action / Comedy

Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 68%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 1356


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Cleavon Little as Lo Boy
John Anderson as Capt. Bryce
Redd Foxx as Uncle Budd / Booker Washington Sims
Vernee Watson as Woman
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1hr 37 min
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Reviewed by Scott LeBrun 8 / 10

Fresh, fast, and funny. A true trailblazer.

Films such as "Shaft" and "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song" may be generally credited for kick starting the blaxploitation boom of the 1970s, but this lively, engaging action comedy actually beat them to the punch. Adapted from the novel by Chester Himes, it was co-written and directed by the iconic black actor Ossie Davis, who guides all of it in high style. Well staged and well shot at various Harlem locations, it begins with a bang and holds your attention until a memorable finale at the Apollo.

Godfrey Cambridge and Raymond St. Jacques star as hip, stylish police detectives "Grave Digger" Jones and "Coffin Ed" Johnson. They're suspicious of reverend / activist Deke O'Malley (Calvin Lockhart), and indeed the man is a big phony. At stake is $87,000 of the money of the hard working people of Harlem, who thought it was going towards a cruise to Africa. In their own "head breaking" but honourable way, Grave Digger and Coffin Ed work the clues and track down the cash, while dealing with a demanding white superior (John Anderson) and sundry other characters.

"Cotton Comes to Harlem" promises fine entertainment to come, in much the same way that Grave Digger and Coffin Ed follow through on their promises. The music score by Galt MacDermot is brilliant, as are the songs on the soundtrack. Director Davis keeps the pace, the laughs, and the action consistent. The cast is full of familiar faces: lovely ladies Judy Pace and Emily Yancy, the legendary Redd Foxx (just a few years before 'Sanford & Son'), Lou Jacobi, Eugene Roche, J.D. Cannon, Cleavon Little, Teddy Wilson, Helen Martin, and Leonardo Cimino. All of them are great, but it's the smooth chemistry between Cambridge and St. Jacques that dominates the proceedings. They make for a great pairing. They're smart, tough, and don't miss a beat.

The ending offers a delicious twist that you won't see coming if you're not already familiar with the material.

Followed by the sequel, "Come Back Charleston Blue".

Eight out of 10.

Reviewed by punishmentpark 6 / 10

Interesting on the one side, but a little dull on the other.

Buddy movie / crime caper with a new take on American culture when the sixties were coming to an end while racial tensions needed to be addressed... and so does 'Cotton comes to Harlem'.

The film has a promising premise, but it doesn't play its cards right; pretty much straight away it isn't hard to guess that the 'good' reverend would have something to do with the heist. But the pay-off, when finally the curtain falls on him, is rather okay. Most of the other developments in the story didn't have to take as much time as they did (the two riots and the chase are perfect examples of scenes being dragged out too long). A lot of the humour was cheesy without a good punch nor delivery.

Still, the film is an admirable try to focus on several difficult issues, and is the first in the blaxploitation genre, I've read, although this has hardly any of the gore, nudity or explosions in it that one would expect. But it does get across that a little bit of common sense and a sense of humour can go a long way against violence, ignorance, greed and apathy - well, one would hope.

Godfrey Cambridge's terrific performance in 'Watermelon man' bumped this title up my list, and he does quite okay here, but the film itself is rather too long and at times on the dull side to allow anyone to truly shine. Well, Judy Pace deserves a mention - her black is beautiful and not to be messed with!

A good 6 out of 10. If you want to see a true testament to black power in the seventies, go see 'Sweet Sweetback's baad asssss song', though!

Reviewed by Uriah43 6 / 10

Back to Africa

This movie begins with a con-man by the name of "Reverend Deke O'Malley" (Calvin Lockhart) sponsoring a "Back to Africa" initiative and selling tickets to people in Harlem who are naive enough to trust him. However, his plans go awry when he attempts to fleece his partner who stages a heist and makes off with the $87,000 in revenue generated at Reverend O'Malley's benefit rally. This results in two hardened police detectives, "Grave Digger Jones" (Godfrey Cambridge) and "Coffin Ed Johnson" (Raymond St. Jacques) getting involved despite the obstacles put in their path by Reverend O'Malley, his girlfriend "Iris" (Judy Pace) and their own Chief of Police, "Captain Bryce" (John Anderson). Now, rather than disclose the rest of the movie and possibly ruining it for those who haven't seen it, I will just say that this was a pretty good "Blaxploitation" film. Although the story got a little complicated at first, all of the pieces of the puzzle seemed to fit by the end of the movie. And while I liked the performances of the aforementioned Godfrey Cambridge and Raymond St. Jacques, it was clearly Judy Pace who was the main attraction. In any case, while it may not be the best "Blaxploitation" film ever made it still wasn't too bad and I recommend it to those who enjoy movies of this sort.

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