Hail Caesar Godfather of Harlem!
Tommy Gibbs is a tough kid, raised in the ghetto, who aspires to be a kingpin criminal. As a young boy, his leg is broken by a bad cop on the take, during a payoff gone bad. Nursing his vengeance, he rises to power in Harlem, New York. Angry at the racist society around him, both criminal and straight, he sees the acquisition of power as the solution to his rage.
It's a comforting feeling... Recognizing traits, themes and styles in a director you like.
Black Caesar is often seen as a blaxsploitation response to The Godfather in that it shows a Black Man who becomes a crime boss rather than a street hood. Of course this production, which has most of the limitations you’d expect from a 70s exploitation film, never comes close to rivaling Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece but the film does rise above its peers at times. Director Larry Cohen shows some real skill and ambition at certain points in the film, and Fred Williamson proves to be a strong leading man. Of course no self-respected Blaxploitation film would be complete without a funky soundtrack and here that’s provided by none other than James Brown himself. The film certainly does get silly at times, but for the most part it’s a strong example of the genre.
....The Cat With The .45 Calibre Claws - Not only is this Larry Cohen's best film alongside It's Alive, it's also one of the greatest gangster movies ever made. As for James Brown's score? An essential for any soundtrack collection.
Decent enough blaxploitation flick.
Far less blacksploitative than most blacksploitation flicks I've seen but still pretty standard territory of black gangster vs. The Man. Fred Williamson brings a level of intelligence and class I'm not accustomed to seeing yet doesn't disappoint when lovin' and smackin' his bitches. Brought to you by Larry Cohen, genius behind The Stuff!