Across 110th Street 1972

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Violent and bloody 'Blaxploitation' 70s thriller starring Anthony Quinn as Frank Mattelli, a good-natured but corrupt cop who, along with his young (and honest) black partner, Detective Lieutenant Pope (Yaphet Kotto), is assigned to track down three amateur crooks who have stolen $300, 000 from the Mafia. Anthony Franciosa co-stars as the sadistic and power-hungry mob boss, Nick D'Salvio. The title song, recorded by Bobby Womack, was re-used two decades later by Quentin Tarantino in his homage to 1970s crime flicks 'Jackie Brown'.

Starring:
Anthony Franciosa, Anthony Quinn
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Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 37 minutes
Starring Anthony Franciosa, Anthony Quinn, Antonio Fargas, Yaphet Kotto
Director Barry Shear
Genres Thriller
Studio MGM ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 21 February 2005
Main languages English
Dubbing German, French, Spanish, Italian
Subtitles Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
Hearing impaired subtitles English, German

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By James the King on 13 Dec 2007
Format: DVD
This incredible film was (mis)sold as a blaxploitation piece when it was released and, unfortunately, the label has stuck. (The US DVD is part of a black collection called "Soul Cinema").

Personally, I love blaxploitation movies for their brazen, unsubtle approach and mostly poor production values, but I can also understand why they do not interest a lot of people. Therein lies the tragedy of this great movie, as it bears very little resemblance to blaxploitation other than the fact that it has black people in it. It's pretty low budget, but it's a far cry from the clumsy and mindless tones of Bucktown, the gratuitous titillation of Coffy or the pounding social vengeance of Black Caesar. Even the better received titles like Shaft are unfair comparisons to this. This is no cheap thrill, this is very finely crafted and brilliantly acted piece of cinema.

Across 110th Street is really one third cop character piece, one third Mafia crime/revenge thriller, and one third (black) social drama. This could've been a very clumsy affair but is pulled off extraordinarily well by virtue of having a fantastic script, restrained, dispassionate, almost detached direction (by a man whose most notable prior achievement was a rather dull episode of Hawaii Five-0) and brilliant performances by a perfectly cast group of actors. Aside from a defining performance by Yaphet Kotto, I won't single them out, I will simply say that this film boasts one of the best ensemble casts I have ever seen.

Not wanting to give too much away, the story involves three men from Harlem who steal $300,000 from the mob and spend the rest of the film evading both them and the police investigating the robbery.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A.D.M. on 6 Sep 2008
Format: DVD
Films like this expose modern crime movies for the frauds they are. 110th Street, like all the best 70s crime films, paces perfectly, utilises excellent characterisation, and applies the violence mostly sparingly, but always bloodily. It avoids all the stomach churning self-awareness and self-obsessiveness that this genre is swamped in these days, and depicts racism in a tough, unflinching light. The final shoot-out, and poignant final shot are particular highlights of a film that is well worth your 102 minutes. Recommended if you enjoy stuff like French Connection and the Taking of Pelham 1,2,3. This one ticks all the boxes for me.
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Three friends decide rip off a mafia racket,the heist doesn't go as they expected it to and scores of people are killed including police officers.When the area boss Nick D'Salvio (Anthony Franciosa) hears that the crew got away with 300,000 dollars of his money he's determined to not only find them but to make an example of them.Tensions begin to rise within the black community as there's a deep mistrust of the police and also because Harlem is being controlled by a black gang boss under the guidance of the mafia.As the police start to investigate a code of silence kicks in as the hoods try to intimidate any possible witnesses,a black officer (Yaphet Kotto) is placed in charge of the case and he's forced to work with an old school cop (Anthony Quinn) who doesn't always go by the book.The pair don't get along at first as there's a deep mistrust between them with Kotto questioning Quinn's methods.As their investigation begins to pick up pace a mutual respect grows between them and it becomes a question of who will find the fugitives first,the cops or the mafia's henchmen who are using increasingly brutal methods to garner information that might get their money back.When one of the crew is found and brutally beaten causing him to die the remaining crew members decide that it's time to leave town before suffering the same fate.Some people have unfairly labelled this film as blaxploitation but it's much more than that,in my view it's one of the best films of the 70s,the film grabs you by the throat from the start and rarely lets you up for air.People may say that the violence is too gratuitous but for me it's necessary to convey the films overall tone,which is very bleak.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Guitar Kev on 2 July 2013
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Great watch. Funky Bobby Womack music and gritty cop drama. I'd say not far off a classic.
Recommended and not just for retro fans :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chris marriott on 11 Mar 2013
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Typically portraying the social downturn of life in 1970's Black Harlem - gangs, drugs, violence, social deprivation. The American Dream - NOT!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey R. Reed on 6 Mar 2013
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SUPERB! THIS DVD WAS ABSOLUTELY,UTTERLY,COMPLETELY,UNARGUABLY,TOTALLY SUPERB!
IN FACT,IT WAS SUPERB., IF I WERE ASKED FOR JUST ONE WORD TO DESCIRBE IT,THEN OF COURSE YOU'VE GUESSED IT ... - S U P E R B ! !
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