BLACK CAESAR (1973)
A film by Larry Cohen.
Cast: Fred Willianson, Gloria Hendy, Art Lund.
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. He performs a free-lance hit on a Mob contract to attract the attention of the head of a Mafia family. Reluctantly accepted into ‘The Family,’ he grows increasingly autonomous and aggressive, eventually starting a gang war. This film was originally given for Sammy Davis Jr. But he turned it down that was a mistake. This film has became a cult classic, a gangster action film at its best. It has great acting, and story telling. The score is from James Brown is also fine. This film found its audience very quickly back then.