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 New York City's Harlem. 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.
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Hail Caesar, Godfather of Harlem...The Cat with the .45-Caliber Claws!
Did You Know?
Capt. McKinneys sidearm is a pre-War Colt Official Police revolver with a four-inch barrel. See more
When Tommy shoots one man, the blood spray comes from in front of man. See more
You can sleep until noon, if you want anything, just press a button.
Me? Live in this apartment? Why they'd hang me right off that terrace, Jew folks ain't even allowed here.
In the original theatrical version, when a wounded Tommy Gibbs is seen wandering in the city's slums at the film's conclusion. The film fades to the New York skyline with the caption August 22, 1972 appearing and then the end credits. However, the European version includes a scene before it when a street gang rob, beat and leave Tommy for dead. Strangely, that version was made available for all VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray copies issued by MGM. See more
Like It Is, Like It Was
Written by James Brown
and Fred Wesley
Performed by James Brown See more