Black Caesar

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Larry Cohen
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
87 min

Say, man, how's about a shine, mister?

Come on, put your foot up there.

I'll shine it up good.

OK, make it snappy.

Gonna shine 'em up good

so you can see your face in 'em.

Hurry up, kid. Come on, hurry up.

No sh*t, man. Takes time

to shine 'em up bright.

You little bastard! You little black

bastard, let go of my leg! Let go!

Let go! Let go of my leg!

I was born in New York City

on a Monday

It seems I was out shinin' shoes

by Tuesday noon

All the fat cats in their bad hats

doin' me a real big favour

I got the fat cats in their bad hats

playin' it on real good

Here's a dime, boy

Give me a shine, boy

Down and out in New York City

Got nowhere to be,

but where can you go

When you're down and out

in New York City

I'm never, never, never

gonna get that way again

Down and out in New York City

Got nowhere to be,

but where can you go

When you're down and out

in New York City

I'm never, never, never

gonna get that way again


No, no

No, no, not me

When you need a break

You need an angle

When you want a friend

Gonna get myself together

in the morning

Gonna leave it all as one bad dream

All the fat cats in their bad hats

are doin' me a real big favour

They've got the fat cats in their

bad hats playin' it on real good

Here's a dime, boy

Give me a shine

(baby cries)

N*ggers aren't allowed in this building.

They never are.

I been sent with this.

- You ever see me before?

- No.

You're lyin', blackbird.

- (woman) Who's at the door, Jack?

- The janitor.

We'll be back in a minute.

Where's the fella who usually

brings me this envelope?

How should I know?

You don't know a lot of things.

You and me better take us a little walk.

Remember, n*gger, you've never seen me,

you've never been here.

You got more to be afraid of

from me than anybody.

I'll cut your black balls off. You hear me?

I hear ya.

Oh, just a minute.

There's not enough here.

- Enough what?

- It's $50 short. Now, where is it?

I don't know. I don't have it.

You're lyin', boy.

I don't have it.

Listen, n*gger, they wouldn't dare

short-change me. So cough it up.

They did it, didn't they?

I don't have it!

I'll take it off of you.

I could put a bullet through you

for carrying a switchblade.

Do you want to be put away

or are you gonna give me that 50 bucks?

Look, you f***in' ass! I ain't got your

money. You don't get pissed at me!

Get out!


Yeah, come in.

Why aren't you with the other guys?

Why are you always by yourself?

Well, the, uh, the other guys,

they... they don't want me around.

Oh. Well, you're the one I wanna see.

See, I'm gonna be gone

for a few years under this rap.

I'm gonna learn a lot.

I want you to learn a lot too.

- What are you talkin' about?

- I mean, you're the big brain.

- I take good care of you.

- I'll be all right.

Just shut up and listen!

I want you to finish school - high school.

I was figurin' on CCNY someday.

It's for free.

I want you to learn where to put money

so you end up with

more than you started with.

Then when I get out, and I've started

my business, you'll be with me.

Sure. Anything you say.

- Now get out before you start cryin'.

- I ain't cryin'.

OK, so you're not cryin'! Get out. F*** off.

And Joe, before I see you again,

I want you to get laid.

Make it snappy. I gotta catch

a four o'clock flight to Vegas.

Yes, sir.

- You ever been to Vegas?

- No.

Figures. I never seen any coloured fellas

around the tables at Vegas.

I oughta tell the boys to let 'em in.

Christ's sakes. For Christ's sakes,

nobody likes to lose... like the Negroes.

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Larry Cohen

Lawrence G. "Larry" Cohen (born July 15, 1941) is an American film producer, director, and screenwriter. He is best known as a B-Movie auteur of horror and science fiction films – often containing a police procedural element – during the 1970s and 1980s. He has since concentrated mainly on screenwriting including the Joel Schumacher thriller Phone Booth (2002), Cellular (2004) and Captivity (2007). In 2006 Cohen returned to the directing chair for Mick Garris' Masters of Horror TV series (2006); he directed the episode "Pick Me Up". more…

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