Across 110th Street is a 1972 American crime-drama film, starring Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto, and Tony Franciosa, and directed by Barry Shear. Commonly associated with the blaxploitation genre at the time, it has received considerable critical praise from writer Greil Marcus and others for being a film that surpassed the limitations of that genre.
Kotto plays a by-the-book black police lieutenant who has to work with a crude, racist and streetwise Italian-American captain, played by Quinn. They are after three black robbers who slaughtered five men—three Italians and two Blacks—in a raid on a Mob owned Harlem policy bank that netted $300,000. The getaway driver is played by Antonio Fargas. Franciosa plays a Mafia lieutenant who, with his henchmen, goes after the hoods. Paul Benjamin plays the troubled but good-hearted Jim Harris, which is the last of the surviving hoods; he makes his choice in the emotional climax.
In one of many violent scenes, Franciosa finds Fargas' character and brutalizes him in a Harlem whorehouse.
The film's critically-praised title song, by Bobby Womack, was a #19 hit on the Billboard Top Black Singles chart in 1973, and was later featured in Quentin Tarantino's 1997 blaxploitation homage Jackie Brown. It is also heard in Ridley Scott's 2007 American Gangster, and as a background song for the video game True Crime: New York City.
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