American International Pictures, directed by Larry Cohen
& Unknown Director
William Wellman, Jr.;
Julius W. Harris;
Don Pedro Colley;
Francisco De Garcia;
One of the best black action films in terms of plot and performance. Fred Williamson is excellent in the role of Tommy Gibbs, a part originally written for Sammy Davis Jnr. A box office hit and critically well received, Black Caesar features a great James Brown soundtrack too. Black Caesar charts the rise of ambitious black mobster Gibbs who intends to "?break in to the business at the top." The young Gibbs is scarred by a corrupt white cop. Years later he takes out a gangster in broad daylight before going to meet the boss of the Mob and demands recognition. He becomes a Mob hitman in return for his own 'patch'. Having appropriated the Mob's rent books and appointed the services of their top lawyer, he shows his power by throwing the attorney and his wife out of their high-rise apartment and keeps it for himself. Gibbs eventually takes over from the white Mafia boss Sal Cardoza but discovers a Mafia faction fighting his control so he assassinates the Cordoza brothers in a poolside massacre. While Gibbs becomes increasingly caught up in his work his girlfriend marries his best friend. Gibbs now attempts to control the ghettos of all the big cities, without realising that the same cop, John McKinney, who injured him as a boy is now on his trail. McKinney finds the rent books through Gibb's ex-girlfriend and then has him shot in the street. The attorney and Gibb's best friend are killed by McKinney who is eventually killed by a dying Gibbs in the final confrontation.
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