Edwin Starr - Hell Up In Harlem

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Hell Up In Harlem
Hell Up in Harlem Poster.JPG
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Larry Cohen
Produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff
Larry Cohen
James Dixon
Peter Sabiston
Janelle Webb
Written by Larry Cohen
Starring Fred Williamson
Margaret Avery
Julius Harris
Gloria Hendry
D'Urville Martin
Music by Edwin Starr
Cinematography Fenton Hamilton
Edited by Franco Guerri
Peter Honess
Distributed by American International Pictures
Release date
  • December 16, 1973
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English


  "Hell Up in Harlem" is a 1973 blaxploitation film, starring Fred Williamson and Gloria Hendry. Written and directed by Larry Cohen, it is a sequel to the film Black Caesar.

The film's soundtrack was recorded by Edwin Starr and released by Motown Records in January 1974.



Having survived the assassination attempt at the end of Black Caesar, Tommy Gibbs takes on corrupt New York District Attorney DiAngelo, who had sought to jail Gibbs and his father, Papa Gibbs, in order to monopolize the illicit drug trade. Gibbs decides to eliminate drug pushing from the streets of Harlem, while continuing to carry out his other illicit enterprises. Gibbs falls in love with Sister Jennifer (Margaret Avery), a woman who works with Reverend Rufus, a former pimp who has found a religious calling.

Gibbs and his father have a falling out after Gibbs is told by his enforcer, Zach, that his father ordered the death of Gibbs' ex-wife, Helen. Gibbs and Margaret move to Los Angeles, leaving Papa Gibbs in charge of the Harlem territory. It is later revealed that Zach himself killed Helen as part of a move to take over the territory, with the assistance of DiAngelo. Gibbs defeats hit men sent to take him out in Los Angeles, while Papa dies from a heart attack which fighting Zach.

Knowing that DiAngelo will be having the New York airports and roads watched, Gibbs flies in to Philadelphia, and then enters New York City on foot in order to carry out a personal war against Zach and DiAngelo.



  • Fred Williamson — Tommy Gibbs
  • Julius Harrus — Papa Gibbs
  • Gloria Hendry — Helen
  • Margaret Avery — Sister Jennifer
  • D'Urville Martin — Reverend Rufus
  • Tony King — Zach
  • Gerald Gordon — DiAngelo
  • Bobby Ramsen — Joe Frankfurter
  • James Dixon — Irish
  • Esther Sutherland — The Cook
  • Charles MacGuire — Charles MacGregor




Edwin Starr - Hell Up In Harlem (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).

U.S. Motown M802V1

This record for sale is a modern repress of the album first released in 1974.

The vinyl record attains a Mint- grading, suggesting very few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.

The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

The album cover has a strong, undamaged spine, displaying very clear, printed script.

For full track listing see Own tab.

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