Bobby Womack - Across 100th Street


Bobby Womack - Across 100th Street

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Across 110th Street
Across 110th Street.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Barry Shear
Produced by Anthony Quinn
Fouad Said
Barry Shear
Written by Luther Davis
Based on Across 110th
by Wally Ferris
Starring Anthony Quinn
Yaphet Kotto
Anthony Franciosa
Music by Bobby Womack
J.J. Johnson
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • December 19, 1972
Running time
102 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $10,000,000

 

  "Across 110th Street" is an American crime drama released in 1972. It was directed by Barry Shear and stars Yaphet Kotto, Anthony Quinn, Anthony Franciosa and Paul Benjamin. The film is set in Harlem and takes its name from 110th Street, the traditional dividing line between Harlem and Central Park that functioned as an informal boundary of race and class in 1970s New York City. Focusing on a heist, murder and their subsequent investigation, Across 110th Street takes inspiration from both the blaxploitation films of the 1970s as well as the film noir genre. "Across 110th Street" is remembered in part for its soundtrack, which features a classic song of the same name by soul artist Bobby Womack.

 

Plot

Jim Harris goes with his partners to steal $300,000 from a Mafia-controlled policy bank in Harlem, disguised as police officers. The robbery goes wrong and results in the deaths of seven men — three black gangsters, two members of the Mafia, and two police officers. Lieutenant William Pope, a straight-laced black police officer is assigned to work the case with aging Captain Frank Mattelli, a street-wise but racist Italian-American cop. Although Lieutenant Pope works strictly by the book and states that he is in charge of the investigation, he struggles to restrain Mattelli, who receives money from Doc Johnson, the leader of black organized crime in Harlem. Over the course of roughly twenty-four hours, Pope and Mattelli race to get to the criminals before they can be hunted down by the Mafia, which is also searching for Harris’ crew. The Italians are led by Nick DiSalvio, a savage capo who takes pleasure in torturing his victims.

 

Cast

  • Anthony Quinn as Capt. Mattelli
  • Yaphet Kotto as Lt. Pope
  • Anthony Franciosa as Nick D'Salvio
  • Paul Benjamin as Jim Harris
  • Ed Bernard as Joe Logart
  • Richard Ward as Doc Johnson
  • Antonio Fargas as Henry J. Jackson
  • Norma Donaldson as Gloria Roberts
  • Gilbert Lewis as Shevvy
  • Marlene Warfield as Mrs. Jackson
  • Nat Polen as Lt. Reilly
  • Tim O'Connor as Lt. Hartnett
  • Burt Young as Lapides
  • Charles McGregor as Chink
  • Paul Harris as Mr. C.

 

 

Release

The film earned an estimated $3.4 million in North American rentals in 1973.

 

Reception

Across 110th Street opened to mixed reviews and moderate success at the box office. In a 1972 review Variety magazine commended the film for its realism, tight editing and solid performances. While some white critics panned the film it was reasonably popular among black audiences. In 1973 veteran black Chicago journalist Lu Palmer opened his alternative newspaper, Black X-Press Info Paper, with a review of Across 110th Street. He reflected that the film was particularly thoughtful and well-acted compared to many other low-budget blaxploitation pictures of the era, and noted that “this flick ought to be carefully studied — again, for its images and messages.”

 

 

Soundtrack

Across 110th Street Soundtrack
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Soundtrack album by Bobby Womack and J.J. Johnson
Released December 16, 1972
Recorded 1972
Genre R&B
Length 30:13
Label United Artists
Producer Bobby Womack
Bobby Womack and J.J. Johnson chronology
Understanding
(1972)
Across 110th Street Soundtrack
(1972)
Facts of Life
(1973)

 

The soundtrack of Across 110th Street reflects the mood and historical context of the film. The songs were written and performed by Bobby Womack, while the score was composed and conducted by J. J. Johnson. Made up of gritty and brooding funk, the soundtrack echoes the dark themes and imagery of the film.

The critically praised title song was a No. 19 hit on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart in 1973 and was later featured in Quentin Tarantino's 1997 blaxploitation homage Jackie Brown. Its lyrics reflect the broader themes of impoverishment and desperation in the film, where characters feel beaten down by poverty and must do whatever it takes to stay alive.

 

  1. "Across 100th Street" (performed by Bobby Womack and Peace) (US #56, R&B #19)
  2. "Harlem Clavinette" (performed by J. J. Johnson and his Orchestra)
  3. "If You Don't Want My Love" (performed by Bobby Womack and Peace)
  4. "Hang On In There (instrumental)" (performed by J. J. Johnson and his Orchestra)
  5. "Quicksand" (performed by Bobby Womack and Peace)
  6. "Harlem Love Theme" (performed by J. J. Johnson and his Orchestra)
  7. "Across 110th Street (instrumental)" (performed by J. J. Johnson and his Orchestra)
  8. "Do It Right" (performed by Bobby Womack and Peace)
  9. "Hang On In There" (performed by Bobby Womack and Peace)
  10. "If You Don't Want My Love (instrumental)" (performed J. J. Johnson and his Orchestra)
  11. "Across 110th Street – Part II" (performed by Bobby Womack and Peace)

 

 

 

Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street

U.S. United Artists UAS 5225 stereo

Record produced by Bobby Womack.

This record for sale is a modern re-press of the album first released in 1972.

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.

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