Directed by Barry Shear • 1972 • United States
Starring Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto, Anthony Franciosa
Evocatively shot on location in 1970s Harlem, this gut-punching crime drama combines film noir and blaxploitation tropes into an explosive portrait of simmering social and racial tensions. Yaphet Kotto and Anthony Quinn are the NYPD officers—the former a straitlaced Black detective, the latter a racist and corrupt Italian American veteran of the force—assigned to investigate a violent robbery gone wrong. As they race across Harlem in search of the suspects, they must also contend with a ruthless Mafia boss (Anthony Franciosa) who has his own reasons for wanting to get his hands on the perpetrators.