Watch a Movie on Fancast: “Across 110th Street”

by | September 4, 2008 at 6:19 PM | General

Across 110th Street

On the other side of 110th Street lies Harlem, a hard place to be back in 1972. Bobby Womack’s title song to this film drove the point home

Across 110th Street,
Pimps trying to catch a woman that’s weak
Across 110th Street,
Pushers won’t let the junkie go free.
Across 110th Street,
Woman trying to catch a trick on the street.
Across 110th Street,
You can find it all in the street.

“You don’t know what you’ll do until you’re put under pressure. Across 110th Street is a hell of a tester.”

Yaphet Kotto is Lieutenant Pope, a young black cop forced to work for the bullying white Captain Mattelli (Anthony Quinn), who views police brutality as a result-getter, especially in this neighborhood. They’re on the trail of three black thieves who have stolen a big chunk of Italian mafia money and killed five people in the process. Their driver is Antonio Fargas, but he’s no Huggy Bear here. The cops need to find these criminals before the Mafia heavy Nick DiSalvio (Anthony Franciosa) does, because he won’t be as nice, and at least one of those robbers (Paul Benjamin) doesn’t really want to be what he’s become. He’s not saying what he did was all right, but trying to get out of the ghetto is a day to day fight.

Womack’s theme song was used again in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, but you can feel where it really came from in Barry Shear’s violent and gritty cult classic Across 110th Street.

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