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The Cool World (1963)

105 min | Crime, Drama

Filmmaker Shirley Clarke ("The Connection") directs this powerful, stark semi-documentary look at the horrors of Harlem ghetto slum life filled with drugs, violence, human misery, and a sense of despair due to the racial prejudices of ...See moreFilmmaker Shirley Clarke ("The Connection") directs this powerful, stark semi-documentary look at the horrors of Harlem ghetto slum life filled with drugs, violence, human misery, and a sense of despair due to the racial prejudices of American society. There is no patronizing of the black race in this cinematic cry for justice. A fifteen-year-old boy called Duke is ambitious to buy a "piece" (a gun) from an adult racketeer named Priest, to become president of the gang to which he belongs, and to return them to active "bopping" (gang fighting) which has declined in Harlem. It is a clearly patent allegory of an attempt by Duke to attain manhood and identity in the only way accessible to him - the antisocial one. Written by alfiehitchie See less
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Apr 20, 1964 (United States)

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47 cast members
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Rony Clanton
Duke (as Hampton Clanton) Duke (as Hampton Clanton)   See fewer
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Carl Lee
Priest Priest   See fewer
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Clarence Williams III
Blood (as Clarence Williams) Blood (as Clarence Williams)   See fewer
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Gary Bolling
Littleman Littleman   See fewer
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Gloria Foster
Mrs. Custis Mrs. Custis   See fewer
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Georgia Burke
Grandma Grandma   See fewer
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Marilyn Cox
Miss Dewpoint Miss Dewpoint   See fewer
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Jerome Raphael
Mr. Shapiro Mr. Shapiro   See fewer
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Mel Stewart
Con-man Con-man   See fewer
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Joe Dennis
Douglas Thurston (as Joseph Dennis) Douglas Thurston (as Joseph Dennis)   See fewer
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Ronald Perry
Savage Savage   See fewer
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Bruce Edwards
Warrior Warrior   See fewer
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Teddy McCain
Saint (as Ted McCain) Saint (as Ted McCain)   See fewer
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Joe Oliver
Angel Angel   See fewer
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Ken Sutherland
Big Jeff Big Jeff   See fewer
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J.C. Lee
1st Coolie 1st Coolie   See fewer
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Bert Donaldson
Forty-five Forty-five   See fewer
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Billy Taylor
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George Goodman
Newscaster Newscaster   See fewer
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Richard Ward
Street Speaker Street Speaker   See fewer
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Jay Brooks
Littleman's Father Littleman's Father   See fewer
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Val Bisoglio
Gangster (as Val Besoglio) Gangster (as Val Besoglio)   See fewer
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Vic Ramano
Gangster Gangster   See fewer
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Ted Butler
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Sandra McPherson
Coney Island Girl Coney Island Girl   See fewer
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Wilbur Green
Priest's Buddy Priest's Buddy   See fewer
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Big Daddy Big Daddy   See fewer
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6.8 / 10 | 387 votes