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Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)

R
97 min | Action, Comedy

Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson are two black cops with a reputation for breaking the odd head. Both are annoyed at the success of the Reverend Deke O'Mailey who is selling trips back to Africa to the poor on the installment plan. ...See moreGravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson are two black cops with a reputation for breaking the odd head. Both are annoyed at the success of the Reverend Deke O'Mailey who is selling trips back to Africa to the poor on the installment plan. When his truck is hijacked and a bale of cotton stuffed with money is lost in the chase, Harlem is turned upside down by Gravedigger and Coffin Ed, the Reverend, and the hijackers. Much of the humor is urban black, which was unusual in 1970. Written by John Vogel See less
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Director
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Chester Himes (based upon the novel by) | Arnold Perl (screenplay) | Ossie Davis (screenplay)
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$1,200,000
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May 27, 1970 (United States)

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51 cast members
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Godfrey Cambridge
Grave Digger Jones Grave Digger Jones   See fewer
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Raymond St. Jacques
Coffin Ed Johnson Coffin Ed Johnson   See fewer
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Calvin Lockhart
Rev. Deke O'Malley Rev. Deke O'Malley   See fewer
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Redd Foxx
Uncle Budd / Booker Washington Sims Uncle Budd / Booker Washington Sims   See fewer
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John Anderson
Capt. Bryce Capt. Bryce   See fewer
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Lou Jacobi
Goodman Goodman   See fewer
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Eugene Roche
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J.D. Cannon
Calhoun Calhoun   See fewer
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Dick Sabol
Jarema Jarema   See fewer
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Teddy Wilson
Barry (as Theodore Wilson) Barry (as Theodore Wilson)   See fewer
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Arnold Williams
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Van Kirksey
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Helen Martin
Church Sister Church Sister   See fewer
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Irwin C. Watson
Minister Minister   See fewer
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Gertrude Jeannette
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Turk Turpin
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Gilbert Lewis
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Wally Taylor
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William Pratt
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Lisle Wilson
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Anthony Chisholm
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Tony Brubaker
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Walter Scott
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Lawrence Cook
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Stanley Greene
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6.5 / 10 | 1,514 votes