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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 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.

  1. Shirley Clarke

    Director, Writer

  2. Warren Miller

    Novel

  3. Carl Lee

    Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Rony Clanton

    Rony Clanton

    Duke (as Hampton Clanton)

  2. Carl Lee

    Priest

  3. Yolanda Rodríguez

    Luanne

  4. Clarence Williams III

    Clarence Williams III

    Blood (as Clarence Williams)

  5. Gary Bolling

    Littleman

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Status Released

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  • September 2, 1963
    Theatrical

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Original Language English

Runtime 1h 45m

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