Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “Harlem Nights”

November 26, 2012 ‐ By


Though critics would almost unanimously agree that Harlem Nights was a hot mess of a film, black folk absolutely love it. I personally, just saw it for the first time last night and I don’t understand what they missed. Sure it might not have been chock-full of Oscar worthy performances but it was a great story, hilarious dialogue between the characters and I’m sure you all have noticed that it was shot beautifully. It’s easily a cult classic. You know the movie, so let’s dig into the behind the scenes details.

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  • earl hickey

    I liked it . don’t understand the bad reviews.

  • Alex Krajci

    I Like Eddie Murphy And Richard Pryor.

  • Alex Krajci

    Ms. Uramkin Has Seen 1989’s Harlem Nights.

  • Kenya Tyler

    This is my movie!!!

  • Dave Michaels

    Sometimes movies are made for Black people. And whites hate that. We have our own America. Kanye shrug.

  • Talunja Scott-Patterson

    Screw the critics….this movie was awsome awsome awsome and every now and again I watch this movie for the sheer joy of it….It’s one of my Hood Cult Classics lol

  • Talunja Scott-Patterson

    I love this movie..who could forget “Sunshine” lol

  • Cassie

    What happened to Sunshine? I loved her scenes.

  • Jb

    This is one of my most favorite movies of all time… I judge that by I can watch it over and over. Great acting, great script and great storyline.

  • Hellokittydiva

    I got a girl who p***y so good, when you throw it in the air it turns to sunshine! LMMFAO!

  • Hellokittydiva

    This movie is an effn classic! From crying a$$ Arsenio, to Sunshine! My fav scene Dude calls home “hey put your mom on the phone….hey I ain’t coming home no more you take it easy! ” KMSL You know once you go black…..

  • d.banksj90

    Harlem Nights is the s*** these square bears we call critics better recognize! The concept of Redd Foxx,Richard Pryor,Eddie Murphy, Della Reece,etc all in ONE film at ONCE is amazing

  • Pearl

    I love when Arsenio’s character and the others are shooting at Eddie and that little guy keeps firing that cap gun until Arsenio slaps him upside the head…..lmao….. “stop, don’t shoot that lil muthafu*a no more”…..

    • GatoHola256

      That’s my favorite part too lol * batuttttttttttttttttttt (roll tongue) then *pow KMSL

  • bigdawgman

    I call bs on the metal detector fact. The Rialto in Atlanta had them in 1984 when I went to see Purple Rain.

  • understandingoverignorance

    The real Kings Of Comedy…..Simple a funny azz movie.

  • Vandellish

    There’s a lot of understated funny shyt in this movie too.
    #1 – When Quik returned from his ‘killer’ night with Dominique LaRue

    Sugar: ‘how was your date?’

    Quick: ‘I killed her’
    Sugar: ‘Oh..tore the pu$$y up huh?

    #2 – When Tommy Smalls (of Martin fame) got into trouble the guy who brought him in the gang got his hand smashed in the piano by Calhoun. Calhoun’s right hand man Joey didn’t seem to care much.

    Calhoun: Joey look at his hand is it broke?
    Joey: (Barely looking) Yeah boss…looks like ya busted it up pretty bad!

    The only question I have with the movie is how they had Robin Harris and Charlie Murphy in a movie without them delivering any funny lines.

    • Pumpkin_Pop

      Sugar Ray’s face was priceless in that scene. He was so serious lol

  • marquis2sade

    My ALL TIME FAVOURITE MOVIE…fvck what dem critics said

  • Tamz

    I don’t care how panned this movie was, I LOVE IT!!

  • SheBe

    “AAAaaaaaawwwwww so you gone shoot me in my pinky toe?… Go head Quick! Go HEAD! Shoot it Quick!” My FAVORITE SCENE! Love Harlem Nights!

  • IllyPhilly

    “Don’t take this a$$ whuppin’ pwersonally.” OMG that is what my dad would say any time he could!

  • RJA

    Lil Desi looks a lil suspect imo LOL. Also I just put two and two together regarding Harlem Nights and Life. That pic of della reese got me dead LOL

  • One of my all time favorite movies! Eddie Murphy is a freaking nut! Della Reese was my favorite character in here! RIP Richard Pryor & Redd Foxx!!

  • RJA

    Just watched this over the weekend!! First time watching it as an adult and man did I enjoy it now that I can understand it LOL