By-the-book black police Lieutenant Pope (Kotto) has to work with crude, racist and streetwise Italian-American Captain Mattelli (Quinn). They are looking for three blacks who slaughtered five men—three blacks and two Italians—in the robbery of $300,000 from a Mafia-owned Harlem policy bank. Mafia lieutenant Nick D’Salvio (Franciosa) and his henchmen are also after the hoods. —Wikipedia
Excellent portrayal of race relations within a 70's era NY city. Love the grime and crime with the city as a major character. Much more than a blaxploitation film but in the top 3 of blaxploitation soundtracks.
Crime picture that wholly embraces the dirt and the soot, 1970s grime in its prime. It cannot be overstated how New York City in this decade provided possibly the most sensual arena of impressionistic cinema. Rich, textured characters straight out of pulp archetypes, a score so slick you can shine your shoes on it. The vices and prejudices surrounding these dens of iniquity loom large over the grid, across 110th....
A gritty, street-level flick that just screams 1970s - and I mean that as a compliment. I see it labeled as "one of the best blaxploitation" flicks, but it deserves better praise than that. This is just an outstanding crime drama and will now have a place well within my Top 100 for the decade.