Harlem Nights

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Harlem Nights is a 1989 comedy-drama/crime film starring Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor. The film also featured Michael Lerner, Danny Aiello, Redd Foxx, Della Reese and Murphy's brother Charlie Murphy. Murphy and Pryor star as a father-and-son team running a nightclub in late-1930s Harlem, New York while contending with gangsters and corrupt police officials.

They're up to something big. (taglines)


Sugar Ray: I'm going to take this little boy home to his mother.
Young Quick: My mama's dead.
Sugar Ray: Well, your daddy?
Young Quick: My father's dead, too.
Sugar Ray: Did you kill them?
Young Quick: No, they just dead.

Bennie: Excuse me, I got something in my eye.
Gambler: Well, get it the fuck out yer eye you blind muther fucker!

Quick: Vera, put that razor away!
[pulls gun]
Quick: I ain't playing games no more. You put that fucking razor away or I'll blow your goddamn pinky toe off!
Vera: Oh! Now you're going to shoot me in my pinky toe.
Quick: I'm not playing with you. I will blow that little black, gnarled crusty, dead motherfucker the fuck off your foot! Now put the razor away!

Vera: Benny, you put this orange juice back in here, ain't nothing left but a swallow!
Bennie: Then swallow it and shut the fuck up!

Quick: Hey, I have a lot of money on you, man.
The Champ: W-w-w-well... y-y-y-you's getting ready to b-b-b-be a rich nigga ... you see, because, c-c-come next week... I'm knocking... somebody... the fuck out!

Quick: I haven't had my ass whipped in a while. Probably been like 1911.
Sugar Ray: Yeah, that's when the doctor slapped you on the ass.
Quick: Yes. That's the last ass-whipping I recall. I'm looking for him.

Quick: [Quick is getting ready to sleep with Dominique and putting his gun under a pillow... he discovers she's done the same under one] Oh, that's cute! I thought I was the only one who slept with a gun under the pillow... look at the little gun!
[kisses her gun]
Quick: Aw, that's adorable.
[pauses for a moment after realizing that she intends to kill him]
Quick: It's cute.

Quick: [Quick is at the open door of Tommy's apartment] Tommy... hey, man. You asleep? Tommy! Yo... hey... hey... hey... hey...
[sees Tommy dead in his chair, bullet-ridden and with his throat cut]
Quick: Holy shit... somebody fucked you up real bad, man. I think I'm going to leave, because you probably want to sit there by yourself, alone, and think about who you pissed off. So, I'll let you have your space. Excuse me.

Vera: Kiss my ENTIRE ass!

Vera: YOU shut the fuck up, Bennie! I would tell you to kiss my ass. But knowing you, you probably can't find it, you blind motherfucker!

Bennie: Man didn't accuse you of stealing, Vera. Now sit down and shut the fuck up!

Sugar Ray: Okay, the same fellow who made the drop last year is going to do it again. I want somebody on him. Vera, do you have a girl?
Vera: I've got a girl who's pussy is so good. If you threw it up in the air, it would turn into sunshine.


  • They're up to something big.


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