Cotton Comes to Harlem

1970, 97m, 35mm, U.S

Showtimes & Tickets

  • Tue June 13

    11:00pm

    Showing with Come Back, Charleston Blue

    Two rarely screened adaptations of novels by pioneering crime fiction writer Chester Himes.
    Co-presented by Wax Poetics

Part of the program

Considered by many to be one of the seeds from which the blaxploitation era sparked, this action-comedy remains a triumph of location shooting and a nuanced snapshot of tensions within the black community in the wake of the civil rights movement. Detectives Coffin Ed Johnson (Raymond St. Jacques) and Gravedigger Jones (Godfrey Cambridge) attempt to thwart a black nationalist preacher who tries to lure Harlem residents to invest in his company with the false promise of a ticket back to Africa.

A film by Ossie Davis