Novelist Chester Himes's best work displays a raffish energy, infusing the detective genre with style and flash. Unfortunately, A RAGE IN HARLEM, based on the Himes novel, displays none of those qualities, coming across like a middle-aged square laboring to be hip by donning a leisure
The film begins in Natchez, Mississippi, in 1956, where a gang, led by Slim (Badja Djola), absconds with a trunk full of gold. During a police shootout, Slim's girl Imabelle (Robin Givens) escapes with the gold, heading to Harlem to sell it to their Harlem connection, Easy-Money (Danny Glover).
Arriving in Harlem broke and unable to pay for a room, Imabelle seduces shy and ...