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Mr. Untouchable (2007)

Mr. Untouchable

Overview


Genre

Documentary

Release Date

October 26, 2007 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

92 min.

Studio

Magnolia Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Marc Levin

Producer

Mary-Jane Robinson, Alex Gibney, Jason Kliot, Joana Vicente

Starring

  • Leroy 'Nicky' Barnes
  • Thelma Grant
  • Carol Hawkins-Williams
  • Leon Scrap Batts

Story


The true-life story of a Harlem's notorious Nicky Barnes, a junkie turned multimillionaire drug-lord, "Mr. Untouchable" takes its audience deep inside the heroin industry of the 1970s. The most powerful black drug kingpin in New York City history, Barnes came from humble beginnings to make himself and his comrades rich beyond their wildest dreams, ultimately reaching national infamy in 1977 when the New York Times put him on the front cover of their magazine with the headline "Mr. Untouchable."

Soon after, it all came crumbling down, and facing a life sentence without parole, Barnes started naming names. With the first hand testimony from "the black Godfather" himself, this documentary tells an epic story of business, excess, greed and revenge.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..On its own, "Mr. Untouchable" is a solid education on a specific period of time reigned over by a demon who willingly spread sickness to line his pockets..”
by Brian Orndorf [FilmJerk.com]
“..what's perhaps most surprising about "Mr. Untouchable" is how uninteresting Barnes' rise to power actually is..”
by Robert Koehler [Variety]
“..is less a dispassionate examination than a celebratory infomercial on its central characte..”
by Kenneth Turan [LA Times]