Across 110th Street (dir. Barry Shear, 1972).
Gritty, no-frills crime yarn set in Harlem. Plenty of particolored pimp suits and smirking gangsters, but the general tone is naturalistic rather than noir or funxploitation. Nicely avoids most of the cliches you'd expect, such as the white cop (Anthony Quinn) and the black cop (Yaphet Kotto) transcending the tensions between them to "bond." Actually, that one sort of happens, but just barely, at almost the last minute.
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