Cinema: Murphy's One-Man Band

HARLEM NIGHTS Directed and Written by Eddie Murphy

The star gets what may be his best laugh in Harlem Nights before he appears. The moment occurs when Eddie Murphy's name flashes in the credits for the fifth time. This may represent the new Hollywood record for authorial egotism. It is, in any case, three more mentions than Woody Allen requires to state his creative credentials for a truly imaginative comedy and two more than Orson Welles took for his film directorial debut, which was -- let's see, oh, yes -- Citizen Kane.

Can Murphy be kidding? One would certainly like to...

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