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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    “Superfly” is a Seventies Standout.

    This movie is outrageous. Gordon Parks Jr.'s "Superfly" is interesting enough with its cliches of drug pushers, users, pimps, hos, and the dismal life that is the ghetto. Good performances are given by Ron O'Neal as Priest, the drug pusher who wants to do the unthinkable -- get out of the business, and Julius Harris as Scatter, Priest's former connection to "The Man". After a little "help" from his friends Priest discovers he can only trust his woman, Georgia (Shelia Frazier). But, Priest has masterminded a way to take him and Georgia away from this life to another. A director today, for example, could never get away with making a movie like this, modern audiences just don't have the attention span. The movie moves along like a series of music videos, stopping periodically to insert some dialogue and characters and situations, after which it moves back into another music video. Even that sex scene in the bathtub seemed to go on forever, panning up and down and up and down and up and down the naked bodies in the tub, presumably long enough for the song to play out before we can move on to the next scene. From a technical standpoint, the film is an absolute disaster. There's a foot-chase early in the movie during which a wire of some sort falls directly in front of the camera lens not once, but twice, the audio is numerous scenes does not even remotely match the video (the never-ending bathtub scene, for example), and the acting is abysmal. Throughout the film, the enjoyment comes from Curtis Mayfield's superb soundtrack. It has a way of elevating what might be just another b film to a cult classic. From "Little Child Runnin' Wild" in the opening sequence to Curtis Mayfield's live performance of "Pusherman" in Scatter's club to the end credits with the title track, this is simply one of the finest pieces of music ever written specifically for a film. The soundtrack album, which produced hit singles with "Freddie's Dead" and "Superfly", stands with Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" as perhaps the two greatest soul albums of the 1970's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the first of the first

    in 1972, when this movie was released, i was a raw draftee, 20 years old and on my own, away from home, for the first time. halfway through boot camp at fort jackson, south carolina, we were finally allowed to move off the Company Street and around the base. superfly had just hit the theaters, on-base and off, and i hiked across the post to see it. what an experience. there wasn't anyone in the theater, white or black, who didn't identify with priest and his situation vis-a-vis "the man". when he finished his soliloquy regarding the consequences which would occur should any harm come to "one hair of my pretty head", the whole place erupted. superfly was important as the first movie in the vanguard of what would become the blaxploitation genre, though it brought obviously higher production values to the screen and exhibited a greater understanding of, and sympathy for, its characters than many of the later spate of imitators. it also brought together a crew of name individuals who collaborated to produce a minor gem of film making, not just black film making.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2002


    this is must have if you collect 70's films,this is pure entertainment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2002


    Forget the blaxpop label, this is a fast paced, slick urban romp that made a fortune for WB Studios. Ron O'Neal is believable and smart as Priest, a coke dealer looking for one last score so he can quit the business. Carl Lee is a powerhouse as Eddie and if nothing else, listen to the Curtis Mayfield classic soundtrack. Still sounds great after 30 years, like a classic should.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2001

    super hot

    superfly is a topnotch movie of its time with a moral to its hustle it goes into the underworld of drugdealing with a stylish approach and the soundtrack is almost as powerful as the movie

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    Posted March 29, 2010

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