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An African-American man finds that leaving behind his life of crime is harder than he imagined in this groundbreaking crime drama. Priest Ron O'Neal is a stylish and successful cocaine dealer who drives a fancy car, commands a small army of street salesmen, and lives a life of luxury. However, Priest is just smart enough to know that there's no real future in dealing coke, and one day he makes a proposal to his partner Eddie Carl Lee -- they take their 300,000-dollar savings, buy 30 kilos of cocaine, and use ...
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An African-American man finds that leaving behind his life of crime is harder than he imagined in this groundbreaking crime drama. Priest Ron O'Neal is a stylish and successful cocaine dealer who drives a fancy car, commands a small army of street salesmen, and lives a life of luxury. However, Priest is just smart enough to know that there's no real future in dealing coke, and one day he makes a proposal to his partner Eddie Carl Lee -- they take their 300,000-dollar savings, buy 30 kilos of cocaine, and use their street team to move it out in four months, leaving a million dollar profit for both Priest and Eddie, allowing them to get out of the business for good. Eddie is wary but willing to go along, but Scatter Julius Harris, a former dealer who set Priest up in the cocaine trade, is both unwilling and unable to sell them that much product. As Priest looks for a new source for his big score, one of his underlings, Fat Freddie Charles McGregor is picked up by the police, and under violent interrogation, Freddie tells the cops about Priest's underground empire. When Priest is confronted by the police, however, he learns they're less interested in putting him behind bars than in making him a partner. While Superfly was a box-office smash and along with Shaft and Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song one of the key films of the nascent blaxploitation movement of the early '70s, it's best remembered today for the soundtrack composed and performed by Curtis Mayfield, which included the hit songs "Freddie's Dead," "Pusherman," and the title tune.
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All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Part of the 1970s blaxploitation vanguard, Superfly's (1972) gritty authenticity elevates it above its subsequent imitators. Directed by Gordon Parks Jr. -- the son of Shaft (1971) director Gordon Parks -- funded by black businessmen, and shot by a mostly black crew, Superfly was as much a statement against white-dominated Hollywood behind the camera as it was a convincing depiction of a certain segment of black city life. Shooting on-location in New York, Parks energetically evoked the violence and material allure of Youngblood Priest's (Ron O'Neal) drug dealer existence, while the famous still-photo montage of people of all races snorting coke attested to what enabled Priest's "superfly" life. Counterpointing the heroic effects of Priest's flamboyantly clothed charisma and his plot to stick it to the Man, Curtis Mayfield's trailblazing, best-selling soundtrack matched the urban mood while lyrically attesting to the negative effects of drugs. Even so, Superfly became a controversial hit, as African-American critics decried its influence on cocaine use and the glorification of criminals; the filmmakers observed that they were just telling it like it was. Either way, Superfly confirmed the financial as well as rhetorical power of the nascent blaxploitation genre in the wake of Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1970) and Shaft (1971).
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  • Release Date: 5/15/2001
  • UPC: 018713046529
  • Original Release: 1972
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  • Source: Good Times Video
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ron O'Neal Priest
Carl Lee Eddie
Sheila Frazier Georgia
Julius Harris Scatter
Charles McGregor Fat Freddie
Nate Adams Dealer
The Curtis Mayfield Experience The Band
Sig Shore Deputy Commissioner
Yvonne Delaine Mrs. Freddie
K.C. Pimp
Polly Niles Cynthia
Jim Richardson Junkie
Henry Shapiro Robbery Victim
Technical Credits
Gordon Parks Director
Nate Adams Costumes/Costume Designer
Bob Brady Editor
James Farabee Makeup
Phillip Fenty Screenwriter
Harry Lapham Sound/Sound Designer
Curtis Mayfield Score Composer, Songwriter
Sig Shore Producer
James Signorelli Cinematographer
Marvin Stuart Musical Direction/Supervision
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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

    EVERYONES FAVORITE OLD SCHOOL CLASSIC

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2002

    SUPER COOL

    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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