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Super Fly (1972)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  4 August 1972 (USA)
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The daily routine of cocaine dealer Priest who wants to score one more super deal and retire.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Carl Lee ...
Eddie
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Georgia (as Shiela Frazier)
Julius Harris ...
Scatter
Charles McGregor ...
Fat Freddie (as Charles MacGregor)
Nate Adams ...
Dealer
Polly Niles ...
Cynthia
Yvonne Delaine ...
Mrs. Freddie
Henry Shapiro ...
Robbery Victim
K.C. ...
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James G. Richardson ...
Junkie (as Jim Richardson)
Make Bray ...
Junkie
Al Kiggins ...
Police
Bob Bonds ...
Police
Fred Rolaf ...
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Super Fly is a cocaine dealer who begins to realize that his life will soon end with either prison or his death. He decides to build an escape from the life by making his biggest deal yet, converting the coke to cash and running off to start a new life. The problem is that the Mob does not have a retirement plan and will give him a choice of staying and selling for them or dying if they find out his intentions. Written by John Vogel <jvogel@dgs. dgsys.com>

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Star Ron O'Neal didn't like the cocaine montage. In an E! True Hollywood Story interview, he said it so glorified drug use, the montage was akin to a "commercial for cocaine." See more »

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In the opening credits, actress Sheila Frazier's name is spelled, "Sheila", in the closing credits her name is spelled "Shiela". See more »

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Youngblood Priest: Man, you white around the nose as a Georgia mule.
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CLASSIC Black Cinema
25 March 2006 | by (Minneapolis, MN) – See all my reviews

First this must be corrected. Superfly was directed by Gordon Parks Jr, not his father, Gordon Parks. Gordon Parks(who I had the pleasure of meeting) directed SHAFT! I wish the moderators of IMDb.com would more closely monitor these post-I visit the site regularly and rely on the information given as fact. Please IMDb, check the accuracy of the post, especially since you have the information on Gordon Parks here.

That being said, what makes Superfly such a great film are its imperfections-the editing, some of the spotty acting. It reads like a documentary in some ways. But the main performance of Ron O'Neal is one of the best the cinema has ever witnessed. He truly captured the paradox of Priest wanting to get out of the drug game by making one last drug deal. An Anti-hero, sure, but he knew he had to leave this lifestyle. That being said, I must say the opening scene where Priest is cruising up Park Avenue while "Freddie's Dead" is playing is extremely cool.

The Soundtrack! There are very few movies in which the Soundtrack not only propels the story forward, but also refutes any glorification of the drug lifestyle. The soundtrack serves to tell a counter-story, which works absolutely brilliantly. Curtis Mayfield is very important to me-a genius, a visionary, a humanitarian, and no one could have done a better job.

I have a cultural affinity for this film-maybe because I'm a black man, but I recommend it to all comers.

All of the main principles behind Superfly...Curtis Mayfield, Gordon Parks Jr. Ron O'Neal, Carl Lee, Charles McGregor, have all passed away. I'm so happy they were all a part of this classic piece of Cinema. The Statement that is made by this film warrants repeated viewing and consideration.


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