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Super Fly (1972)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  4 August 1972 (USA)
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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, ... See full summary »

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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. ...
Pimp
James G. Richardson ...
Junkie (as Jim Richardson)
Make Bray ...
Junkie
Al Kiggins ...
Police
Bob Bonds ...
Police
Fred Rolaf ...
Police
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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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The script was only 45 pages long, which explains why there are so many shots of people walking, driving, etc. See more »

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The man who takes a swing at Youngblood at the end of the movie is supposed to be the deputy commissioner, but it is clearly a double. See more »

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Deputy Commissioner: You're working for me until I tell you to quit.
Youngblood Priest: You don't own me pig. And no motherfucker tells me when I can split.
Deputy Commissioner: Who the fuck do you think you're talking to?
Youngblood Priest: I'm talking to you, you redneck faggot.
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Eddie You Should Know Better
Written by Curtis Mayfield
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Interesting and realistic perspective
14 July 2004 | by (Coastal Florida) – See all my reviews

This gritty, low budget film offers a unique and honest perspective on the underworld of black street life in the early 1970s, with an almost tragic, Shakepearian, bent. The look, the feel and language of the culture and the almost real-time look street life in NYC of that era is truly unmatched by any film before or since. Perhaps through genius, inspiration, maybe just plain luck, or all three, the producers and director hit the nail right on the head. Starring an excellent, intelligent cast of professional thespians, some with impressive stage and film credentials, and augmented by a wonderful infusion of genuine non-professionals right from the street in key roles, the film has an honesty and gritty reality that belies its budgetary constraints. Filmed largely without the permission of local authorities and unions, in winter and often after dark, it has a cinema verite feel throughout; almost a documentary. And the score! Composed and performed by Curtis Mayfield, it is as close to an utter classic as has ever been offered. It stands alone, and would have been a multi-platinum offering even without the film. If one takes the inherent flaws to this type of production; i.e. the rough editing, slightly uneven performances and almost clandestine feel, and places these in proper perspective, it is sure to delight all but the most hardened and jaded enthusiasts of film. Notable: this film set THE STYLE for black, urban culture for most of the next decade. It has no current rivals in that accomplishment. After this film, simply everything since has been empty posturing vis-a-vis popular rap music. It was "remade" during the mid 1990s and set in Miami as "Big Ballers", which was utterly horrible. Compare the two and you will see what style counts for. This film is the real deal. I spent money I didn't have to get this DVD. Go buy it, trust me.


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