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Release Date:
4 August 1972 (USA) See more »
Never a dude like this one! He's got a plan to stick it to The Man! See more »
Super Fly is a cocaine dealer who begins to realize that his life will soon end with either prison or his death... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Ron O'Neal ... Priest
Carl Lee ... Eddie

Sheila Frazier ... 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

Alex Stevens ... Police
Harry Manson ... Police
Floyd Levine ... Police
Sig Shore ... Deputy Commissioner (as Mike Richards)
Chris Arnett ... Coke Buyer
Cecil Alonzo ... Militant
Gene Chambers ... Militant
John Williams ... Militant
E. Preston Reddick ... Karate Instructor
Lorraine Horn ... Mother In Apartment
Nick Sands ... Contracted Man
Bob Richards ... Contracted Man
Nita Michaels ... Hooker
Vicki McLaughlin ... Hooker

Curtis Mayfield ... Himself (The Curtis Mayfield Experience)
Henry Gibson ... Himself (The Curtis Mayfield Experience)
Lucky Scott ... Himself (The Curtis Mayfield Experience)
Craig McMullen ... Himself (The Curtis Mayfield Experience)
Tyrone McCullough ... Himself (The Curtis Mayfield Experience)

Directed by
Gordon Parks Jr. 
Writing credits
Phillip Fenty (written by)

Produced by
Sig Shore .... producer
Irving Stimler .... associate producer
Original Music by
Curtis Mayfield 
Cinematography by
James Signorelli (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bob Brady 
Costume Design by
Nate Adams 
Makeup Department
James Farabee .... makeup artist
Walter Fountain .... hair stylist (as Walter Fountaine)
Webster McKnight .... hair stylist
Production Management
Cecil Alonzo .... assistant production manager
Nolan Constantine .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Candace Allen .... second assistant director
Kurt Baker .... assistant director
Art Department
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jerry Baker .... boom operator
Bob Brady .... sound effects editor
Harry Lapham .... sound
Erik Cord .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Harry Madsen .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Alex Stevens .... stunts (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Fernbach .... chief grip
Michael Lesser .... gaffer
Gordon Parks Jr. .... photographer: still sequence
Santiago Perales .... lighting
Minervino Rojas .... camera operator
Robert D. Shulman .... chief electrician (as Bob Shulman)
Editorial Department
Fredericka Taylor .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Bob Brady .... music editor
Curtis Mayfield .... music arranger
Curtis Mayfield .... orchestrator
Johnny Pate .... conductor
Other crew
David Parks .... unit publicist

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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:14A | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (1988) | USA:R

Did You Know?

The script was only 45 pages long, which explains why there are so many shots of people walking, driving, etc.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: During the opening foot chase, the camera cord becomes visible several times at the bottom of the screen.See more »
Cynthia:[after refusing a snort of coke because Priest is going to leave rather than stay for sex] Some things go better with coke.See more »
Movie Connections:
Eddie You Should Know BetterSee more »


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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Art Imitating Life, 30 May 2004
Author: riversja2001 ( from San Antonio, Texas

Ron O'Neal played the role of Youngblood Priest in 1972 movie SuperFly CONVINCINGLY well. Some people believed he was actually a drug dealer or hustler in real life, that's how good his performance is. O'Neal understood the character of Priest well enough to know what messages he believed Priest was trying to convey to Black America as well as to mainstream America about life in the ghetto (urban city), about how one's choices and options can be shaped by the socio-economic environment and then reshaped and changed by personal choices, and about the moral dilemmas one may experience during this process.

SuperFly is a form of art that imitates life. Its hard core portrayal of life in the ghetto (urban city) as experienced by victims and predators and just everyday folk shows how everyone is trying to survive in the game; it showcases how people find themselves responding and reacting to their circumstances and socio-economic environment, and when they believe they are not in control of their destiny, or when they believe they don't have options and choices in their lives. Some call the overall feelings in these communities as those of despair, hopelessness, or helplessness. Others say these communities are filled with bravado or defensive posturing.

In the context of survival in the ghetto, the character of Priest is viewed as a hero because something makes him realize he does have choices in his life. He comes to realize that he has a choice whether to continue dealing drugs or to get out of the business. He has a plan to get out, although he is not sure if it will actually work, but he is willing to die trying to become free. Priest is a hero when he realizes that he has to find the right kind of support and help for thinking about and acting on his choice of freedom, especially when his support system for sustained change is limited, as evidenced by those who don't believe he can get out alive and are willing to betray him for trying to leave the business. Priest recognizes that he is in a moral dilemma as he professes to be "tired of the life" and "never really liked it" but he needs to score one last time so that he can leave with something rather than with nothing. Indeed, Priest should be commended for wanting something else out of life even if he does not know what that "something else" is, especially in a social environment where there may not be much support for doing what Priest ultimately makes the decision to do. When making the choice to change, everyone has to start somewhere, and this is part of the message conveyed by O'Neal's commanding performance.

Let the viewer not forget the many issues that helped to influence the decisions that Priest had to wrestle with --- the socio-economic environment of the ghetto and its relationship to a corrupt police department, among its relationships with the many institutions of the white power structure.

Unfortunately, if the viewer focuses strictly on the cinematography, directing, and low budget issues of this movie, the viewer might miss the important individual and social messages that the movie is trying to convey.

Most importantly, Ron O'Neal's performance demonstrates his understanding of the character and why he took the risk and took on the role as Youngblood Priest at that time in his career, a career which began when he was cast as the lead role in Charles Gordone's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "No Place to Be Somebody", (a play which began on off-Broadway's Public Theater but later went to Broadway in 1969). Ron O'Neal won an Obie Award, a Clarence Derwent Award, a Drama Desk Award, and a Theatre World Award for his work prior to SuperFly.

During an interview about three years ago, I heard Ron O'Neal say that he did not apologize for taking the role or making the movie that may have eventually compromised his career. Said he to the interviewer, "If I had not taken the role, would we be talking right now?"

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