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Willie Dynamite (1974)

A social worker tries to get a pimp to change his ways.

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Diana Sands ...
Cora
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Robert Daniels
Joyce Walker ...
Pashen
Roger Robinson ...
Bell
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Celli
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Pointer
Norma Donaldson ...
Honey
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Royce Wallace ...
Willie's Mother (Emma)
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Gorgia (as Judy Brown)
Marilyn Coleman ...
Connie
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Jack Bernardi ...
Willie's Lawyer
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A social worker tries to get a pimp to change his ways.

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Ain't no one crosses WILLIE "D" See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Trivia

At the same time Zanuck/Brown were putting this film together, they were also prepping The Sting (1973). See more »

Goofs

When Willie is talking to Cora at the end of the movie, there is a light scar along his right cheek. As he's leaving her apartment, the scar not only gets noticeably worse, but additional scars also mysteriously appear on his forehead and nose. Yet when Willie comes out of the apartment building to see his car being towed, all of the scars are gone. See more »

Crazy Credits

During the ending credits, Richard Lawson is credited as playing the role of Sugar, when in fact it is Nathaniel Taylor who plays the role. See more »

Connections

Featured in Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered and Shafted (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

King Midas
Music & Lyrics by Gilbert Moses
Sung by Martha Reeves (as Martha Reeves & The Sweet Things)
Arranged by Dale Oehler
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Mixed results
5 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

Probably what might make most people give this particular Blaxploitation movie a look is the promise of "Gordon" from the children's television show "Sesame Street" playing a flamboyant pimp. There definitely is some novelty to get from that, and the movie boasts other attributes such as good production values (including a lot of outrageous clothing choices).

However, the end results overall are to some degree a bit unsatisfying. One reason for that is the portrayal of the title character. I was unsure throughout whether we are supposed to be on the side of Willie Dynamite or not. I suspect not... but I'm not sure, one reason maybe being that the character is kind of thin. It's hard to get into the head of this character a lot of the time and get his perspective of things. The script also suffers from the fact that the narrative is more or less a collection of vignettes loosely connected together, rather than one strong story thread.

If you like Blaxploitation movies from the 1970s, you'll probably find enough to enjoy here. However, you'll probably still see a fairly large bit of potential that wasn't quite realized.


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