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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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He's tight, together, and mean. 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

At the 16:30 mark of the movie, when Honey calls Willie to say Pashen's been busted, Willie tells her he'll be right down, to sit tight, and keep doing business. The only thing, the pay phone she's calling Willie from has a small sign by the coin slot that says "You can dial any number in the Los Angeles area", when they are supposed to be in New York City. 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 »


Soundtracks

Keep On Movin' On
Music & Lyrics by Gilbert Moses
Sung by Martha Reeves (as Martha Reeves & The Sweet Things)
Arranged by Dale Oehler
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This Guy Is Having One Bad Week!
10 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

In the course of one week, poor Willie the pimp is getting the heat from rival pimps, from the cops (including the wonderful Albert Hall), and from a reformed prostitute who is trying to get Willie's ‘girls' to unionize (`You can call me the Ralph Nadar for prostitutes', she snaps in one of the film's funniest lines). He even gets the IRS on his ass, although that scene isn't terribly realistic since no pimp and/or drug dealer with even half a brain would put his earnings in a bank!. What else? His purple Caddy gets towed about twice a day, his girls get busted (or worse!) and ultimately, his poor mom strokes out. Pimping just doesn't pay! This film isn't like most of the other blaxploitation films. It downplays the guns and drugs angle, and the lead character is not so baaad that he's good – or vice versa. He's a nut, really. You can even see people in the background who were unaware they were in a film, pointing at him and laughing. You can almost feel sorry for him because he's more stupid than evil, and that's where the film wins the viewer over. The film breaks away from formula a number of times, and despite the OUTRAGEOUS costumes and decor (even the telephones are fur-lined!), we care about the people in this film. There are good cops and bad cops, and there is a nice balance of giving us women with brains and brawn, but who are still capable of a pretty nasty catfight when the need arises. Something for everyone! My only beef is that despite a pretty ‘bad' theme song, the score doesn't rock at all. In fact, there are even a number of scenes that are scored with folky harmonica music. How uncool is that? It's also a shame that this film wasn't nominated for Best Costume design, but we all know how unlikely it was that most of the Academy members ever even saw this film. Just isn't fair! Overall, I think this is one of the best films of the blaxploitation genre, and along with `Unholy Rollers' and `Switchblade Sisters', one of the best exploitation films of the seventies.


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