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Director:
Writers:
Ron Cutler (screenplay) and
Ron Cutler (story)
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Genre:
Tagline:
Ain't no one crosses WILLIE "D" See more »
Plot:
A social worker tries to get a pimp to change his ways. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Roscoe Orman ... Willie
Diana Sands ... Cora
Thalmus Rasulala ... Robert Daniels
Joyce Walker ... Pashen
Roger Robinson ... Bell

George Murdock ... Celli

Albert Hall ... Pointer
Norma Donaldson ... Honey
Juanita Brown ... Sola
Royce Wallace ... Willie's Mother
Judith Brown ... Gorgia (as Judy Brown)
Marilyn Coleman ... Connie
Mary Charlotte Wilcox ... Scatback
Marcia McBroom ... Pearl
Jack Bernardi ... Willie's Lawyer
Ted Gehring ... Sergeant
Ron Henriquez ... Cyrus
Wynn Irwin ... Bailiff #1
Nathaniel Taylor ... Sugar

Ken Lynch ... Judge #1
Davis Roberts ... Judge #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tol Avery ... Business International Association Television Speaker (uncredited)

Jophery C. Brown ... Thug / Bailiff (uncredited)

Robert DoQui ... Baylor the Pimp (uncredited)
Jac Emil ... Pimp (uncredited)
Leslie McRay ... Competing Prostitute (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Conventioneer (uncredited)
Olan Soule ... Conventioneer arrested in Vice Raid (uncredited)
Alan Weeks ... Photographer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Gilbert Moses 
 
Writing credits
Ron Cutler (screenplay)

Ron Cutler  story
Joe Keyes Jr.  story

Produced by
David Brown .... producer
Richard D. Zanuck .... producer
 
Original Music by
J.J. Johnson 
 
Cinematography by
Frank Stanley 
 
Film Editing by
Aaron Stell 
 
Art Direction by
John T. McCormack 
 
Set Decoration by
Claire P. Brown 
 
Costume Design by
Bernard Johnson 
 
Production Management
L.B. Merman .... unit production manager (as Doc Merman)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Hogan .... first assistant director (as James Hogan)
William Holbrook .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
Dennis C. Salcedo .... optical sound recordist
 
Stunts
George Santana .... stunts
 
Animation Department
Gilbert Moses .... animator (as Gilbert Moses III)
 

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Additional Details

Runtime:
102 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Continuity: 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 »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Different from the rest!, 1 December 2002
Author: (cfc_can@yahoo.com) from Toronto, Ontario

The ad and plotline for this movie may give you the impression that Willie Dynamite is a typical blaxploitation actioner with heavy doses of violence and sex but that is not the case. Willie Dynamite deals with a NYC pimp (Orman) who must deal not only with the police and a dedicated social worker (Sands), but also his fellow pimps who resent his increasing level of power within the city. There is not much in the way of nudity or blood or even profanity. During the last third of the movie, the story switches gears as both Orman and Sands go through some major changes which cause them to alter their outlook and approach to their lives. In doing this, Willie Dynamite goes in a different (and less sensational) direction than many films of this period chose to go. The film also takes on a higher level of believability which helps to bring the two main characters to life. Both Orman and Sands are impressive in their roles. It is sad to note that Sands died shortly after making this as she was a very talented woman. Orman, believe it or not, went on to become a staple on TV's Sesame Street as Gordon! Now that's a change of pace. His fur coats and fur hat add some unintentional laughs to the story, though at the time this was made, they were probably in vogue. In fact, Willie Dynamite has a great early 70s ambiance that many of the bigger movies of the time did not contain. Willie Dynamite may not be the best known of the blaxploitation genre but it deserves more attention than it got.

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