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  (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)

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
George Santana .... stunts
Animation Department
Gilbert Moses .... animator (as Gilbert Moses III)

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Additional Details

102 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
This Guy Is Having One Bad Week!, 10 December 2003
Author: Zen Bones from USA

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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