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Willie Dynamite
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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)

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:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Goofs:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Black Dynamite (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
King MidasSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Look, Derek, I commented!, 27 May 2004
Author: MelissaSchick from Sandy Spring, Maryland

It is impossible to deny that this film has some hilarious parts. You can't help enjoying the absolutely ridiculous outfits and mannerisms of the pimps.

Everything from Willie's beyond gaudy car to even the characters' names (i.e. the white pimp named Milky Way) is pretty entertaining.

But it does have some serious (well okay, maybe not serious) implications as well. It is basically set up like most classic tragedies; a man in a position of great power falls due to a tragic flaw. Willie is likable enough not to deserve our hatred, but ruthless enough that we accept that he deserved his fate. Okay, so it's a bad idea to overthink this movie, but it is important to at least recognize that format.

Furthermore, its social implications are pretty relevant. It portrayed Black and White characters in both positive and negative stereotypes, as well as providing more well rounded characters to serve as positive rolemodels. It started out glorifying the pimp lifestyle and slowly de-glamorized it as a life of dishonesty, drug addiction, violence, and eventual ruin. It may have really given young kids growing up in ghettoes in that era as made something to think about by slowly exposing the harsh realities of a life outside the law. Especially since it also presented positive Black role models who came from similar situations, like Cora, a prostitute-turned-social worker on a quest to help rescue other young girls from a life on the streets.

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