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Which Way Is Up? (1977)

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Richard Pryor is playing three different roles here. The first being a poor orange picker named Leroy Jones who gets laid off when by mistake he joins the worker's union during one of their... See full summary »

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Vanetta
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Annie Mae
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Mr. Mann
Marilyn Coleman ...
Sister Sarah
Bebe Drake ...
Thelma (as BeBe Drake-Hooks)
Gloria Edwards ...
Janelle
Ernesto Hernández ...
Jose Reyes (as Ernesto Hernandez)
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Sugar
Morgan Roberts ...
Henry
Diane Rodriguez ...
Estrella Reyes
Dolph Sweet ...
The Boss
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Tour Guide (as Timothy Thomerson)
Daniel Valdez ...
Chuy Estrada (as Danny Valdez)
Luis Valdez ...
Ramon Juarez
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Richard Pryor is playing three different roles here. The first being a poor orange picker named Leroy Jones who gets laid off when by mistake he joins the worker's union during one of their demonstrations. Afterwards he is forced to leave his wife and family behind which also includes Leroy's father (also played by Pryor) to go to Los Angeles. Leroy ends up working for the same company that fired him back home. He is a manager at the company but he is now distant from his former pals. He meets and falls in love with Vanetta who is a labor organizer which leaves him splitting time between his wife Annie Mae and Vanetta. When Leroy finds out that the Reverend Lenox Thomas (also played by Pryor) has got his wife pregnant while he was absent, he then make the moves on the reverend's wife. Written by mts77

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1 February 1979 (Denmark)  »

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At the beginning of the film Leroy (Richard Pryor) listens in on his father Rufus (also Richard Pryor) having sex in the other room. The sounds of his father and the woman - "Don't do that baby. Sock it to me. [moaning]" - was sampled in 2 Live Crew's 1989 hit "Me So Horny" on the album 'As Nasty As They Wanna Be'. That song also features a sample from Full Metal Jacket (1987). See more »

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Which Way Is Up?
Words and Music by Norman Whitfield
Sung by Stargard
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6 February 2001 | by (Oakland,Ca.) – See all my reviews

Between 1975 and 1978,Richard Pryor was at the top of his creative game and this 1977 film was one of his best and one of his most underrated.In this film,Pryor assumes three roles(a fruit picker turned corporate flunky,his randy father and a shady preacher).A must see for any pryor fan.I recently saw this film again on BET Movies and I laughed just as hard as I did on the first viewing in 1977.Check it out.


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