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Which Way Is Up? (1977)

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Thelma (as BeBe Drake-Hooks)
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Jose Reyes (as Ernesto Hernandez)
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Henry
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Chuy Estrada (as Danny Valdez)
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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)  »

Also Known As:

A munka gyümölcse  »

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$3,200,000 (estimated)
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The office tower's roof being painted 'Washington Square 330 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, Ca.' was later the exterior setting for the office of the Simon's for the television show "Simon & Simon". See more »

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Featured in Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic (2013) See more »

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Which Way Is Up?
Words and Music by Norman Whitfield
Sung by Stargard
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This movie had me laughing so hard I couldn't breath!
22 May 2016 | by (Tucson, Arizona) – See all my reviews

Richard had that effect on me! When he was on there has never been anyone who could make me laugh harder or more. Dave Chappelle could come close, George Carlin was in the neighborhood (he was a bit more cerebral later in his career), Eddie Murphy could from time to time, but for pure standup perfection and for improvisation Richard Pryor ruled and for me he always will. He played three roles in this movie, one as funny as the other. Perhaps the Preacher role (Reverend Lennox Thomas) for the roles pure unadulterated hypocrisy due to the "Reverends" unchecked ardor and avarice (remind you of the Evangelists of today?) made me laugh the most but this whole movie was funny from beginning to end. Richard you left us too early, miss you man!


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