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Which Way Is Up? (1977)

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
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Sister Sarah
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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)  »

Also Known As:

A munka gyümölcse  »

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$3,200,000 (estimated)
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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 »

Quotes

Annie Mae: Leroy, can't you just whisper sweet things into my ear?
Leroy Jones: [into her ear] Open yo legs, bitch!
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Featured in Life of Pryor: The Richard Pryor Story (2006) 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 gasping for breath longer. Dave Chappelle came 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 improvisation Richard Pryor ruled and for me he always will. He played three roles in 'Which Way is Up', one as funny as the other. However perhaps the Preacher role (Reverend Lennox Thomas) especially for the roles pure unadulterated hypocrisy due to the "Reverends" unchecked ardor and avarice (remind you of any 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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