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Which Way Is Up? (1977)

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Mr. Mann
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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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Trivia

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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Connections

Referenced in TruInside: The Jerk (2016) See more »

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Which Way Is Up?
Words and Music by Norman Whitfield
Sung by Stargard
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Pryor great plus some terrific early work for the actresses
12 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pyror was genius! Seeing it again after 30+ years you have to really respect what was necessary to produce this movie in 1970's climate! Also pleased to see Bebe Drake, Margaret Avery, Marilyn Coleman, and of course Vonnetta McKee. Margaret and Vonnetta went on to have their own successes and I've always been proud of them but Bebe and Marilyn have turned out to be character actresses for black womanhood! I love them! They may not have the same name recognition as some of the others but they have truly endured through time! They are in so many different roles and bring something different to them all. They were outstanding in WWIU but I look forward to seeing them wherever they turn up!


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