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Director:
Writers:
Lina Wertmüller (1972 screenplay Mimì metallurgico ferito nell'onore)
Carl Gottlieb (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1 February 1979 (Denmark) See more »
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Richard Pryor is playing three different roles here. The first being a poor orange picker named Leroy... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Richard Just Goes To Show How Versatility Can Make A Great Movie! See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Pryor ... Leroy Jones / Rufus Jones / Reverend Lenox Thomas

Lonette McKee ... Vanetta

Margaret Avery ... Annie Mae

Morgan Woodward ... Mr. Mann
Marilyn Coleman ... Sister Sarah
Bebe Drake ... Thelma (as BeBe Drake-Hooks)
Gloria Edwards ... Janelle
Ernesto Hernández ... Jose Reyes (as Ernesto Hernandez)

Otis Day ... Sugar
Morgan Roberts ... Henry
Diane Rodriguez ... Estrella Reyes
Dolph Sweet ... The Boss

Tim Thomerson ... Tour Guide (as Timothy Thomerson)
Daniel Valdez ... Chuy Estrada (as Danny Valdez)
Luis Valdez ... Ramon Juarez

Marc Alaimo ... Frankie
Tony Alvarenga ... Errand Boy

Victor Argo ... Angel
Pat Ast ... Hooker
Blair Burrows ... Goon
Kathy Cronkite ... Photographer
Ron Cummins ... Photographer
Julie Dorman ... Congregation Lady
Evelyn Dutton ... Receptionist (as Evelyn J. Dutton)
Carmen Filpi ... Wino
Darrell Giddens ... Man at Picnic
Cheryl Harvey ... Congregation Lady
Louise Johnson ... Congregation Lady
Sidney Lanier ... Rossi

Tanya Lynne Lee ... Althea (as Tanya Lee)
Terence Locke ... Assassin (as Terrence Locke)
Ted Markland ... Goon
Ralph Montgomery ... Goon

Paul Mooney ... Inspector Caine
Shane Mooney ... Alvin
Yvonne Mooney ... Congregation Lady

Harry Northup ... Chief Goon
Dennis O'Flaherty ... Reporter
Korla Pandit ... The Hindu
Clifford A. Pellow ... White Boss (as Cliff Pellow)
Mark Robin ... Reporter
Hank Robinson ... Goon
Eddie Smith ... Man at Picnic
Spo-De-Odee ... Cripple
Bob Terhune ... Goon
Carol Trost ... Ms. Collins

Joe Turkel ... Harry Boatwright (as Joseph Turkel)
Angela Wilson ... Dawn Minetta

Hank Worden ... The Flunky

Directed by
Michael Schultz 
 
Writing credits
Lina Wertmüller (1972 screenplay Mimì metallurgico ferito nell'onore) (as Lina Wertmuller)

Carl Gottlieb (screenplay) and
Cecil Brown (screenplay)

Sonny Gordon  uncredited

Produced by
Michael Chinich .... associate producer
Steve Krantz .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mark Davis 
Paul Riser 
 
Cinematography by
John A. Alonzo (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Danford B. Greene 
 
Production Design by
Lawrence G. Paull 
 
Set Decoration by
John M. Dwyer 
 
Makeup Department
Mark Reedall .... makeup artist
Robert L. Stevenson .... hair stylist (as Robert Stevenson)
 
Production Management
Michael S. Glick .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott Maitland .... first assistant director
Don Zepfel .... second assistant director (as Donald Zepfel)
 
Sound Department
Peter Berkos .... sound effects editor
Willie D. Burton .... sound
Robert L. Hoyt .... sound
Marvin E. Lewis .... boom operator
 
Stunts
Alan Oliney .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Plannette .... gaffer
 
Music Department
John Caper Jr. .... music editor (as John Caper)
 
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver
 
Other crew
Mabel Collins .... production associate
H. Bud Otto .... script supervisor (as Bud Otto)
 

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94 min
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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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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Richard Just Goes To Show How Versatility Can Make A Great Movie!, 19 June 2000
Author: Brian-272 from Oakwood, Virginia USA

Richard Pryor assumes three roles in a farce about a California orange picker, and boy does Pryor have great acting versatility! Pryor first becomes a labor union hero then a corporate womanizing flunky. Pryor is at his best as the grumpy old man father this is one of the funniest roles I have ever seen Pryor play. This is a film that shows that sometimes life can take on great changes in the way of family, relationships, jobs, and status. Only in the end to once again return to our beginnings to understand my comments watch the film you will see what I mean. To sum it up you will enjoy this nice comedy if your a Pryor fan you will really appreciate his versatile ability as an actor!

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