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Lina Wertmüller (1972 screenplay Mimì metallurgico ferito nell'onore)
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Release Date:
1 February 1979 (Denmark) See more »
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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  (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
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
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Richard Pryor hilariously portrays three characters in Which Way Is Up?, 14 February 2012
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

It's been about 30 years since I almost watched the entirety of this movie (the only reason I couldn't was because I was 13 at the time and my mom wouldn't let me watch the rest when she caught me watching a sex scene!) so now that I have indeed done so on Netflix Streaming, I'm sooo glad I did! Richard Pryor must of had the time of his life making this movie with director Michael Schultz especially when-in the only time in his career-he portrayed three characters: Leading player Leroy Jones, his father Rufus, and reverend Lenox Thomas. The story deals with unions, promotions, adultery, sexual problems, and trying to find a balance of it all. Leroy has his hands full dealing with wife Margaret Avery as Annie Mae, Lonette McKee as social activist Vanetta, and Marilyn Coleman as Sister Sarah, wife of the reverend. Pryor's scenes with Ms. McKee are the most romantic, while his sequences with Ms. Avery and Ms. Coleman are the most comic. But they all have some poignancy about them that makes one care for them. Pryor himself is at his best with his takes on each character and the way Leroy changes his demeanor for whatever occasion. In other words, I found Which Way Is Up? quite hilarious so yeah, that's a high recommendation.

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