MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 5,671 this week

Petey Wheatstraw (1977)

R  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy  |  November 1977 (USA)
6.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 391 users  
Reviews: 16 user | 15 critic

Petey Wheatstraw (Rudy Ray Moore) is a candidate to become the devil's son-in-law. The storyline is a scaffolding on which Rudy Ray Moore's standup humor can be unfolded. Beginning life as ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Interview: Magic Mike

The Magic Mike XXL guys give some relationship advice to a 74-year-old fan.

Watch Now

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 626 titles
created 08 Aug 2012
 
a list of 225 titles
created 09 Aug 2012
 
a list of 7987 titles
created 19 Jun 2014
 
a list of 35 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 44 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Petey Wheatstraw" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Petey Wheatstraw (1977)

Petey Wheatstraw (1977) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Petey Wheatstraw.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

One of several Rudy Ray Moore films, THE HUMAN TORNADO is part of the on-going adventures of Dolemite: a signifying' super-hero. Dolemite comes to the rescue of Queen Bee, whose primarily ... See full summary »

Director: Cliff Roquemore
Stars: Rudy Ray Moore, Lady Reed, Jimmy Lynch
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A black man plays Uncle Tom in order to gain access to CIA training, then uses that knowledge to plot a new American Revolution.

Director: Ivan Dixon
Stars: Lawrence Cook, Janet League, Paula Kelly
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Frank Pinnock
Stars: Rudy Ray Moore, Jerry Jones, James Evans
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

J.J., a rising star in the black crime scene, is in the process of consolidating his power over the neighborhood. One of the only remaining obstacles is the white heroin cartel that is ... See full summary »

Director: John Evans
Stars: Rod Perry, Damu King, Don Chastain
Dolemite (1975)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Dolemite is a pimp who was set up by Willie Greene and the cops, who have planted drugs, stolen furs, and guns in his trunk and got him sentenced to 20 years in jail. One day, Queen B and a... See full summary »

Director: D'Urville Martin
Stars: Rudy Ray Moore, D'Urville Martin, Jerry Jones
Detroit 9000 (1973)
Crime | Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After a fundraiser for a black politician is robbed, Detroit police put two detectives, one white and one black, on the case, who try to work together under boiling political pressure.

Director: Arthur Marks
Stars: Alex Rocco, Hari Rhodes, Vonetta McGee
Lil' Pimp (Video 2005)
Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Based upon the animated made-for-internet comedy series. It is the story of a nine year white old boy who hustles his ho's around the neighborhood.

Directors: Mark Brooks, Peter Gilstrap
Stars: Mark Brooks, Peter Gilstrap, Bernie Mac
Truck Turner (1974)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Truck is a bounty hunter who gets a job to track down a guy named Gator. When he and his partner find him, a chase ensues and Gator is killed. This makes Gator's woman, Dorinda, very angry ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Kaplan
Stars: Isaac Hayes, Yaphet Kotto, Alan Weeks
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A retired cop becomes a DJ/celebrity at the Blueberry Hill disco-- he's the "Disco Godfather!" All is well until his nephew flips out on a strange new drug that's sweeping the streets, ... See full summary »

Director: J. Robert Wagoner
Stars: Rudy Ray Moore, Carol Speed, Jimmy Lynch
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

During the 1970s, U.S. Special Agent Cleopatra Jones proves to be an invaluable asset to the local police forces in the war on drugs.

Director: Jack Starrett
Stars: Tamara Dobson, Bernie Casey, Brenda Sykes
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Beautiful women prisoners are abused in a Philippine prison, until 5 of them plot an escape by taking the evil female warden hostage with the reluctant help of 2 male fruit vendors.

Director: Jack Hill
Stars: Roberta Collins, Pam Grier, Judith Brown
The Mack (1973)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Goldie returns from five years at the state pen and winds up king of the pimping game. Trouble comes in the form of two corrupt white cops and a crime lord who wants him to return to the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Campus
Stars: Max Julien, Don Gordon, Richard Pryor
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rudy Ray Moore ...
Petey
Jimmy Lynch ...
Jimmy
Leroy Daniels ...
Leroy
Ernest Mayhand ...
Skillet
Ebony Wright ...
Nell / Devil's Daughter
Steve Gallon ...
Steve (as Wildman Steve)
G. Tito Shaw ...
Lucipher
Ted Clemmons ...
Ted
Marvin Jones ...
Scarface Willie
George Mireless ...
Mr. White
Bryan L. Roquemore ...
Larry
Clifford Roquemore II ...
Baby Petey
Brian Breye ...
Bantu
Rose Williams ...
Petey's Mother
...
Petey's Father
Edit

Storyline

Petey Wheatstraw (Rudy Ray Moore) is a candidate to become the devil's son-in-law. The storyline is a scaffolding on which Rudy Ray Moore's standup humor can be unfolded. Beginning life as the afterbirth to a watermelon, the young Wheatstraw becomes a martial artist, but is unable to best the evil comedy team of Leroy and Skillet, who also indulge in wholesale murder. Satan restores the comedians' victims to life, and charges Petey with the task of marrying his clock-stoppingly ugly daughter to giving him a grandchild. When Petey attempts to default on the deal, he is pursued by the devil's henchmen. Written by Ørnås

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Have No Fear, It's the Comedy Smash of the Year!

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

November 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Petey Wheatstraw, the Devil's Son-In-Law  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

In the closing credits , the martial arts performers are listed as "marshall arts performers". See more »

Quotes

Petey: I'm gonna get them silly son of a bitches. Let's make it.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Legend of Dolemite (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Petey Wheatstraw
Written by Nat Dove and Mary Love
Performed by Mary Love
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

WHAT THE CRAP DID I JUST WATCH........
12 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

In "The Last Picture Show," a character says "I guess if it wasn't for (so-and-so), I'd have missed it, whatever it is." Well, I've found what "it" is for me. "It" is "Petey Wheatstraw, the Devil's Son-In-Law." This 1978 low-budget blaxploitation movie stars Rudy Ray Moore as a comedian who cuts a deal with the devil (to marry his daughter...though he hates the idea) in order save his life and get revenge on those who killed him. As a child in South Central, Petey is taken in by some old black dude (all the good guys are), who trains him in kung-fu in his backyard. He grows up and is a greatly successful comedian, but his up-coming gig threatens to take away potential sales from two fat guys up-coming show. These guys had cut an investment deal with Mr. White (guess what race he is?) and his henchmen, who threaten to kill them if the show is a flop. So, they want to kill Petey. This movie is so hard to put your finger on...I couldn't tell if some of the scenes were un-intentionally funny, intentionally funny, or intended to seem un-intentionally funny. But what's important is, it's a kung-fu ghetto movie with actors who obviously no almost nothing about martial arts, Petey wear's fly outfits and goes around the hood helping people with his magic pimp cane, it's got a great soundtrack, consisting mainly of a standard funk beat with two or three women singing the words "Petey Wheatstraw" over and over, and Petey uses Dr. Seuss-like rhymes as he battles his foes. This movie has opened up a whole new world for me. I just might impulse-buy this and Rudy Ray Moore's similar films from the same era: "Dolemite," it's sequel, "The Human Tornado," and "Disco Godfather." Wow. Just wow.

Rating: 70/5


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Soo Bad!! dorite48
LMAO VValkyrie
Discuss Petey Wheatstraw (1977) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?