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Super Fly (1972)

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The daily routine of cocaine dealer Priest who wants to score one more super deal and retire.

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Gordon Parks Jr.

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Phillip Fenty (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron O'Neal ... Priest
Carl Lee Carl Lee ... Eddie
Sheila Frazier ... Georgia (as Shiela Frazier)
Julius Harris ... Scatter (as Julius W. Harris)
Charles McGregor Charles McGregor ... Fat Freddie (as Charles MacGregor)
Nate Adams Nate Adams ... Dealer
Polly Niles Polly Niles ... Cynthia
Yvonne Delaine Yvonne Delaine ... Mrs. Freddie
Henry Shapiro Henry Shapiro ... Robbery Victim
K.C. K.C. ... Pimp
James G. Richardson James G. Richardson ... Junkie (as Jim Richardson)
Make Bray Make Bray ... Junkie
Al Kiggins Al Kiggins ... Police
Bob Bonds Bob Bonds ... Police
Fred Ottaviano Fred Ottaviano ... Police (as Fred Rolaf)
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Storyline

Super Fly is a cocaine dealer who begins to realize that his life will soon end with either prison or his death. He decides to build an escape from the life by making his biggest deal yet, converting the coke to cash and running off to start a new life. The problem is that the Mob does not have a retirement plan and will give him a choice of staying and selling for them or dying if they find out his intentions. Written by John Vogel <jvogel@dgs. dgsys.com>

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All He Needed Was One Last Deal... See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Superfly See more »

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Budget:

$58,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Superfly,Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

When Priest is shadowed by the police in order to shake him down about his friend Scatter he's seen walking down the exact same block in two shots, one after the other. The only difference between the shots is that in the second, garbage cans have been added to the sidewalk that Priest walks around. See more »

Quotes

Georgia: What'll you do when you get out?
Youngblood Priest: I don't know. Not so much what we do - it's havin' a choice. Bein' able to decide what it is I want. Not just to be forced into a thing, 'cause that's the way it is. I'll buy me some time, baby. Time that isn't all f*cked up with things we gotta do. Just to be free.
Georgia: Will that make you happy?
Youngblood Priest: I don't know. I don't know. I just know, I can't be happy the way it is now.
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Referenced in Married with Children: Cheese, Cues, and Blood (1991) See more »

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Super Fly
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Curtis Mayfield
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A film that influenced a generation.
28 October 2003 | by lambiepie-2See all my reviews

Let me put in my two cents about this film.

If you weren't around when this film was released...you're going to miss much when writing a review. Let me try to help:

This film IS about an urban drug dealer that "sticks it to the man". This was NOT a known concept of that time which is why it attracted so many movie goers. What was ALSO interesting was the casting of the light skinned, straight haired actor Ron O'Neal as "Superfly" to "stick it to the man". "The Man", usually white in these films, formatically had to brace the rath of very dark skinned blacks. But here was something... different! "The Man", was really "The Law Establishment". And was "Superfly"...urban? New Concepts of the time.

Another thing: Curtis Mayfield HATED the theme of this movie. He was going to turn down writing the soundtrack when he thought it may be better to counteract this theme by writing POSITIVE messages for the audience to hear. Before "Saturday Night Fever", Curtis Mayfield wrote the ground breaking music to "Superfly". This made the film even more popular.

This was a low budget film released at the very beginning of the black film experience, and was meant to be the opposite of "Shaft" not a parellel to it. But based on the success of Shaft, Warner Bro's needed a project to enter in this arena and greenlighted "Superfly".

This film began a M-A-J-O-R fashion trend that was hard to overcome (only the Disco era of the late 70's knocked this one out.)

And that is "Superfly" in a nutshell.

"Priest", played by Ron O'Neal was 'supercool', he was slick, he had a nice existence, he was a drug dealer that you DIDN'T know was one -- not by outward appearances anyway...that didn't get his come-uppence at the end of the film, he GAVE it.

It is amazing what an impact "Superfly" had on the culture of that time. In looking at it now, it may look cheap, but it IS a timecapsule of fashion, of music and of breaking a movie taboo that all drug dealers are lowlifes and must be killed in the end.

About that fashion: This began the trend of white surban-ites dressing like pimps trying to be cool. Little white kids were wearing "maxi" coats with "Superfly" hats to Jr. High School and High School!!! Dancers were wearing platform shoes, etc., on American Bandstand!!! You think Hip-Hop did it? Where have you BEEN!!!

"Superfly" is one of the rare films that you must experience beyond judging it on how good or bad it is to watch...Rent this film to see how a film can INFLUENCE a culture.


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