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Space Is the Place (1974)

R | | Sci-Fi, Music | November 1974 (USA)
Sun Ra--space-age prophet, pharoanic jester, shaman-philosopher and avant-jazz keyboardist/bandleader--lands his spaceship in Oakland, having been presumed lost in space for a few years. ... See full summary »

Director:

John Coney

Writers:

Joshua Smith, Sun Ra
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Deloney Barbara Deloney ... Candy
Sun Ra Sun Ra ... Himself
Raymond Johnson ... The Overseer (as Ray Johnson)
Erika Leder Erika Leder ... Tania
Christopher Brooks Christopher Brooks ... Jimmy Fey
La Shaa Stallings La Shaa Stallings ... Bertha
Sinthia Ayala Sinthia Ayala ... Chili Pepper
Clarence Brewer Clarence Brewer ... Bernard
June Tyson June Tyson ... Arkestra member
Morgan Upton ... Agent #2
Walter Burns Walter Burns ... Agent #1
Tiny Parker Tiny Parker ... Tiny
Sam Bankhead Sam Bankhead ... Sam
John Gilmore John Gilmore ... Arkestra member
Marshall Allen Marshall Allen ... Arkestra member
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Storyline

Sun Ra--space-age prophet, pharoanic jester, shaman-philosopher and avant-jazz keyboardist/bandleader--lands his spaceship in Oakland, having been presumed lost in space for a few years. With Black Power on the rise, Ra disembarks and proclaims himself "the alter-destiny." He holds a myth-vs.-reality rap session with black inner-city youth at a rec center, threatening "to chain you up and take you with me, like they did you in Africa," if they resist his plea to go to outer space. He duels at cards with The Overseer, a satanic overlord, with the fate of the black race at stake. Ra wins the right to a world concert, which features great performance footage of the Arkestra. Agents sent by the Overseer attempt to assassinate Ra, but he vanishes, rescues his people, and departs in his spaceship from the exploding planet Earth. Written by Jim Newman <jnew@sirius.com>

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Sci-Fi | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Arkestra: Space Is the Place See more »

Filming Locations:

Berkeley, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sun Ra wrote all of his own lines for the film. See more »

Quotes

[Drunk walks into Sun Ra's employment agency]
Drunk: My man, what's happenin?
Sun Ra: Everything is happenin.
Drunk: What is this... I mean what... where am I? Who is you?
Sun Ra: I am everything, and nuthin.
Drunk: Nuthin? Well you betta tell me about this nuthin stuff, cause, uh, I need a job. I... I don't know what to do.
Sun Ra: What have you been doin lately?
Drunk: Uh huh uh, nuthin, really, nuthin.
Sun Ra: How long have you been doing nuthin?
Drunk: Quite some time. Quite some time.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The 2003 Plexifilm DVD restores a substantial amount of footage that had been omitted from the Rhapsody videocassette version. Among the additions are two plot lines, one involving two nurses/prostitutes (which includes full frontal nudity), and the other about a pool hustler/junky. See more »

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Referenced in WWE Raw: Episode #2.24 (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Discipline
Composed and Arranged by Sun Ra
Performed by Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Solar Arkestra
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"Don't play what you know - Play what you don't know"! says RA
21 March 2007 | by thebestcelebSee all my reviews

Yes! It was a low budget film and it was my very first. Although I did not know who "Sun Ra" was at the time - I did enjoy working with him. I will always remember his very words to me during the filming of the nightclub scene (in which I had a small speaking role). We were taking a lunch break and I had decided to sit at the piano and hit some piano keys, just for fun. Ra came walking by and glancing over to me he said, "Don't play what you know - Play what you don't know"! I am not a professional musician, but always remember these words when playing an instrument. I was very happy to see that this film made it to DVD a few years ago.


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