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Willie Dynamite (1974)

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A social worker tries to get a pimp to change his ways.

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Gilbert Moses

Writers:

Ron Cutler (screenplay), Ron Cutler (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roscoe Orman ... Willie
Diana Sands ... Cora
Thalmus Rasulala ... Robert Daniels
Joyce Walker Joyce Walker ... Pashen
Roger Robinson ... Bell
George Murdock ... Celli
Albert Hall ... Pointer
Norma Donaldson Norma Donaldson ... Honey
Juanita Brown ... Sola
Royce Wallace Royce Wallace ... Willie's Mother (Emma)
Judith Brown ... Gorgia (as Judy Brown)
Marilyn Coleman Marilyn Coleman ... Connie
Mary Charlotte Wilcox ... Scatback (as Mary Wilcox)
Marcia McBroom ... Pearl
Jack Bernardi Jack Bernardi ... Willie's Lawyer
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Storyline

A social worker tries to get a pimp to change his ways.

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Taglines:

He's got to be Number-One. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1974 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Last film of Ms. Diana Sands, as she was ill with cancer, at time of filming. See more »

Goofs

When Willie is talking to Cora at the end of the movie, there is a light scar along his right cheek. As he's leaving her apartment, the scar not only gets noticeably worse, but additional scars also mysteriously appear on his forehead and nose. Yet when Willie comes out of the apartment building to see his car being towed, all of the scars are gone. See more »

Crazy Credits

During the ending credits, Richard Lawson is credited as playing the role of Sugar, when in fact it is Nathaniel Taylor who plays the role. See more »

Connections

Featured in American Pimp (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

King Midas
Music & Lyrics by Gilbert Moses
Sung by Martha Reeves (as Martha Reeves & The Sweet Things)
Arranged by Dale Oehler
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Look, Derek, I commented!
27 May 2004 | by MelissaSchickSee all my reviews

It is impossible to deny that this film has some hilarious parts. You can't help enjoying the absolutely ridiculous outfits and mannerisms of the pimps.

Everything from Willie's beyond gaudy car to even the characters' names (i.e. the white pimp named Milky Way) is pretty entertaining.

But it does have some serious (well okay, maybe not serious) implications as well. It is basically set up like most classic tragedies; a man in a position of great power falls due to a tragic flaw. Willie is likable enough not to deserve our hatred, but ruthless enough that we accept that he deserved his fate. Okay, so it's a bad idea to overthink this movie, but it is important to at least recognize that format.

Furthermore, its social implications are pretty relevant. It portrayed Black and White characters in both positive and negative stereotypes, as well as providing more well rounded characters to serve as positive rolemodels. It started out glorifying the pimp lifestyle and slowly de-glamorized it as a life of dishonesty, drug addiction, violence, and eventual ruin. It may have really given young kids growing up in ghettoes in that era as made something to think about by slowly exposing the harsh realities of a life outside the law. Especially since it also presented positive Black role models who came from similar situations, like Cora, a prostitute-turned-social worker on a quest to help rescue other young girls from a life on the streets.


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