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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

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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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He's tight, together, and mean. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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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

Referenced in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Willie D.
Music by Gilbert Moses & J.J. Johnson
Lyrics by Gilbert Moses
Sung by Martha Reeves (as Martha Reeves & The Sweet Things)
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Mixed results
5 November 2017 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Probably what might make most people give this particular Blaxploitation movie a look is the promise of "Gordon" from the children's television show "Sesame Street" playing a flamboyant pimp. There definitely is some novelty to get from that, and the movie boasts other attributes such as good production values (including a lot of outrageous clothing choices).

However, the end results overall are to some degree a bit unsatisfying. One reason for that is the portrayal of the title character. I was unsure throughout whether we are supposed to be on the side of Willie Dynamite or not. I suspect not... but I'm not sure, one reason maybe being that the character is kind of thin. It's hard to get into the head of this character a lot of the time and get his perspective of things. The script also suffers from the fact that the narrative is more or less a collection of vignettes loosely connected together, rather than one strong story thread.

If you like Blaxploitation movies from the 1970s, you'll probably find enough to enjoy here. However, you'll probably still see a fairly large bit of potential that wasn't quite realized.


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