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Friday Foster (1975)

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Friday Foster, an ex-model magazine photographer, goes to Los Angeles International airport to photograph the arrival of Blake Tarr, the richest black man in America. Three men attempt to ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Friday Foster
... Colt Hawkins
... Ford Malotte
... Blake Tarr
... Madame Rena
... Enos Griffith
... Noble Franklin
... Fancy Dexter
... Cleve
... Sen. David Lee Hart
... Charles Foley
Ed Cambridge ... Lt. Jake Wayne (as Edmund Cambridge)
... Monk Riley
Rosalind Miles ... Clorils Boston
... Yarbro
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Friday Foster, an ex-model magazine photographer, goes to Los Angeles International airport to photograph the arrival of Blake Tarr, the richest black man in America. Three men attempt to assassinate Tarr. Foster photographs the melee and is plunged into a web of conspiracy involving the murder of her childhood friend, a US senator, and a shadowy plan called "Black Widow". Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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FANCY - Took a fancy to Friday but his hustle had no muscle! See more »

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1 August 1977 (Sweden)  »

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"Friday Foster" was based on a newspaper comic strip that debuted January 18, 1970, by writer Jim Lawrence and artist Jorje Longeron. It was the first mainstream comic strip with a black lead character. The movie gives a "thank you" credit to Chicago Tribune Syndication, which licensed the comic strip to newspapers. Ironically, by the time the movie was released in 1975, the comic strip was no more, having ended the previous year. See more »

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When Friday goes on assignment to photograph Blake Tarr's arrival in Los Angeles, the iconic Washington Dulles Airport terminal building is shown. See more »

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Friday Foster: [to Blake] You treat a person like a person... and a woman like a woman.
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It's no wonder Pam Grier's career quickly went down the toilet after lame movies like this and 'Sheba, Baby'!
19 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

Jack Hill's brilliant 'Coffy' is one of the 1970s best exploitation movies and remains the definitive Pam Grier role. It's such a pity that within two years Grier was forced into making something as mediocre as 'Friday Foster'. It's no wonder he career quickly went down the toilet after lame movies like this and 'Sheba, Baby'! 'Coffy' is a classic revenge movie and actually had some element of realism. Hill's next collaboration with Grier 'Foxy Brown' stepped away from that, and I didn't enjoy it as much, but compared to this it's a masterpiece. In 'Friday Foster' Grier is getting even closer to 'Cleopatra Jones' territory, but without the fun and style of that movie or its sequel. This movie actually has one of the best supporting casts of any blaxploitation film, but even that fails to satisfy. Yaphet Kotto plays Grier's detective buddy, and Julius Harris is her boss. Plus there's Scatman Crothers ('Black Belt Jones'), Thalmus Rasulala ('Blacula'), Godfrey Cambridge ('Cotton Comes To Harlem'), Paul Benjamin ('Across 110th Street') and Carl Weathers ('Rocky'), as well as Eartha Kitt, Isaac the bartender from 'The Love Boat' (Ted Lange) and even inexplicably 'Gilligan's Island's Thurston Howell III (Jim Backus)! As much as I love Grier and Kotto, 'Friday Foster's paper thin plot didn't hold my interest for very long and I was bored way before the climactic shootout. I regard this and 'Truck Turner' (which funnily enough also co-stars Yaphet Kotto) as the two most disappointing blaxploitation movies I've seen. If you want to see Pam Grier at her best watch 'Coffy', then follow it up with 'Foxy Brown' and 'Jackie Brown'. All three movies wipe the floor with this limp effort.


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