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Which Way Is Up? (1977)

Richard Pryor is playing three different roles here. The first being a poor orange picker named Leroy Jones who gets laid off when by mistake he joins the worker's union during one of their... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Leroy Jones / Rufus Jones / Reverend Lenox Thomas
... Vanetta
... Annie Mae
... Mr. Mann
Marilyn Coleman ... Sister Sarah
... Thelma (as BeBe Drake-Hooks)
Gloria Edwards ... Janelle
Ernesto Hernández ... Jose Reyes (as Ernesto Hernandez)
... Sugar
Morgan Roberts ... Henry
Diane Rodriguez ... Estrella Reyes
... The Boss
... Tour Guide (as Timothy Thomerson)
Daniel Valdez ... Chuy Estrada (as Danny Valdez)
Luis Valdez ... Ramon Juarez
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Richard Pryor is playing three different roles here. The first being a poor orange picker named Leroy Jones who gets laid off when by mistake he joins the worker's union during one of their demonstrations. Afterwards he is forced to leave his wife and family behind which also includes Leroy's father (also played by Pryor) to go to Los Angeles. Leroy ends up working for the same company that fired him back home. He is a manager at the company but he is now distant from his former pals. He meets and falls in love with Vanetta who is a labor organizer which leaves him splitting time between his wife Annie Mae and Vanetta. When Leroy finds out that the Reverend Lenox Thomas (also played by Pryor) has got his wife pregnant while he was absent, he then make the moves on the reverend's wife. Written by mts77

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23 June 1978 (West Germany)  »

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A munka gyümölcse  »

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$3,200,000 (estimated)
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At the beginning of the film Leroy (Richard Pryor) listens in on his father Rufus (also Richard Pryor) having sex in the other room. The sounds of his father and the woman, "Don't do that baby. Sock it to me. [moaning]", was sampled in 2 Live Crew's 1989 hit "Me So Horny" on the album "As Nasty As They Wanna Be". That song also features a sample from Full Metal Jacket (1987). See more »

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Annie Mae: Leroy, can't you just whisper sweet things into my ear?
Leroy Jones: [into her ear] Open yo legs, bitch!
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Referenced in Small Change (1978) See more »

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Which Way Is Up?
Words and Music by Norman Whitfield
Sung by Stargard
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Richard Just Goes To Show How Versatility Can Make A Great Movie!
19 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

Richard Pryor assumes three roles in a farce about a California orange picker, and boy does Pryor have great acting versatility! Pryor first becomes a labor union hero then a corporate womanizing flunky. Pryor is at his best as the grumpy old man father this is one of the funniest roles I have ever seen Pryor play. This is a film that shows that sometimes life can take on great changes in the way of family, relationships, jobs, and status. Only in the end to once again return to our beginnings to understand my comments watch the film you will see what I mean. To sum it up you will enjoy this nice comedy if your a Pryor fan you will really appreciate his versatile ability as an actor!


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