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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 »

Director:

Michael Schultz

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Lina Wertmüller (as Lina Wertmuller), Carl Gottlieb (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Pryor ... Leroy Jones / Rufus Jones / Reverend Lenox Thomas
Lonette McKee ... Vanetta
Margaret Avery ... Annie Mae
Morgan Woodward ... Mr. Mann
Marilyn Coleman Marilyn Coleman ... Sister Sarah
Bebe Drake ... Thelma (as BeBe Drake-Hooks)
Gloria Edwards Gloria Edwards ... Janelle
Ernesto Hernández Ernesto Hernández ... Jose Reyes (as Ernesto Hernandez)
Otis Day ... Sugar
Morgan Roberts Morgan Roberts ... Henry
Diane Rodriguez Diane Rodriguez ... Estrella Reyes
Dolph Sweet ... The Boss
Tim Thomerson ... Tour Guide (as Timothy Thomerson)
Daniel Valdez Daniel Valdez ... Chuy Estrada (as Danny Valdez)
Luis Valdez Luis Valdez ... Ramon Juarez
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1978 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A munka gyümölcse See more »

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Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The office tower's roof being painted, at Washington Square, 330 Washington Boulevard, Marina Del Rey, California, was later the exterior setting for the office of the Simon's for Simon & Simon (1981). See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Featured in Life of Pryor: The Richard Pryor Story (2006) See more »

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Which Way Is Up?
Words and Music by Norman Whitfield
Sung by Stargard
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This movie had me laughing so hard I couldn't breath!
20 January 2018 | by serafinogmSee all my reviews

Richard had that effect on me! When he was on there has never been anyone who could cause me laugh harder or gasping for breath longer. Dave Chappelle came close, George Carlin was in the neighborhood (he was a bit more cerebral later in his career), Eddie Murphy could from time to time, but for pure standup perfection and improvisation Richard Pryor ruled and for me he always will. He played three roles in 'Which Way is Up', one as funny as the other. However perhaps the Preacher role (Reverend Lennox Thomas) especially for the roles pure unadulterated hypocrisy due to the "Reverends" unchecked ardor and avarice (remind you of any of the Evangelists of today?) made me laugh the most but this whole movie was funny from beginning to end. Richard you left us too early, miss you man!


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