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Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979)

Not Rated | | Comedy | January 1979 (USA)
Richard Pryor's classic 1979 concert film has him discussing a wide range of topics, including race, the police and his favorite target -- himself.

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Jeff Margolis

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Richard Pryor
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Credited cast:
Richard Pryor ... Self
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Patti LaBelle ... Self (scenes deleted)
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Richard Pryor's classic 1979 concert film has him discussing a wide range of topics, including race, the police and his favorite target -- himself.

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WARNING: The Picture Contains Harsh and Very Vulgar Language and May Be Considered Shocking and Offensive. No Explicit sex or Violence is Shown.

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Trivia

An audio version of the movie was released on a double-LP in 1978 and was entitled "Wanted: Live in Concert" (aka "Wanted/Richard Pryor - Live In Concert") similar to but not exactly the same as Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979). It ran for about eight minutes longer and included recordings from other concerts in the same 1978 tour but none from the Long Beach, California venue that was used for this movie. See more »

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Richard Pryor: That was some hell of a psychology right? To make someone go get a switch to beat their own ass with. My grandmother would say 'boy, go get me something to beat your ass with'. And that would be the longest walk in the world, Jack. And you knew you couldn't come back with no little one, either. Cause you come back with a little one, she goin' out there and get the tree and beat your ass with. Right you'd be going in the house and it would be making such a weird sound like
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Crazy Credits

Patti LaBelle was an important part of the following program. Time does not permit us to include her in this recording but we gratefully acknowledge her performance. See more »

Alternate Versions

Reedited and reissued in August 1979 as "Richard Pryor Is Back Live In Concert," which was sold as an entirely new film. Much of the footage was from the original version, and virtually all of the material was the same, but some of the new footage was from a different performance of the same show. Producers noted that the difference could be determined by noting that in some shots, Pryor wears a wristwatch and in other shots he doesn't, prompting New York Times critic Vincent Canby to remark "If you cannot rest until you see Mr. Pryor wear a wristwatch, don't miss this recycled work. However, it's far cheaper to stay home and remember the first movie fondly." See more »

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Best stand-up comedian ever, period.
12 February 2005 | by Chromium_5See all my reviews

As others have said, this is the best stand-up performance ever recorded. It sounds like an exaggeration, but it's not. Pryor is a comedic genius, and you can see his influence in every comedian since. He sets the standard. His facial expressions, acting abilities, delivery, etc., are all top-notch, and he can make even mundane topics such as walking through the woods pee-your-pants hilarious (in fact, he spends a long time talking about the woods, which is a bit puzzling, but hey, it's funny). He also covers completely unrelated topics such as dogs, drugs, family life, boxing, and sex... all the while being hysterically funny. The guy is amazing, and I recommend this to anyone who enjoys stand-up comedy.


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$300,000 (estimated)
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