Joe Braxton is an ex-con who has been given a second chance to freedom after violating his probation. He has been hired by a school teacher named Vivian Perry to repair and drive an old ... See full summary »
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Con man Kevin Lennihan, framed in a jewel smuggling, tries for an insanity plea, and is sent to a hospital for review, where he is confused for another doctor and takes over the hospital when a major storm hits.
George has been in a mental hospital for three years and is finally ready to go out into the real world again. Eddie Dash, a dedicated con man, is supposed to keep him out of trouble, but ... See full summary »
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 »
A Vietnam vet returns home from a prisoner of war camp and is greeted as a hero, but is quickly forgotten and soon discovers how tough survival is in his own country.Written by
The first of two movies scored by Patrick Williams that featured two of comedy's top superstars. Richard Pryor in this movie, and subsequently, Best Defense (1984), starring Eddie Murphy, which was filming during the time this movie was released, and released by the same studio as this movie. Murphy got off to hot start with 48 Hrs. (1982), which was released by Paramount Pictures during Christmastime 1982, at the same time as Pryor's comedy, The Toy (1982) was released by Columbia Pictures. Murphy's movie became a blockbuster, and Pryor was a solid performer during this time frame with Murphy gaining great critical accolades from critics, and being touted as the heir to Pryor's comedic throne. Murphy and Pryor worked together on Harlem Nights (1989), on which Murphy wrote and directed for Paramount Pictures, which was one of his final movies on-screen before his health seriously started to deteriorate, and would be notable in Another You (1991), co-starring the late Gene Wilder. See more »
If the idea was to set up the protagonist, Eddie Keller, to be killed during the trade, why the gangsters bring any money?
This becomes even more unclear as the gangsters specifically state and plan on murdering him in advance of the actual meeting, rendering the need to bring any payment due to him irrelevant. See more »
This film starts off like an extremely poignant drama. The bond between Richard Pryor and Ray Sharkey in the POW camp is seamlessly acted. The musical score by Patrick Williams is outstanding and very sad. The films middle is just as good, with very moving parts with Pryor returning from war to deal with problems with his mother, his wife, and his life. However, after this the film goes awry. The films keeps its respectability however, because Pryor is such a good actor.
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