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Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (1982)

Richard Pryor performs his stand-up comedy act on the Sunset Strip.

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Joe Layton

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Richard Pryor
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Richard Pryor ... Himself
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One of comedian Richard Pryor's live performances (at the Sunset Strip, obviously) caught on film. Pryor talks about most of his standard subjects, including rascism and the differences between blacks and whites, along with talking about some of his recent film roles. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Live on the Sunset Strip See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,780,693, 14 March 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$36,299,720
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Dolby

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Color
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The Hollywood Palladium, the grand old monolithic ballroom on Sunset Strip, is a Hollywood landmark, and therefore, it was a fitting site for filming Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (1982). Opening in 1940 at a cost of a million dollars, the Hollywood Palladium was the first ballroom in the United States to be built on such a grand scale. Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra were the featured attraction for the premiere, which starred Frank Sinatra, Connie Haines, and The Pied Pipers. Over the years, such big band favorites as Harry James, Stan Kenton, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tex Beneke, and Lawrence Welk have played for the dancing feet of thousands. At the time that this movie was made and released, the ballroom had recently been the locale of the Emmy Awards, the Grammy Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, the Entertainment Hall of Fame Awards, and other entertainment industry events. See more »

Quotes

Richard Pryor: I went to penitentiary one time, not me personally, but me and Gene went there for a movie. Arizona State Penitentiary - population: 90-percent Black people. But there are no Black people in Arizona. They have to bus motherfuckers in!
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Funny. Good Effort, Pryor
16 June 2000 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

Richard Pryor proves his comedic genius here with another comedy film, this time live from the sunset strip. Here, he talks about women, african roots, and Pryor on fire (which is his hilarious account of when he lit himself on fire mixing crack-cocaine). Funny stuff, but not as fully dandy as his 1979 special. Tries as hard as he can, and succeeds in winning the audience over. It also worked for me. Sort of. First of two Pryor comedy films from Columbia-Tristar. A-


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