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The Return of Superfly (1990)

This is a sequel to Super Fly (1972). In it, Nathan Purdee is now playing the role of Priest, who was played by Ron O'Neal in the previous movie. In it, Eddie, Priest's old partner, was ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Purdee ... Superfly / Priest
Margaret Avery ... Francine
Leonard L. Thomas ... Joey Maxwell (as Leonard Thomas)
Christopher Curry ... Tom Perkins
Carlos Carrasco ... Hector Estrada
Samuel L. Jackson ... Nate Cabot (as Sam Jackson)
Luis Antonio Ramos ... Manuel (as Luis Ramos)
Kirk Taylor ... Renaldo
David Groh ... Inspector Wolinski
John Gabriel ... Sarge Joyner
Tico Wells Tico Wells ... Willy Green
Patrice Ablack Patrice Ablack ... Irene Gates
Arnie Mazer ... Marty Ryan
Eric Payne ... Security Guard
Ruthanna Graves Ruthanna Graves ... Jasmine Jackson
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This is a sequel to Super Fly (1972). In it, Nathan Purdee is now playing the role of Priest, who was played by Ron O'Neal in the previous movie. In it, Eddie, Priest's old partner, was killed. Now Priest, who has been living in France, and who is no longer a drug dealer, visits, and he sets out to find the ones who killed Eddie, and to get them. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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English

Release Date:

9 November 1990 (USA) See more »

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Il ritorno di Superfly See more »

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Connecticut, USA See more »

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$610,402
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Color
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The failure of the previous sequel Super Fly T.N.T. (1973) was enough to dissuade Ron O'Neal from reprising the lead role. O'Neal had not only acted in that film but had also directed it. See more »

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SuperLame (or, NOT EXACTLY a SuperFly Way To Die)...
26 February 2002 | by johnmorghenSee all my reviews

The original "SUPERFLY" has always been one of my favorite films, and is undoubtedly an important milestone in urban filmmaking. So, what is there to say about this lame sequel? For one, it is an attempt to get back to the original, with a somewhat interesting plot, bringing the character of Priest back to the drug scene he managed to stray away from so many years ago, unlike "SUPERFLY T.N.T.", which went an entirely different, yet plausible route.

The biggest problem, and perhaps this is the factor that's really holding it back, is the miscasting of Youngblood Priest, this time played by Nathan Purdee. Purdee is a sore choice to fill Ron O'Neal's shoes. You can't make a SuperFly movie without Ron O'Neal, plain and simple. Just as the original tag-line read: "Never a dude like this one!" Precisely. Purdee ain't SuperFly, which keeps this one grounded, throughout.

The best thing this film has going for it is Curtis Mayfield, who is back to score. Here he does a fine job of balancing the roots of his original music with a contemporary spirit, that suits the film well.

In my opinion, between the two sequels, "SUPERFLY T.N.T." is far superior, yet it sorely lacks the input of Mayfield and Gordon Parks, Jr. But, on the other hand, we at least have Ron O'Neal reprising his role. With "THE RETURN OF SUPERFLY", we unfortunately, don't have that option, yet we do have a new score by Mayfield. Go figure.

Now, if only these two sequels could have met somewhere and shared a cup of coffee, we might be on to something... the melding of a perfect sequel.


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