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The Richard Pryor Special? (1977)

Richard Pryor wanders around the NBC Studio, encountering various eccentrics. Meanwhile, the Reverend James L. White, the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin Dada and others are taping their own segments.

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John Moffitt

Writers:

Maya Angelou (soliloquy), Bob Ellison | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Pryor ... Himself / The Reverend James L. White / Idi Amin Dada / Shoeshine Man / Willie
Maya Angelou ... Willie's Wife
Shirley Hemphill ... Pushy Fan from Tour Group
LaWanda Page ... Sister Mabel Williams
William Guest William Guest ... Himself (as The Pips)
Merald Knight Merald Knight ... Himself (as The Pips)
Edward Patten Edward Patten ... Himself (as The Pips)
Glynn Turman ... Booster Johnson
John Belushi ... Slave Driver / Bartender
Falstaff Wilde Falstaff Wilde
Pat Hodges Pat Hodges ... Choir (as Hodges James & Smith)
Denita James Denita James ... Choir (as Hodges James & Smith)
Jessica Smith Jessica Smith ... Choir (as Hodges James & Smith)
Lois January ... Older Woman
John Wheeler John Wheeler ... Security Guard
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Storyline

Richard Pryor wanders around the NBC Studio and encounters a nutty religious woman, a pushy fan from a tour group, a street peddler, a shoeshine man, two young boys who know their Black history, and a group of radical staff writers. Meanwhile, the Reverend James L. White wants his viewers' money in order to relieve them of all that paper. Gladys Knight and the Pips appear without Gladys Knight. Idi Amin Dada rebuts a recent NBC editorial. In a segment adapted from Langston Hughes, sexy women with various shades of dark skin proclaim that Black is beautiful. Willie stumbles into a bar and stumbles back out before coming home to his wife, who delivers a soliloquy written by Maya Angelou. Written by J. Spurlin

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1977 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Burt Sugarman Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

[first lines]
Slave Driver: Okay, rest period... Rest period's over!
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Followed by The Richard Pryor Show (1977) See more »

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For the Love of Money
Composed by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Anthony Jackson
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