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||IMDB Rating: 6.5/10 from 18 votes
||Release: 15 February 1973 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
||Stars: Al Kiggins, Bob Bonds, Carl Lee, Charles McGregor, Fred Ottaviano, Henry Shapiro, James G. Richardson, Julius Harris, K.C., Make Bray, Nate Adams, Polly Niles, Ron O'Neal, Sheila Frazier, Yvonne Delaine
||Synopsis: Super Fly is a cocaine dealer who begins to realize that his life will soon end with either prison or his death. He decides to build an escape from the life by making his biggest deal yet, converting the coke to cash and running off to start a new life. The problem is that the Mob does not have a retirement plan and will give him a choice of staying and selling for them or dying if they find out his intentions. Written by John Vogel [email protected] dgsys.com
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Let me put in my two cents about this film.
If you weren't around when this film was released...you're going to miss
much when writing a review. Let me try to help:
This film IS about an urban drug dealer that "sticks it to the man". This
was NOT a known concept of that time which is why it attracted so many
goers. What was ALSO interesting was the casting of the light skinned,
straight haired actor Ron O'Neal as "Superfly" to "stick it to the man".
"The Man", usually white in these films, formatically had to brace the
of very dark skinned blacks. But here was something... different! "The
was really "The Law Establishment". And was "Superfly"...urban? New
of the time.
Another thing: Curtis Mayfield HATED the theme of this movie. He was
to turn down writing the soundtrack when he thought it may be better to
counteract this theme by writing POSITIVE messages for the audience to
Before "Saturday Night Fever", Curtis Mayfield wrote the ground breaking
music to "Superfly". This made the film even more popular.
This was a low budget film released at the very beginning of the black
experience, and was meant to be the opposite of "Shaft" not a parellel to
it. But based on the success of Shaft, Warner Bro's needed a project to
enter in this arena and greenlighted "Superfly".
This film began a M-A-J-O-R fashion trend that was hard to overcome (only
the Disco era of the late 70's knocked this one out.)
And that is "Superfly" in a nutshell.
"Priest", played by Ron O'Neal was 'supercool', he was slick, he had a
existence, he was a drug dealer that you DIDN'T know was one -- not by
outward appearances anyway...that didn't get his come-uppence at the end
the film, he GAVE it.
It is amazing what an impact "Superfly" had on the culture of that time.
looking at it now, it may look cheap, but it IS a timecapsule of fashion,
music and of breaking a movie taboo that all drug dealers are lowlifes
must be killed in the end.
About that fashion: This began the trend of white surban-ites dressing
pimps trying to be cool. Little white kids were wearing "maxi" coats with
"Superfly" hats to Jr. High School and High School!!! Dancers were
platform shoes, etc., on American Bandstand!!! You think Hip-Hop did it?
Where have you BEEN!!!
"Superfly" is one of the rare films that you must experience beyond
it on how good or bad it is to watch...Rent this film to see how a film
INFLUENCE a culture.
Tags for Super Fly Full Movie
, Bob Bonds
, Carl Lee
, Charles McGregor
, Fred Ottaviano
, Henry Shapiro
, James G. Richardson
, Julius Harris
, Make Bray
, Nate Adams
, Polly Niles
, Ron O'Neal
, Sheila Frazier
, Yvonne Delaine
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