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Super Fly [DVD] [1972]


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  • Actors: Ron O'Neal, Carl Lee, Sheila Frazier, Julius Harris, Charles McGregor
  • Directors: Gordon Parks Jr
  • Producers: Sig Shore
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jun 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ESSTDS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,867 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Youngblood Priest (Ron O'Neal) is a charismatic drug pusher from the streets, but he wants to turn his back on the business after pulling the biggest score of his career. Priest must first approach 'The Man', who controls the whole of the criminal underworld. The Man does not wish him to retire, however, forcing Priest to take matters into his own hands. Classic Blaxploitation, with a soundtrack by Curtis Mayfield.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. on 29 Jun 2007
Format: DVD
This movie is outrageous. Gordon Parks Jr.'s "Superfly" is interesting enough with its cliches of drug pushers, users, pimps, hos, and the dismal life in the ghetto. Good performances are given by Ron O'Neal as Priest, the drug pusher who wants to do the unthinkable -- get out of the business, and Julius Harris as Scatter, Priest's former connection to "The Man". After a little "help" from his friends Priest discovers he can only trust his woman, Georgia (Shelia Frazier). But, Priest has masterminded a way to take him and Georgia away from this life to another.

A director today, for example, could never get away with making a movie like this. The movie moves along like a series of music videos, stopping periodically to insert some dialogue and characters and situations, after which it moves back into another music video. Even that sex scene in the bathtub seemed to go on forever, panning up and down and up and down and up and down the naked bodies in the tub, presumably long enough for the song to play out before we can move on to the next scene.

From a technical standpoint, the film is an absolute disaster. There's a foot-chase early in the movie during which a wire of some sort falls directly in front of the camera lens not once, but twice, the audio is numerous scenes does not even remotely match the video (the never-ending bathtub scene, for example), and the acting is abysmal.

Throughout the film, the enjoyment comes from Curtis Mayfield's superb soundtrack. It has a way of elevating what might be just another b film to a cult classic.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By B. Rake on 6 Jun 2006
Format: DVD
This Region 2 DVD from Warner is a pan and scan full screen version. Why this was released in this format is a mystery as the U.S. Region 1 is Widescreen and therefore the far superior disc to buy. If you have an all region player, please ignore the UK R2 and go for the R1 release to obtain this film in the original widescreen format.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. S. Maclaren on 31 Jan 2004
Format: DVD
This is a classic of it's type, and is clearly superior to it's contemporaries. What gives this film the edge is the clear social and political commentary that it provides for it's time. It is reflecting a variety of the competing interests that were present in the Black Community in the States at the time.
First, there is Priest's desire to leave behind his life of crime in drug dealing. He realises it is self-defeating and is reducing his own sense of self-worth. He yearns for a life of normality, where he can live a straightforward life of relative ease with his partner. In essence, he wants out of the struggle of the ghetto. A perfectly reasonable desire, and one shared, I would imagine by many of the people living in the ghettos and slums of the large industrialised cities of the Northern United States.
Second, the film reflects the pressure by society, or 'The Man', to slip into this lifestyle. In a key conversation with his partner (in crime), Priest is told that it makes no sense to struggle to leave the lifestyle he was in, since it represented the only opportunities that were available to the young black community at that time (perhaps still). Priest rejects this assessment. The film also underlines the sense of distrust and suspicion that the community held against it's law-makers (rightly as it turned out).
Third, the film demonstrates the increasing impotence of those truly revolutionary impulses within the community. In a conversation with a group of militants, who are chastising him for his lifestyle, Priest turns the tables accusing them of being unrealistic and away from the reality of the people in the ghetto. Essentially they were all talk and no action.
Overall, the film reflects these moral ambiguities and the complexities of life at the time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Mar 2011
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Big hair, big collars, big cars and those tastfully refined colours of the early 70's abound. A Brown leather suit, grey check clothes, big fedora and long sideburns as the movie writhes to the rythm of the Curtis Mayfield soundtrack especially Pusherman.

This was the end of the era for the black communities, Civil Rights,Malcolm X and Vietnam had changed the lifetyle. The stereotype of the white suburban nightmare, the bete noire had reared its shaggy head. Down on the streets the deals were going down as Cocaine moved into the ghetto, the drug dealers went from abject poverty to local superstars.

This film portrays this in the running chase as we are led through the derelict housing of New York, that closely sealed off in most mainstream films. We see the two incumbents climb into a family room, dominated by the stove heater and not the TV. This was poverty in its real life, the type that exploded onto the screens when New Orleans became flooded.

The bath scene goes on way too long but this film is about sex, drugs and corruption. The police are the real drug dealers and they run the streets. How scorching can you get?

The acting becomes wooded, the music scenes clumsy but the film captures a mood of a time and place. New York was going bust, black men were going to jail but meanwhile some could get hold of the types of comsumer items their forefathers could stare at whilst they bore the sting of the command. This is more than just a Kung Fu, kick em and whack em type of film, read beyond what is being offered and suddenly a wholse vista opens up.
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