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Director:
Writer:
Phillip Fenty (written by)
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Release Date:
4 August 1972 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Never a dude like this one! He's got a plan to stick it to The Man! See more »
Plot:
The daily routine of cocaine dealer Priest who wants to score one more super deal and retire. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
CLASSIC Black Cinema See more (60 total) »

Cast

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Ron O'Neal ... Priest
Carl Lee ... Eddie

Sheila Frazier ... Georgia (as Shiela Frazier)

Julius Harris ... Scatter
Charles McGregor ... Fat Freddie (as Charles MacGregor)
Nate Adams ... Dealer
Polly Niles ... Cynthia
Yvonne Delaine ... Mrs. Freddie
Henry Shapiro ... Robbery Victim
K.C. ... Pimp
James G. Richardson ... Junkie (as Jim Richardson)
Make Bray ... Junkie
Al Kiggins ... Police
Bob Bonds ... Police
Fred Ottaviano ... Police (as Fred Rolaf)

Alex Stevens ... Police
Harry Manson ... Police
Floyd Levine ... Police
Sig Shore ... Deputy Commissioner (as Mike Richards)
Chris Arnett ... Coke Buyer
Cecil Alonzo ... Militant
Gene Chambers ... Militant
John Williams ... Militant
E. Preston Reddick ... Karate Instructor
Lorraine Horn ... Mother In Apartment
Nick Sands ... Contracted Man
Bob Richards ... Contracted Man
Nita Michaels ... Hooker
Vicki McLaughlin ... Hooker

Curtis Mayfield ... Himself (The Curtis Mayfield Experience)
Henry Gibson ... Himself (The Curtis Mayfield Experience)
Lucky Scott ... Himself (The Curtis Mayfield Experience)
Craig McMullen ... Himself (The Curtis Mayfield Experience)
Tyrone McCullough ... Himself (The Curtis Mayfield Experience)

Directed by
Gordon Parks Jr. 
 
Writing credits
Phillip Fenty (written by)

Produced by
Sig Shore .... producer
Irving Stimler .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Curtis Mayfield 
 
Cinematography by
James Signorelli (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bob Brady 
 
Costume Design by
Nate Adams 
 
Makeup Department
James Farabee .... makeup artist
Walter Fountain .... hair stylist (as Walter Fountaine)
Webster McKnight .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Cecil Alonzo .... assistant production manager
Nolan Constantine .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Candace Allen .... second assistant director
Kurt Baker .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jerry Baker .... boom operator
Bob Brady .... sound effects editor
Harry Lapham .... sound
 
Stunts
Erik Cord .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Harry Madsen .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Alex Stevens .... stunts (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Fernbach .... chief grip
Michael Lesser .... gaffer
Gordon Parks Jr. .... photographer: still sequence
Santiago Perales .... lighting
Minervino Rojas .... camera operator
Robert D. Shulman .... chief electrician (as Bob Shulman)
 
Editorial Department
Fredericka Taylor .... apprentice editor
 
Music Department
Bob Brady .... music editor
Curtis Mayfield .... music arranger
Curtis Mayfield .... orchestrator
Johnny Pate .... conductor
 
Other crew
David Parks .... unit publicist
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Super Fly" - Canada (English title) (imdb display title)
"Суперфлай" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"El último golpe" - Peru (imdb display title)
"El mercader del vicio" - Colombia (imdb display title)
"I symmoria me ti hrysi Cadillac" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Odlot" - Poland
"Sûpâfurai" - Japan (imdb display title)
"Superfly" - West Germany
"Superfly" - Romania (imdb display title)
"Superfly - alamaailman kuningas" - Finland
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Runtime:
93 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R (re-rating on appeal) (1973) | Australia:RC (original rating) (1972) | Canada:14A | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (1988) | USA:R
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The car that Priest drives is a 1972 Cadillac Eldorado with a Rolls Royce Grill.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The number of men attacking Priest in the final fight scene varies from shot to shot, though, from the angles used, there should be a consistent number.See more »
Quotes:
Coke Buyer:[snorts some cocaine] You always got some super fly sh*t. How much you got?
Youngblood Priest:More than you need.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Bill (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
PushermanSee more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
CLASSIC Black Cinema, 25 March 2006
Author: aldrears1 from Minneapolis, MN

First this must be corrected. Superfly was directed by Gordon Parks Jr, not his father, Gordon Parks. Gordon Parks(who I had the pleasure of meeting) directed SHAFT! I wish the moderators of IMDb.com would more closely monitor these post-I visit the site regularly and rely on the information given as fact. Please IMDb, check the accuracy of the post, especially since you have the information on Gordon Parks here.

That being said, what makes Superfly such a great film are its imperfections-the editing, some of the spotty acting. It reads like a documentary in some ways. But the main performance of Ron O'Neal is one of the best the cinema has ever witnessed. He truly captured the paradox of Priest wanting to get out of the drug game by making one last drug deal. An Anti-hero, sure, but he knew he had to leave this lifestyle. That being said, I must say the opening scene where Priest is cruising up Park Avenue while "Freddie's Dead" is playing is extremely cool.

The Soundtrack! There are very few movies in which the Soundtrack not only propels the story forward, but also refutes any glorification of the drug lifestyle. The soundtrack serves to tell a counter-story, which works absolutely brilliantly. Curtis Mayfield is very important to me-a genius, a visionary, a humanitarian, and no one could have done a better job.

I have a cultural affinity for this film-maybe because I'm a black man, but I recommend it to all comers.

All of the main principles behind Superfly...Curtis Mayfield, Gordon Parks Jr. Ron O'Neal, Carl Lee, Charles McGregor, have all passed away. I'm so happy they were all a part of this classic piece of Cinema. The Statement that is made by this film warrants repeated viewing and consideration.

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