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Never a dude like this one! He's got a plan to stick it to The Man! See more »
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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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
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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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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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:RC (original rating) | Australia:R (re-rating on appeal) | Canada:14A | Finland:K-16 | France: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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All the music in the movie was done by Curtis Mayfield.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: During the opening foot chase, the camera cord becomes visible several times at the bottom of the screen.See more »
Youngblood Priest:Don't argue with me, man, I'm trying to give you a chance. Now, if you don't get me my money *tonight*, I'm gonna put that young girl of your's out on whore's row.
Fat Freddie:Listen, Priest, that's my wife you're talking about, man.
Youngblood Priest:So what? Now somebody's gonna work tonight, Freddie. You really shouldn'tve f*cked with my money, Freddie.
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A True Black Power Masterpiece, 4 March 2010
Author: main-38 from United States

Rather than sugar coating subject matter and attempting to be politically correct, exploitation films blatantly depicted drug use and violence forcing movie goers into situations they may or may not be comfortable with viewing. Blaxploitation does this just as any other films encompassed in the genre and, unfortunately, has gotten excess criticism from both film critics, advocacy groups and even Civil Rights leaders. Films like Dolemite, Blacula and especially Superfly have been said to further stereotypes, promote violence and generally cast Black culture in a negative light. However, what many fail to see is that movies like Superfly are truly liberating to the culture the film is targeted for and further more, a commentary on social lives of Blacks at the time. Much like H. Rap Brown's, Die N!@@^# Die, Superfly is a commentary of two kinds of African American thought during the late 60s and into the late 70s.

Of the many positions taken in the book, H. Rap Brown argues that there were different kinds of African American mentalities during the Black Power movement. There were those who were ready and willing to fight for change and move away from a society dominated by white ideals and racism. Although, there were also those who were complacent with their lives and unwilling to take any stance against the race who continued to force them into second class lifestyles. These mentalities are clearly stated in Superfly and it is an issue that the protagonist, Priest, struggles with throughout the film. Priest is a streetwise cocaine dealer in the midst of making a life changing decision. Rather than continuing his life dealing drugs, fighting rivals and avoiding the corrupt police he decides to make one final deal and leave the life. The Priest character's archetype is very similar to the second of the two groups mentioned in Brown's book. Often times, African Americans tired of the white controlled system turned to drugs and crime. Rather than trying to better society, they often times made it worse, killing and corrupting others. The Priest, fed up with the white dominated society, had acquired a small wealth selling drugs. Although, after some time of dealing he realizes he is putting both his own life and the lives of other in danger.

It is at this point that Priest becomes some what of a black power symbol, slowly removing himself from his previous lifestyle, liberating himself from his white girlfriend; who is clearly using him for his connections in the drug world, and attempting to cast negative light on the corrupt, drug dealing police officers in power. Priest's partner, Eddie, is his stark opposite in the film. Where Priest attempts to leave his old life, Eddie wants to delve deeper into the world after Priest and Eddie are forced into doing deals for the police. Eddie sees this as an opportunity for more wealth, where Priest knows it is truly a form of modern slavery; where the police are the masters and individuals like Priest and Eddie are the slaves and Priest is not willing to tolerate this abuse.

Curtis Mayfield composed and performed all of the songs featured in the film. The films main song, "Superfly", sums up the issues faced by drug dealers on a day to day basis. The lyrics, "Hard to understand ,what a hell of a man, this cat of the slum, had a mind, wasn't dumb, but a weakness was shown, 'cause his hustle was wrong, his mind was his own, but the man lived alone" illustrate Priest's lifestyle as a hustler with a strong mind. He finally recognizes the wrong doings he has committed and must pull himself up from the streets. Similarly, the song "Pusherman" tackles other inner struggles faced by Priest. Lyrics such as, "been told I can't be nothing' else, just a hustler in spite of myself, I know I can rake it, this life just don't make it" show white America's perceptions of Black Americans who have given up on society. Powerful whites, at the time, felt that there was no retribution for those who committed their lives to crime and drugs. Furthermore, a statement is made that inner city African Americans are never given the chances of whites outside the cities; also a trend in Brown's book. Black youths were often times told that there is nothing for them outside of inner city life. The expectations of those around Priest are to deal drugs, make money and risk their lives. Anyone who tries to leave the life will face scrutiny and they are actually expected to fail.

Overall, Superfly black America's response to white America's perceptions about inner city life. Superfly and the Priest are black America's version of John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson. The film defines ideas proposed by black power figures and does all of this while still incorporating an entertaining and engaging story. The film is also a commentary of the relationships between different groups of African American groups in violent times. It is a story about retribution and exceeding the expectations of both those in power and those around an individual. Using strong black power themes, a once corrupted drug dealer becomes a symbol of black strength and perseverance at a time when racism was at its worst

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