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"Superfly" is one of the most enduring streetwise films of its era, due to the dynamic central performance of Ron O'Neal ("Red Dawn," "Original Gangstas"), the sizzling score by Curtis Mayfield and the gritty direction of the late Gordon Parks, Jr. ("Three the Hard Way," "Aaron Loves Angela"). "Superfly" is super entertainment with an indelible message. It's life on the edge, put together by talents who know just how sharp it can get.
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Ron O'Neal, who recently passed away on January 14, 2004, plays Priest, a streetwise pusher in a dilemma. Seems he is tired of the hustle, and is looking for a way to get out of the game, but, as his partner Eddie (Carl Lee) puts it, "Look, I know it's a rotten game, but it's the only one The Man left us to play." Apparently Priest has thought long about this, and he has come up with a plan to score a lot of cash in a short amount of time, and then plans to retire. Sounds like a plan, but Priest soon encounters powerful forces that feel he is worth more to them on the streets, pushing junk, doing what he does best. While the film does appear to glamorize the lifestyle of the drug peddler, I truly believe the underlying message was than despite all Priests' success, he was languishing in a form of slavery, always working for someone else and taking all the risks involved in such a trade. In a way he realized this, but found it difficult to leave the life, as that was all he knew, and working for 'chump change' was not in his future.
Gordon Parks, Jr. direction may seem amateurish with jerky camera shots and such, but it fit in nicely with the nature of the material within the film, giving a raw, harsh look into the seedy side of life, much like Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets (1973).Read more ›
Although obviously low budget, Superfly IS a very good film. Curtis Mayfield's haunting soundtrack coupled with Ron O'Neal's hypnotic performance definitely makes this a must see film. And although it is included in the blaxploitation genre, Superfly is a film that deserves to stand on its own.
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Love this 70 s movie my ex.husband played a small part n the movie he wored the long black leather coat large afro wonderful moviePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I just watched Super Fly again last night 2/06/2016. I was blown away. One of the few films that I increasingly enjoy - gets better with time! Read morePublished 1 month ago by buzzardbreadth
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