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Superfly (1972) (2004)

Ron O'Neal , Shelia Frazier , Gordon Parks Jr.  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ron O'Neal, Shelia Frazier, Carl Lee
  • Directors: Gordon Parks Jr.
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000TWMT8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,531 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Superfly (1972)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All new documentary "One Last Deal: A Retrospective"
  • Commentary by Dr. Todd Boyd, USC professor of cinema and television and author if "Am I Black Enough for You: Popular Culture from the 'Hood and Beyond"
  • Vintage featurette
  • Ron O'Neal on the making of "Superfly"
  • Costume designer Nate Adams goes goes "Behind the Threads"
  • Audio only bonus: Curtis Mayfield on "Superfly"

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From the Back Cover

Priest is a prince of the streets, a charismatic businessman who wants out of cocaine-dealing. But a mysterious kingpin doesn't want Priest to change his ways. And that triggers murder, revenge and double-crosses that push Priest into a corner--and heat the neighborhood to a flashpoint.

"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 in the smart, streetwise box office success about a pusher who tries to make one last killer deal before kicking the business. Featuring a hit Curtis Mayfield score. Year: 1972 Director: Gordon Parks, Jr. Starring: Ron O'Neal, Carl Lee, Julius W. Harris

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He's got a plan to stick it to The Man! March 18, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Superfly (1972) is a tough, unpolished gem rising above the numerous films to come from the blaxploitation period of the early 70's. While some are critical of the message they believe posed within the film, one of glamorizing the image of the drug dealer, I didn't really see it that way at all. I think this image presented was a superficial one, and one that the main character within the film saw and understood, prompting his actions and decisions to try and escape the life.

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).
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Jenks
Format:DVD
I was born in the 70's but it was only recently (a couple of days ago) that I saw the film Superfly. A film about a drug dealer who wants to retire from the cocaine business because he sees its fatalism. I guess I must have bought into the negativity of those who condemned the film for its perceived glorification of street life. In reality, I didn't even know what the film was about, I simply discounted it as just another blaxploitation that would be filled with over the top characters and bad acting. But Superfly was none of what I expected. It's social commentary speaks to the hopelessness of such a life style and if anything offers an anti-drug message. It also speaks to what society tells us to revere-money, homes, cars-the American Dream. Unfortunately, people could not see beyond the flashy clothes and the melodic musical score, which serves as the narrator, and controversy to capture the real message of the film. It is also unfortunate that the late Ron O'Neal's mesmerizing and brilliant performance as Priest was somewhat overshadowed by the film's controversy-namely, a drug dealer as hero. Ron O'Neal was a victim of what happens to most actors who have monumental success on a film-oftentimes they are typecast and then resigned to film and television roles that are beneath their talent and ability-it happens to the best of actors and the worst. Had he been an actor just starting out in present times, with his exotic, smoldering good looks and immense talent and intensity, he would have become world renown and Oscar nominated and perhaps an Oscar winner. He was definitely underrated and a man ahead of his time.

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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superfly is the Bomb X 2! December 14, 2000
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Superfly, starring Ron O'Neal, Carl Lee, and Sheila Frazier is one of the greatest films ever made in the 70's Black film genre. It is a ghetto drama set to the music of the late great Curtis Mayfield - an excellent soundtrack that brilliantly narrates the film and compells you to contemplate the ins & outs of innercity blues; the challenges Vs. Options or lack thereof. This movie is hitting from beginning to end and though often dismissed as blaxploitation, it's strong messages of changing ones predicament, allows it to escape this criticism. Ron O'Neal portrays a drug dealer by the name of Priest with the baddest vines, cars, and plenty of women. He decides that there is more to life than this. With the help of his main squeeze Georgie,he stages one last score to get out of the game despite strong opposition from his partner and other shady individuals that rely on his thriving drug business. Will he make it out? Buy the film and see for yourself! I own a copy on VHS but I'm hoping and praying that Warner Bros. will stop sleeping on this gem and release it on DVD!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freddys Dead! April 4, 2005
By BLEEKER
Format:DVD
I recently decided to buy it having never seen the movie. Although I heard all about it. I have to say this one of the BEST dvds I own! It's down and dirty, big attitude flick that just exudes style. This film has it all... pimps, hustlers, big cars, fedoras, fur coats, nude women, and dont forget the music! The soundtrack is a perfect fit. I love the authentic feel of the whole thing. The film grain and the mono soundtrack help to establish that. The commetary is right on the money as well. The other extras are nice too. GET THIS!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Oldschool movies are the best
Published 7 days ago by cj6603
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
sound track was fantastic acting was a bit dusty
Published 10 days ago by scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The copy was very clear and in good condition.
Published 24 days ago by Donna Teague
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Epic and a must see for true Blaxploitation fans!
Published 26 days ago by pamela prudhomme
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always liked this movie.
Published 28 days ago by Anna Puller
1.0 out of 5 stars Feel good movie for ghetto trash
Feel good movie for ghetto trash. Glorifies drug use and drug dealing and a hatred for the "man"..aka white people. 70's liberal BS at it's best. Superfly this...
Published 28 days ago by Richard Spinale
4.0 out of 5 stars Back in the day this was the thing. Gritty ...
Back in the day this was the thing. Gritty, entertaining and able to overcome some obvious low budget limitations. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mawkeybird
5.0 out of 5 stars Superfly Still FLY
I saw this back in the Eighties I remember many high boys would try dress like Superfly. I had to see it again Movies back then were crud 20 yrs ago real junk but then HOT HOT. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Debra Kirktindoll
5.0 out of 5 stars He was kinda like a pimped-out version of John Shaft
"Superfly." 'You're gonna make your fortune, by and by." "But if you lose, don't ask no questions why." "The only game you know, is do or die. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fresh S-1
5.0 out of 5 stars ... when it was first released in theaters and still love it just as...
i saw this movie when it was first released in theaters and still love it just as much. the lack of floss and gloss in the inexpensive filming gives the movie the feeling of a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by irene46
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