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Superfly [VHS] (1972)

Ron O'Neal , Carl Lee , Gordon Parks Jr.  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ron O'Neal, Carl Lee, Sheila Frazier, Julius Harris, Charles McGregor
  • Directors: Gordon Parks Jr.
  • Writers: Phillip Fenty
  • Producers: Irving Stimler, Sig Shore
  • Format: Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: March 5, 1996
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300269167
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,376 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The pinnacle of blaxploitation movies, the 1972 Superfly stars Ron O'Neal as a drug dealer who wants out of the business but decides to take out some enemies in the process. With its criminal hero, one might almost think this could be an existential crime movie, but no...it's really just an effective piece of pulp with a strong performance by O'Neal, grim settings, cool direction by Gordon Parks Jr., and a famous soundtrack by Curtis Mayfield. --Tom Keogh

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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
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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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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
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Published 1 day ago by Pauline Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 4 days ago by sunshine
5.0 out of 5 stars old school
I wanted to add this movie to my collection, it was great back in the 70's and it is still great now
Published 12 days ago by the smoothog
1.0 out of 5 stars i received a dvd of Superfly but the Disc is missing!!!! what the...
i am very disappointed when i received a DVD but the disc was missing and i was shocked i need an apology
Published 24 days ago by DeathNeff
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRUE CLASSIC
TRON O'NEAL, AS PRIEST THE DRUG DEALER, BOUGHT SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO HIS CHARACTER; MAKING HIM HUMAN YET STILL THUGGED. Read more
Published 26 days ago by ROSS SINGLETARY
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT !!!!!
LOVED RON ONEAL AS SUPERFLY, GREAT IN THIS MOVIE, SOME ACTION, I DID LIKE THE CLOTHES THAT SUPER FLY WAS WEARING, ALTHOUGH QUITE SLIME , RON WAS VERY HANDSOME, HE PLAYED HIS ROLE... Read more
Published 26 days ago by BEVERLY TAYLOR
2.0 out of 5 stars It was what I ordered
Superfly is a movie I watched as a teenager and seeing it now takes me back. I didn't realize this was was edited which was disappointing.
Published 1 month ago by Burnette Banks
3.0 out of 5 stars super fly
At the time it use to be top notch but as years go by its kind of Grade c, Storyline is ok but wouldn't rent it again
Published 1 month ago by claire's dance
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER FLY - GROWING UP!
GREW UP IN THIS ERA OF DOING WHAT YOU HAD TO DO, BUT ALWAYS WANTING SOMETHING BETTER. THIS MOVIE REVEALS HOW YOU CAN GET OUT OF A BAD SITUATION.
Published 2 months ago by Audrey E. Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars superfly
Must be honest and say I have watched this movie yet. I am old school and love the old movies that made sense to me when I was growing up. Read more
Published 2 months ago by crystal anderson
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