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Which Way is Up? (1977)

Richard Pryor , Margaret Avery , Michael Schultz  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Pryor, Margaret Avery, Lonette McKee, Morgan Woodward, Marilyn Coleman
  • Directors: Michael Schultz
  • Writers: Carl Gottlieb, Cecil Brown
  • Producers: Steve Krantz
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2002
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063UR4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,335 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Which Way is Up?" on IMDb

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Richard Pryor plays three roles - a beleaguered, sex-starved farm worker named Leroy Jones; the farm worker's randy old father Rufus; and the hypocritical town preacher Rev. Lenox Thomas - and Pryor has never been so outrageously funny. The lives and love lives of these three men cross and crisscross as Leroy tries to get his life back on track. The fun kicks into high gear when Leroy moves from labor to management. He tries to juggle his wife and his girlfriend, but the only peace he can find is in the arms of the Reverend's wife! It's a case of too many women and too little time. No wonder he doesn't know Which Way Is Up?

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Movies, Bare Bones Treatment February 9, 2006
Format:DVD
As you may know, comedian Richard Pryor passed away in December of 2005 following a massive heart attack. The award winning funnyman had also been suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. On February 7th, Universal released a four movie collection titled The Richard Pryor 4-Movie Collection. Universal re-released Bustin' Loose on DVD last year as part of their Soul Cinema collection, so I was a bit curious as to why this film was being released on DVD again.

The Richard Pryor 4 Movie Collection features the following films-Which Way Is Up, Brewster's Millions, Car Wash, and Bustin' Loose. This is a good collection of Pryor's funnier films. The bad thing about this collection is the bare bones treatment. There is no booklet, there are no new bonus features (as a matter of fact there are no bonus features at all), and there aren't even four discs. The movies are packaged on dual sided discs with two movies on each side of one disc. Each film is presented in anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1).

As for the movies, you may have seen them before on DVD. Which Way Is Up? was released on DVD in the past but has been out of print for awhile. This was one of Pryor's funniest vehicles. In this film he plays three different characters. Many critics have said that Eddie Murphy was inspired by this film because in later films Coming To America, and The Nutty Professor he juggled multiple roles. In this film Pryor stars as three different characters. Pryor stars as Leroy the orange picker, Leroy's father, and he stars as the minister who sexed up Leroy's wife while he was away working. Leroy himself also falls in love with another woman and finds himself juggling relationships.

Car Wash is a classic film with a host of guest stars.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Genius February 8, 2005
Format:DVD
" Which Way Is Up " , has been , and still is one of the funniest movies , that I've seen. From the beginning to the end , it's just down right hilarious. I'm smiling right now , just thinking about certain scenes. The script isn't original , by any means...but Richard Pryor's comedic talents take this film to unprecedented heights of humor. During a period of 1970's film making , when stereotypical images of Blacks , were the norm , this film is highly likely to offend people who are desiring political correctness.However , if you're able to except this film , for what it is .....you'll soon find yourself laughing at every ludricrous scene. I think the genuine qualities, of this film , are that it doesn't try to be something it isn't. It also doesn't attmept to be over-the-top, ridiculous. It simply tells the story of Leroy Jones's ( a young man , who leads a life of stagnant impoverishment), relocation to the big city. Motivated by the prospects of new romance , more money , and the threat of being killed for unknowingly starting a worker's strike ( in his hometown)...Leroy moves.Early and dedicated perfomances by Leonette Mckee ( Sparkle , Jungle Fever , Malcom X , ect ) , Marilyn Coleman ( Menace 2 Society , Looking for Mr. Goodbar, ect. ), and Margaret Avery ( Color Purple ), give this film an inescapable sence of truth. Honestly , if it weren't for the cast's ability to play their characters with an honest sense of seriousness , this film wouldn't be so funny. But that's the key to " Which Way Is Up". And that's why it's still hilarious, today. I highly recommend it and it will remain one of the funniest movies that I've ever seen.The dvd doesn't offer anything , but the ability to skip and choose scenes . However , this film, captures Richard Pryor ( playing three different charactors ) during his comedic prime , and that's well worth the money you'll spend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Richard Pryor Fan March 16, 2007
By Mimieux
Format:DVD
If you like Richard Pryor, you'll love this DVD. Pryor plays three different characters in "Which Way is Up" and every character is a riot! His interaction with the children in "Bustin' Loose will have you in stitches! The only reason this doesn't get five stars is because of "Brewster's Millions", which I did not find quite as funny as the other three movies. Three great and one decent Richard Pryor movies all on one DVD---you can't beat it for the price.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pryor at his gut-busting best August 31, 2004
Format:DVD
He's an liar, and old man, a womanizer, a preacher, a husband, a lover and he's at the top of his game in every single one of them. RIchard Pryor was never the same after making "Which Way Is Up?" No doubt, producers saw this talent and decided to match him up with has-beens like Gene Wilder (Stir Crazy, Silver STreak, Hear no Evil See NO Evil)and gave him a lot of money to reduce his comic genius to slapstick and buffoonery instead of one lighters and facial expressions that have you rolling into the aisles. For instance, in one scene his character has boasted, to his wife (played beautifully by the sexy Marge Avery), that he has a mistress (his wife accused him of being a homosexual because he had not touched her in months). When this normally demure woman hears that, she snaps and uses every kitchen appliance to chase Pryor around the table. As she picks up a knife, the old man (also played by Pryor) is preparing to enter the kitchen just as she throws it. The knife sticks in the door, mere inches from the old man's head, and he shouts, "The bitch done gon' berserk!" This is, by far, one of the funniest parts of the movie.

Richard Pryor is a standout in this movie and not to be missed should be the moral of the story: never sell out or you'll lose everything. Beautiful and black Lonette McKee is outstanding as Pryor's "lady on the side," and the settings are incredibly realistic, from a field of fruitpickers to the understated home, to the manufacturing plant itself. The film is a work of art and a classic. Invite your friends over, open up the Courvoissier and check out "Which Way Is Up?"
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Oldie Goldie
Richard Pryor playing 3 rolls was very unique for those days. Easy to do today but not back then. The Reverend was the best part as he played it well and so true to how it sometime... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Jim A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Which way is up
This has always been my favorite Richard Pryor played play 3 different roles and did an excellent job with each.
Published 19 days ago by James Jackson
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheap Copy
This is a cheap copy and the picture is not that clear. The cover is also a cheap copy of the original movie. Do not order.
Published 1 month ago by David C. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars funny girl
Richard is just plain down right funny in this movie.just funny. Five stars all day in the new day for the older day.
Published 1 month ago by keysha florence
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Pryor movie collection
Richard Pryor has many excellent comedy movies. This particular collection provides one of the best. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard Whitlock
5.0 out of 5 stars "A FOOL"
I laugh every time I watch this movie,all those characters he played,this man is a true "Nut" he knew how to make you laugh,laughter is my key in life,if you can't... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Harriet Beatrice Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man Himself /Smart, Funny, Talented
Richard is the King of Comedy, his movies are classics and will live on forever in our hearts, I'm glad I got the opportunity to grow up in the 70's...
Published 1 month ago by Bernard Hash
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
I loved the Album and it was in GREAT condition, and will recommend it to others as well to purchase from this individual company...
Published 2 months ago by James Stell III
5.0 out of 5 stars RICHARD PRYOR WAS A GENIUS
RICHARD PRYOR THROUGH THIS MOVIE OPENED THE DOOR FOR SO MANY OTHER MOVIES MADE AFTER IT SUCH AS THE REMAKE OF THE NUTTY PROFESSOR, THE KLUMPS, BIG MAMA, BIG MAMA'S HOUSE, AND... Read more
Published 2 months ago by KENNETH A COX JR
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star work!
This movie has classic lines. It is funny from beginning to end! In my opinion this is Richard Pryor's best work.
Published 2 months ago by roslyn marks
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