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Willie Dynamite (1974)

Roscoe Orman , Diana Sands , III Gilbert Moses  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Roscoe Orman, Diana Sands, Thalmus Rasulala
  • Directors: III Gilbert Moses
  • Writers: Ron Cutler
  • Producers: Richard Zanuck, David Brown
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: 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: January 11, 2005
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006FYOX8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,979 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Willie Dynamite" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

Roscoe Orman is Willie Dynamite, the flashy and arrogant street pimp who ruthlessly tries to apply capitalist principles to his own prostitution ring. But Willie's grand plans are challenged by competing pimps and corrupt cops who work together to shut him down. As Willie's world begins to crumble, Cora, a determined woman from his past, returns to try and rescue his girls from a future on the streets. Now with pressure mounting and time running out, Cora forces Willie to look at his life and decide whether he wants to go out in a blaze of glory or try and turn his life around.

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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Over The Top Acting, Outrageous Pimp Gear February 12, 2001
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Willie's Pimp gear and fashions in this film are so outrageous, and the way he deals with sort of being the modern day Job of the hustler world with everyone from the man, the system, rival pimps, the parking authority (who seem to be towing his car in every scene), a social worker, the neighborhood youth and even his you-know-watches comin' down on him makes this film very watchable... even though in many ways its sort of the Plan 9 from Outter Space of the black action genre (by that I mean RIDICULOUS.) - - At one point I actually thought Willie was going to find Jesus at the end and it was going to turn out to be some church financed films... things really got ridiculous... but yes, it does have a positive ending and a message too ! ! !
There are some other things too that set it apart from other films of the era, including the injections at times of Dolemite style humor, including Willie's revenge on a rival gangster by stripping him of his threads down to his shoelaces and leaving him in his birthday suit down by the waterfront, and in general the behaviour of the white lodge members at the hotel, who during a knife fight between two rival groups of prostitutes seem to be able to say little than, "Yes, please !" and "Thank you, Ma'am" in the backround for no reason whatsoever. And I agree, the the film is definitely almost cartoonish at times... very interestingly cut... really has the feel of those early '70s America International films.
Overall, whether you'd award this one best of the genre (in many ways it does rival the Mack) or feel it deserves a Golden Turkey Award, I'd have to say, it is an entertaining watch by any standard... Somebody tell me where that guy got his threads.. especially the green suit on the cover ! ! !
(P.S. Funky, though sparse soundtrack by the late great J.J. Johnson ! ! ! )
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Willie is Dynamite March 10, 2002
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The best Blaxploitation and fictional pimp narrative I've ever seen. Of course, that's all terribly relative to the genre and time period. A "good" Blaxploitation film means it has a solid ENOUGH storyline and that the producers spent a little money on it to make it seem like an actual film. This one scores high on both counts, and you find yourself trying to figure out what could possibly happen next. And for a film made in 1973, it's surprisingly fresh.
The story starts off with our anti-hero, Willie Dynamite (who was the bald Black guy on Sesame Street. You'll never look at Oscar the Grouch the same again) under seige from all sides, as he is set upon by an old flame-turned-social worker, the cops, and a wickedly funny pimp named "Bell" (played by Roger Robinson) who wants to take Willie's dynamite hoes because he won't join the newly formed pimp organized front.
And my God, the outfits.
Willie sports some of the most outlandish stuff you've ever seen, and when he walks down a set of courthouse stairs, prepare to be rewinding the tape a few times.
To top it all off, it has a moralty play woven throughout that you both admire and despise: you dig it because it's cool to have a movie from that time with a moral, but without being preachy; you despise it because it can only mean the end of Willie, who, despite his lifestyle, you come to like. Or maybe it's the white fez with triple tassles. I'm not sure.
But while Willie is great, the character to watch for is Bell, who steals every scene he's in. He's the cat that does the speech that's clipped into "American Pimp" about vision, and it's even funnier when you have it in context.
A well-done farce that pushes all the right buttons, and a perfect movie to watch with a bunch of your wacky friends or REALLY cool family.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising Blaxploitation Flick--Ahead of its Time February 13, 2005
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As any fan of the genre knows, Blaxploitation flicks were all about Black empowerment and stickin' it to The Man; however, this often lead to movies about protagonists that were less than savory. Superfly brings us the noble drug pusher; The Mack and Dolemite try to sell the notion of heroic pimp--certainly, the phrase "mixed messages" comes to mind. Willie Dynamite goes the atypical route of showing our flesh-peddling protagonist as a rather dispicable sort, and illustrates the horrible effects of the pimp game on his family, his stable of prostitutes, and his own fortunes. Just as surprising are the film's "villains," as instead of the usual crooked cops, the antagonists are actually in the right. One is a lady social worker (and former streetwalker) who truly wants what's best for Willie's girls, and the other is indeed a police officer, but instead of being a fat, corrupt white guy, he's an angry young Black man who's brimming with righteous indignation at how Willie enslaves womenfolk of his own ethnicity.

Powerful stuff, and completely unheard of in the Blaxploitation ouvre. Add in plenty of over-the-top camp, such as outlandish dialogue and Willie's even more outlandish pimp vines (that means "clothing" for all you Honkies), and you have a unique film that's a must-see for those Down with the Brown.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Way better than the Mack February 14, 2006
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Everybody gives the Mack and Dolemite Props but personaly I think the Mack was weak and Dolemite outright sucks. Willie actually has a real story. It doesn't over glamourize being a pimp...in fact it shows why you shouldn't be in that lifestyle. Another thing that sets this movie apart is that the characters are not as stereotypical as people seem to think. Willie is not portrayed as a ghetto superhero he is just a pimp that is getting over. The cops aren't the typical racist you find in most "blaxploitation" movies. They don't hate Willie because he is a black man making money...they hate him because once he uses up his women he discards them like you would do anything thats used up and disposible. In the end Willie doesn't get back at the man or get one last score but his selfish ways actually take an emotional and physical toll on him. Worth checkin' out. Not as cartoonish as other people have said. I'll admit that some of Willie's cloths seem over the top but pimps in the 70's actually wore that stuff look at American Pimp (Don Magic Juan) if you don't believe me. That aside...this is really one of the better movies from the so called blaxploitation era and if you give this movie an honest chance and if you can forget that Willie is played by Gordon from Seaseme street then you'll find that there is a real movie here. Not to mention that the soundtrack is banging!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Old classic movie with plot set in urban life. The youth should not be glamorized and enticed with this lifestyle. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marshalette R. Wise
5.0 out of 5 stars Willie Dynamite
I bought this for someone, and he was very pleased with the movie. He was extremely happy about the movie.
Published 6 months ago by Resa
4.0 out of 5 stars classic..
If you do not have it already i recommend you get it a must have in your collection.It will make your collection complete..
Published 17 months ago by Keith Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blueprint
Willie Dynamite, what can I say, he's the man. One of the original players. The story is awesome. plus who can resist see Gordon from sesame street play a pimp.
Published 17 months ago by V-REAL'910
1.0 out of 5 stars How can any one praise this terrible movie???
This is the worst of the pimp blaxplotation genre I ever watched. This guy dresses like a peacock plus, he's a popcorn pimp. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Alpha Man
4.0 out of 5 stars sweet
This movie may have the typical theory of life in the streets but it has a very good story line in the end, unexpected ending but a great one.
Published 17 months ago by Teresa Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Willie Dynamite was Dynamite
I love this movie and my expectations were met all around from shipment to show time....You will definitely enjoy the "dramatic" over acting. This is my one of my favorites.
Published 22 months ago by Mbrown
5.0 out of 5 stars great under appreciated film
great film. terrific acting by the late diana sands and rosoce orman of sesame street. there is a pimp philosophy made much clearer than in the mack. Read more
Published on January 26, 2011 by Richard C. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars What A Cult B Movie Classic!!!
I saw this movie years ago on the station USA when they had weird movies on all night..it was called "USA...Up All Night" and this movie happened to be on. Read more
Published on November 27, 2009 by kitten
5.0 out of 5 stars Willie is Dynamite!!!!!!!!!
Coming up in the 70's myself, it really hit home for me. I came up in Third Ward, one of the urban areas of Houston, Texas. And let me tell you that Mr. Read more
Published on October 28, 2008 by Jonathan F. Billard
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