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Superfly

Ron O'Neal , Carl Lee , Gordon Parks Jr.    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic.... April 29 2004
Format:DVD
This is one of those movies that I absolutely do not lend to my friends because its simply that good. I've had this movie on VHS for the longest time but I do plan to get this on DVD. This is simply one of the best movies that I have ever watched!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars R.I.P to Ron O'Neal& this film is tight March 28 2004
Format:DVD
the film&the Soundtrack are timeless.Curtis Mayfield matches the Films Intensity.this Film has alot of action&Breaks things down.the Commentary here is Top Notch&Right On. this is a Classic Flim&Much Props to shelia Frazier.Props to the Whole Cast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Film&soundtrack with Messages March 22 2004
Format:DVD
R.I.P Brother Ron O'Neal. what can i say about this film? it's timeless that deals with the Street Hustle,funny time Police officers,&everything else in between.does this not sound like 2004?hard to believe this was 1972 because many of the same issues in this film sound so familiar in this time period we are in.Shelia Frazier is So Fine She makes a Brother pull a Fred G.Sanford on the Spot.I dug the Realness&the constant Messages of the Film.Between what Priest was dealing with&the Genius Sounds of Curtis Mayfield pulsing through each frame you got the big picture&what was going down.Commentary was on Point&the cool thing about this film is that unlike so many films that have big budgets this film does so much with less&makes you think&then you understand so much more. Props to the Entire Crew&Cast on this Gem.
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4.0 out of 5 stars He's got a plan to stick it to The Man! March 18 2004
Format:DVD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars THANK GOD FOR THE '70S Feb. 24 2004
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Format:DVD
This movie is kung-fu funkadelic fun.
Unless you really DIG a giant Cadillac with curb-feelers, monster-fur dash and purple detail, the funk of this movie will be lost on you. The film takes itself very seriously. In a way, it was like watching a day in the life of Prince before PURPLE RAIN.
God, I loved the 70's.
mike
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4.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY! Feb. 4 2004
Format:DVD
Finally, Super Fly is on DVD. The wait has been agonizing, but now it's finally here. My only problem with it is that Warner Bros.-- again --used the Super Cheesy cardboard DVD snap case instead of the plastic ones that everybody else uses now. That minor flaw aside, this is a great movie that should've been on DVD years ago.
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4.0 out of 5 stars he wants out of the life Feb. 3 2004
Format:DVD
Superfly has a reputation as one of the great blaxploitation films, along with Shaft, Coffy, and Foxy Brown. Years after watching the others, I finally get around to seeing Superfly.
Superfly is about Youngblood Priest, a drug dealer and one of the baddest, most authentically black cats in all the city. He has it good with his women, the money, his wheels, and he has the respect of the other dealers and underworld figures. Despite all this success, Priest desperately wants to move out of the criminal life. He figures one last score will get him out.
I expected more comedy. Perhaps seeing Ron O'Neal in that outrageous pimp suit on the DVD cover prepared me for a lighter, breezier flick. I also expected more action. Superfly has almost no action. Superfly attempts a thoroughly realistic portrayal of a drug dealer surviving, thriving, and trying to snake his way out of the business. O'Neal's performance is a job well done, and supporting players deserve credit as well.
Gordon Parks Jr. directed, and while his work is not masterful, it serves the performers and setting well.
Superfly deserves its reputation as a landmark blaxploitation flick, and it's surely worth 90 minutes of your time. Just don't start the movie expecting a lot of action or comedy. Superfly is a lowdown nasty drama about the hard life.
Also, the DVD includes some extras. Best of these is a commentary by Dr. Todd Boyd, whose knowledge of the film and time period is evident. Dr. Boyd's insights into the ghetto culture of the early and mid 1970s and African-American life there are valuable and exceptional.
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