Which Way Is Up? (Widescreen)
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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?
This 1977 American variation on Lina Wertmuller's The Seduction of Mimi, the story of a stupid man's troubles in sex and politics, is a run-of-the-mill Richard Pryor vehicle. Noteworthy only for its casting of two good actresses, Lonette McKee and Margaret Avery, and Pryor's multiple roles as an orange picker, a lecherous old man, and a minister, the film is made without a lot of care or effort to rise to Wertmuller's satiric accomplishment. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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'Recently saw it again and it has lost none of what made me laugh in the first place: Pryor brilliantly handling three roles, wonderful support from Lonette McKee and a marvelous cast of supporting players, a literate script, and an entertaining score, featuring music by Norman Whitfield.
The flick is "kewl".
It is not the scatological and regularly profane Pryor that many people came to know, or the tragic cocaine-addicted Pryor of the late '70's. Also, he is not as cutting in political and social commentary he is later in his career (particularly in his standup). But this is vintage Pryor. Many of the lines of this movie are not just laugh-out-loud funny when heard while viewing the movie, but also when those lines said to any other movie cognoscenti.
Great to finally find this on DVD. A must have.
Which Way Is Up is not only Richard Pryor's greatest masterpiece it is also one of the funniest movies ever made! It's like a cult classic only because the critics never gave Richard his due. Had this been a Robin Williams movie (closest white imitation to Richard) it surely would have been more acceptable and "mainstream" to critics like you I'm sure.
When I first saw this movie in the theater everyone was literally falling out of their seats into the isles laughing so hard to the point of tears, myself included! I've watched this movie many times and I believe the funniest parts occur (no matter which character he plays) during the super quick transitions from anger to fear and vice versa through out the movie.
Richard masterfully plays three roles all of them extremely well. The old man role was great but I thought the preacher was hilarious! He (Richard) did this way back in the 70's when make up and special effects were not "King" as they are now. Many others such as Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence have taken from the master and tried to duplicate this feat but have come up short even with today's technology. In fact, theirs and many others whole careers are based on the comic genius of Richard Pryor.
Even though Richard crossed all racial barriers back in the 70's it's really a shame how deep and unconscious racism really is. The critics outta check themselves.
Richard Pryor had the gift to play multiple characters, and make them all different. Just the look of the old man (Leroy's father), with the fluffy looking hair and eyebrows, he will make you fall out laughing- and this is before you hear him say anything. The "Reverend Lennox Thomas" is another character that will make you think of people like the infamous "Reverend Ike". But it's the sermons that will have you on the floor laughing! Leroy...well...Leroy is a lost man, and everyone around him knows it- all except him!
This is a movie for all those who need a damn good laugh, or need a reminder of why people like Eddie Murphy and Chris Tucker do what they do. Richard is the greatest of all time- this movie proves that!
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Really only wanted one movie but when I saw this Richard Pryor collection which included the one movie I wanted. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Susan Blackburn
This movie is one of my favorites by Richard Pryor and I just truly love it. This is a movie that I can watch over and over again and never get tired of it. Read morePublished on April 11 2004 by A. R SCOTT
I saw this movie for the first time in a theater as a child and laughed histericaly(I'm from New Orleans,kids can do that here,O.K.?). Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2004
One of the funniest movies I ever seen. Pryor is at the top of his game. Still funny even after 26 years.Published on Nov. 12 2003 by Tall Paul
Richard Pryor showcases his verstility in 3 different characters, that is very amusing and thought provoking at the same time. Read morePublished on April 16 2003
This is no doubt the funniest movie of all time. I've watched this movie on movie channels all my life and when I bought it on DVD it was like watching it for the first time. Read morePublished on March 7 2003