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Super Fly (DVD)
Documentary: "One Last Deal: A Retrospective" Featurette: Making-Of Interviews: with Curtis Mayfield (audio only)
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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).Read more ›
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.
this was one of my favorite top 10. Lots of people will say "Shaft"
but main title only and after that the film goes flat for me. This
film has always remained a rougue in the Blax genre because of it's
subject matter. The anti-heroic pimp, (Ron o'Neal) out to make his
last score his biggest before retiring was still a taboo subject
for that era and was an untimely coffin nail for Black films to
come This is by no means to be an entertainment film nor should
it be as a message film but it be reconized as a gothic testamonial to modern day noir and still holds it's own as prime example of supreme 70's film making.
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This is one of those movies that I absolutely do not lend to my friends because its simply that good. Read morePublished on April 28 2004 by R. Evans
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. Read morePublished on March 27 2004 by MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD
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. Read more
Superfly is widely recognized as being arguably the best film of its genre, and having one of, if not the greatest, film soundtracks of all time -- and yet, Warner Bros. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2004
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004 by Fats Crappernappy
first off i cannot believe it took me thirty three years of existence to finally see this great film,not only is it the xxxx,it made me wish i was black,this movie is a must have... Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2004 by lucifer
Tough badass brotha takin no flack and layin it down real heavy. Stone groove of a movie. Plus you got Mr. Mayfield layin the funky beats in the background. Pusherman? Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by Sh'awnne Jefferson
I WAS SO SORRY TO HEAR RON PASSED AWAY THIS MONTH OF CANCER!
I KNOW HOW THAT SICKNESS CAN TAKE LIVES!
MY FATHER DIED OF CANCER! Read more
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