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Super Fly (1972)

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Summary: Super Fly is a cocaine dealer who begins to realize that his life will soon end with either prison or his death... (imdb)

Genres: Drama, Crime, Action

Country: USA

Directed By: Gordon Parks Jr.

Written By: Phillip Fenty

Starring: Julius Harris, Ron O'Neal, Carl Lee, Sheila Frazier, Charles McGregor, Nate Adams, Curtis Mayfield

AKA: Superfly

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Super Fly belongs to 20 collections
1. 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (public: moderated by kozan26 - 160 stars)
2. The Guardian's 1000 films to see before you die (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 23 stars)
3. Blaxploitation (public: moderated by Spunkie - 3 stars)
4. Black Cinema (public: moderated by Pickpocket - 3 stars)
5. The Films Mentioned In American Grindhouse (2010) (public: moderated by Coheed - 1 star)
6. Pre-Guiliani New York (public: moderated by mattburgess - 1 star)
7. Blaxploitation (public: moderated by ForrestQ)
8. Slate: The Black Film Canon (public: moderated by trippingly)
9. Coheed's Celluloid Pit (private: Coheed)
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Deaths
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Barkinson
30T2
AJD612
77T5
pboyle
40T2
adidawha adidawha
60T3
unohav1 unohav_1
65T3
Great music, that's about it.
thirdeye42
67T3
debaser1985
63T3
tinythedogg tinythedogg
70T7
Not too much of a story, but Ron O'Neal was great as Priest. I really enjoyed the soundtrack and I love how towards the end of the movie felt like I was watching a heist movie. So it was a good set up to an excellent ending. The music was great too. But on the negative side, the last fight was choreographed so badly. That was one of the worst fight scenes I had ever seen in a movie.
ribtin
75T8
10kfilms
40T4
nosmalldream
83T8
Parallax Parallax
72T3
LunaticC NBD Rab
70T3
lyrradsemaj lyrradsemaj
80T8
bernardobrum bernardobrum
78T5
imdb imdb
62T5
burnmp3s burnmp3s
87T9
Prismatic Prismatic
80T6
Frosty Frosty
60T5
Plenty of things are Superfly in this movie; the car, the suit, the character, the soundtrack. Unfortunately the plot isn't so much Superfly as superslow. That said when things finally do pick up around the photo montage sequence it's not a bad movie.
henrique_b
80T5
TroyAnderson
70T7
PlasticSoul
72T6
graveyardtan graveyardtan
75T5
The soundtrack is better than the movie, but the movie is still a pretty solid entry in the blacksploitation pantheon.
buser333 buser333
65T8
AmitUK
90T10
maddaddy maddaddy
95T9
nilkynarfy nilkynarfy
75T7
The movie's decent enough on its own, Priest is a terribly interesting terrible person and it's all nice and voyeuristic following him around, but the politically charged rock n' soul soundtrack album by Curtis Mayfield is what's essential here.
Hangarl
20T1
soybomb42
87T8
joachimt joachimt
70T6
Meowfresh Meowfresh
89T8
TonyKB
80T7
AICHEG AICHE
74T6
McCorpse
73T5
not the best blaxploitation movie out there but it had a lot of cocaine use and bad ass one liners. Was thin on action though.
avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
48T4
macumbalove macumbalove
50T6
KirkJiggler
7T4
sellis
51T3
speakthereal
85T5
rodoki_11
68T4
monoversal monoversal
15T5
borislugosi borislugosi
75T7
Holygrail2
85T4
PSJ PSJ
62T3
WilliamOTyle
50T3
babaracus babaracus
8T7
Dufftone
65T3
Danny74 Danny74
84T6
NRM02
46T3
porzano porzano
48T4
Strive Strive
64T3
Kojiless Kojiless
38T4
You'd think from a movie on which so many mediocre R&B units based their names, Super Fly would be a much better flick. What we have instead is a jumble of poorly executed ideas and terrible acting that make other blacksploitation movies of the era look like Citizen Kane. Buy the album, borrow the name, scan the poster, but save 2 hours of your life and avoid the film.
drillakiller
50T3
CRAYON CRAYON
75T4
chemical404 chemical404
38T3
Once you get over how awesome Priest and his chest-hair are the film gets dull and tedious. Script is hardly worth the paper it was written on. The filmmaking here is highly experimental, but amateurish. Score nails it really hard though. You dig?
bensonmum2
80T9
stzrules stzrules
80T6
MikiRurk_STG
56T3
Ella May
60T3
Tough to rate this one, because it was funny and enjoyable to watch in a campy way, but clearly this is NOT a good movie. Great music of course.
Cerebrus Cerebrus
60T5
TRobertson
60T7
Cronos
50T5
Mike_V
75T5
natebarrios natebarrios
85T9
nuotio
53T5
Barometer
75T6
willow
65T5
balvares balvares
60T7
Lanhia
59T2
filmaffinity filmaffinity
62T6
carpediem carpediem
84T6
Nolanar
36T4
svenerik svenerik
70T4
hectachrome
90T7
Dunstan_xxx Dunstan-xxx
52T3
IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
63T3
matheusc matheusc
84T5
notchicago
80T8
mcf1989
40T1
zydernine
60T4
themadelf66 themadelf66
74T6
CloseFriend CloseFriend
77T7
spacekraken spacekraken
89T8
MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
31T4
sweetsin0r sweetsin0r
75T5
Gigglestick
50T4
If 'Foxy Brown' simply follows the blaxploitation formula, 'Superfly' surely created it. Still, this movie is pretty good. Ron O'Neal is a trip from start to finish with his unflinching seriousness about getting out of the life with a million in cash..."the big ONE!" Hey, if nothing else, you've got the Curtis Mayfield-produced soundtrack which is quite possibly the most complete suite of music from any of the films in this genre. The soundtrack is a classic, even if the movie isn't.
ThirdAct
60T8
lineuphere lineuphere
55T3
kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
45T3
pyrosexual pyrosexual
85T8
Leland Leland
70T4
Great OST.
eveelun eveelun
67T4
RavynLoony
42T4
paparatto
60T4
Alphaville Alphaville
55T6
Luk92 Luk92
55T3
MadMan MadMan
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avb avb
45T2
nrm4
55T4
cinemahell cinema_hell
67T3
losrasputin losrasputin
40T1
Mohko Mohko
70T7
mattorama12 mattorama12
63T5
It's interesting as a Blaxsploitation film because it recognizes the duality of the criminal lifestyle. It shows the lavish lifestyle without necessarily celebrating it, and it shows the crippling effects of drugs without necessarily condemning Priest for peddling them. That said, it never reaches its potential because of poor pacing and a general lack of filmmaking skill. I should add that the Curtis Mayfield soundtrack is amazing.
TheDenizen TheDenizen
75T8
Blaxploitation classic about Priest, a pimp and coke dealer looking to make one big score so he can retire from his criminal life. In his desperation to make the deal happen, he gets even more deeply involved with a bunch of crooked cops. Priest is not a nice guy, but he plays his cards right and sticks it to the man. Hilarious jive talk, giant pimp hats, and the super funky soundtrack by Curtis Mayfield is simply awesome.
ninjamonkey ninjamonkey
62T4
Mattsdmf
73T5
Deadmarsh Deadmarsh
50T2
DigiDan DigiDan
87T8
MrBialas
10T10
TheDiceman TheDiceman
55T5
Good film.
Ronin21
72T5
Hadleyreis Hadleyreis
82T8
HVM
60T4
DalenQuaice Dalen_Quaice
40T4
Travisbickle Travisbickle
85T6
peekingpanda peekingpanda
35T4
Kowry Kowry
20T4
I'm not a big blaxploitation fan, but I liked this. Not a spectacular film, but a well filmed and enjoyable one (review written a year after I saw it, so the details are somewhat blurry).
Lonewolf2003
70T4
ladyspiggott ladyspiggott
95T10
t-h-o-r
75T6
electriccafe electriccafe
60T5
LosWochos
86T3
LetsGoEatHuh LetsGoEatHuh
45T4
Luna6ix Luna6ix
67T2
as one of the most famous blaxploitation movies around i figured this one would be good, but it's not. there are better blaxploitation movies out there, and even those ones aren't that great. i'll give it that it has some pretty funky music, anyone can appreciate that.
timoA timoA
88T7
zetes
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zopz zopz
68T5
fatalfred
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badjuice bad_juice
15T1
Danilolopes Danilolopes
79T6
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65T4
comanchex
72T5
jackinthebox jackinthebox
60T4
xxx
85T3
derZONK
30T1
tonydal tonydal
75T6
Nice and gritty, with a raspy real-time atmosphere, but pretty slight in the plot department. Curtis Mayfield actually does make an appearance in the film...but we don't get to hear "Freddie's Dead" (only a small instrumental excerpt). But seriously though, "The Curtis Mayfield Experience"?--that was a little hard to swallow ("move over, Rover, and let Curtis take over").
ferguson
50T2
pavementSAW pavementSAW
78T4
forehead1
40T3
PekkaVaino
51T2
sidehacker sidehacker
43T2
Interesting as a commentary on Hollywood's limited roles for black actors ("this is the only game the man left us") but still, this is really boring. Basically all of the calculated attempts at cool are the same thing I rolled my eyes at with Tarantino. At least, there's sort of an amateurish/campy charm here that feels genuine. The sex scene is sort of good, I guess. That's it, sorry.
Sheldrake Sheldrake
40T3
FitFortDanga MartinTeller
58T2
BullyFanatic
82T6
Barthalen Barthalen
70T6
A much slower, down-to-earth entry in the blacksploitation genre, but I enjoyed it for those reasons. Interesting to have a coke dealer as the main character, and O'Neal manages to make Priest into one of the most... human characters I have seen in this type of film. Too bad it never really peaks and the ending comes quite suddenly, leaving the viewer a bit dissatisfied.
Henrik Henrik
50T3
Jazzaloha
52T2
cncht37 cncht37
6T5
fletch
35T1
Jack_Murphy
34T1
rsyvs
70T4
Henrique1911
85T6
AAAutin AAAutin
47T5
maksler maksler
65T4
CMQuinn CMQuinn
5T3
nnraiden
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CHOICECOD CHOICECOD
76T6
blucthulhu
50T3
SleepTight
5T1
AceySaid10 AceySaid10%
80T5
Kavu Kavu
62T4
It's really bad but in a somewhat entertaining manner. Except for the score, which is actually good.
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