Superfly

  • 1972
  • Movie
  • R
  • Action, Crime

This interesting feature is one of the few Hollywood films that takes an honest look at the lives of African-Americans in the ghetto. O'Neal plays a Harlem cocaine pusher whose success (via connections with corrupt police officials) has gained him the respect and envy of the neighborhood. He wants to retire from the business and enjoy the comforts this...read more

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This interesting feature is one of the few Hollywood films that takes an honest look at the lives of African-Americans in the ghetto. O'Neal plays a Harlem cocaine pusher whose success (via connections with corrupt police officials) has gained him the respect and envy of the neighborhood.

He wants to retire from the business and enjoy the comforts this life has brought him, but first he must make one last million-dollar dope deal.

The moral ambiguity of the film may disturb some viewers, but the film smacks of realistic grit throughout. Parks, one of the few blacks to direct in Hollywood, had a real feeling for the Harlem locations and the language of its residents. The action sequences are good, and a fine score by

Mayfield helps out as well. SUPERFLY was financially backed by a group of Harlem businessmen, marking one of the first times a Black-oriented film was actually financed by Blacks. It was also one of the first to use a nonwhite cast and crew. Director Parks was the son of Gordon Parks, Sr., the

director of the "Shaft" movies. A sequel, SUPERFLY T.N.T., followed.

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  • Released: 1972
  • Rating: R
  • Review: This interesting feature is one of the few Hollywood films that takes an honest look at the lives of African-Americans in the ghetto. O'Neal plays a Harlem cocaine pusher whose success (via connections with corrupt police officials) has gained him the resp… (more)

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