• Superfly (1972)

Superfly

Release Date: 1972

R |1 hr 36 min

Plot Summary

Priest (Ron O'Neal), a suave top-rung New York City drug dealer, decides that he wants to get out of his dangerous trade. Working with his reluctant friend, Eddie (Carl Lee), Priest devises a scheme that will allow him make a big deal and then retire. When a desperate street dealer informs the police of Priest's activities, Priest is forced into an uncomfortable arrangement with corrupt narcotics officers. Setting his plan in motion, he aims to both leave the business and stick it to the man.

Cast: Ron O'Neal, Carl Lee, Sheila Frazier, Julius Harris, Charles McGregor, Nate Adams, Polly Niles, Yvonne Delaine

Director: Gordon Parks Jr.

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Warner Bros., Sig Shore International

Keywords: New York City, Escape, Engaging, Revenge, Gritty, 1970s, Rivalry

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    The New York Times

    The film's gut pleasures are real, and there are a lot of them. But, they always connect with one another in a world so precisely, cruelly, excitingly balanced that there is no movement without countermovement, no pressure without a greater pressure in return. show more

  • 60
    Time Out

    One of the most successful of the early '70s blaxploitation cycle. show more

  • 60
    Empire

    With some of the best costumes since the musicals of the '50s and one of the '70s funkiest scores, it's quite rudimentary on most levels - it's no Shaft. show more

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