Shore received the bulk of the profits, 40 percent, while the actors, directors, and scriptwriters split the remaining profits. Mayfield gives us the longest track on the album and tells such a gripping tale with such gorgeous compositions that you truly feel as if you've know the man all of his life. In it, Nathan Purdee is now playing the role of Priest, who was played by Ron O'Neal in the previous movie. But take my word that the 1972 soundtrack to the blaxploitation film Superfly is a true classic. The gaudy fashions might be as obsolete as the old crumbling '70s New York City that serves as the background to the scenes, but the substance of the movie has ensured that Super Fly remains something more than a relic. Its comments on the lack of legitimate opportunity for African Americans in the inner city remains relevant -- relevant enough to bring on a remake of the movie 46 years after the original film's release. Youngblood Priest, an African-American drug dealer who specializes in selling cocaine, enjoys a luxurious lifestyle in Harlem.
Reardon threatens Priest that he must continue selling drugs as long as he is ordered to, but when Priest replies defiantly, the policemen begin to beat him. Now Priest, who has been living in France, and who is no longer a drug dealer, visits, and he sets out to find the ones who killed Eddie, and to get them. After the police leave, Eddie is elated by the new situation, claiming that they are set for life, although Priest is still determined to quit after selling the thirty kilos. The powerless Reardon then watches as Priest stalks off, giving the policemen one final glare before driving off to join Georgia. The movie was quite controversial during its initial release, and there's still much about this early 70s production that may seem unusual to a modern audience, particularly the attitude of the film's hero towards cocaine, prostitution, and crime in general. He decides to build an escape from the life by making his biggest deal yet, converting the coke to cash and running off to start a new life. Setting his plan in motion, he aims to both leave the business and stick it to the man.
Released 1972, 'Superfly' stars , , , The R movie has a runtime of about 1 hr 36 min, and received a score of 67 out of 100 on Metacritic, which collated reviews from 8 respected critics. African-Americans voiced their opinions on the matter. While this new development excites Eddie, Priest is still determined to get out of dealing and decides to commit to his girlfriend Georgia Sheila Frazier. As he is escorted outside to be booked in another precinct, Freddie attempts to escape and is killed when he dashes in front of a car. Working with his reluctant friend, Eddie Carl Lee , Priest devises a scheme that will allow him make a big deal and then retire. Scatter reveals that the real head of the operation is Deputy Commissioner Reardon, who is trying to kill him for quitting. That night, after picking up the kilo from Scatter, Priest and Eddie are apprehended by several policemen.
Priest further explains that the men with whom he met were contract killers, whom he hired to murder Reardon and his entire family should anything happen to him. Charles McGregor, who plays Fat Freddie, was released from prison before the film's production. There's also marijuana and cigarette smoking and drinking. When a desperate street dealer informs the police of Priest's activities, Priest is forced into an uncomfortable arrangement with corrupt narcotics officers. He was an influence to millions across the world by the time this album and movie were released. Priest turns to Scatter Julius Harris , an older and retired dealer who now runs a popular bar and grill, for help in getting Scatter's supplier.
Parents need to know that Super Fly is a 1972 movie about a cocaine dealer attempting to make a deal large enough to retire and get out of the business. Priest explains that as a child, he thought he wanted all the trappings of success and wealth, including a lover like her, but now wants a simpler life and will be ending their relationship. Their argument is interrupted by the sudden arrival of Scatter, who is being pursued by his supplier. Scatter gives Priest a packet of information on Reardon and his family, then arranges to meet him later, when Priest will give him money with which to flee New York. Meanwhile, Priest and Georgia are walking in a park, and Priest confesses that he has made a deal that will enable them to escape their current life.
The powerless Reardon then watches as Priest stalks off, giving the policemen one final glare before driving off to join Georgia. Priest has anticipated Eddie's duplicity, however, and gives the briefcase carrying the money to a disguised Georgia in exchange for one full of rags. Priest is then picked up by the lieutenant and other policemen and taken to the waterfront, where he is confronted by Reardon in person. I love Curtis Mayfield and his music an exceptional composer and musician. Super Fly is thin sounding with no base and no balance.
Attempted mugging of the lead character. Now, before we get into the fundamentals of how you can watch 'Superfly' right now, here are some details about the Warner Bros. The problem is that the Mob does not have a retirement plan and will give him a choice of staying and selling for them or dying if they find out his intentions. The film's soundtrack by was well enough received that he was sought for other soundtracks. Another quality that distinguishes Super Fly from other blaxploitation films was the technical crew, the majority of which was non-white, constituting the largest non-white technical crew in its time.
A morality tale set to funky grooves and plaintive vocals, Superfly is the zenith of Mayfield's socially aware songwriting, recounting the highs and lows of the thug life and the no-win ghetto game of hustling. But this was to be his signature album, you know, the one that from then on we would point back to when giving an example of his absolute greatness. He still owns many of the suits, shoes and fedora hats. You probably already know what the movie's about, but just in case. The Harlem community backed Super Fly financially, and a number of black businesses helped with the production costs. Despite the controversy surrounding Super Fly 's drug use, the production of the film made significant advances for African-Americans.