Superfly
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An African-American man finds that leaving behind his life of crime is harder than he imagined in this groundbreaking crime drama. Priest (Ron O'Neal) is a stylish and successful cocaine dealer who drives a fancy car, commands a small army of street salesmen, and lives a life of luxury. However, Priest is just smart enough to know that there's no real future in dealing coke, and one day he makes a proposal to his partner Eddie (Carl Lee) -- they take their 300,000-dollar savings, buy 30 kilos of cocaine, and use their street team to move it out in four months, leaving a million dollar… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"One of the most successful of the early '70s blaxploitation cycle."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Gordon Parks Jr. was one of the greatest casualties of the collapse of blaxploitation cinema, a director with a distinctive, tightly packed visual style nd a remarkably bitter vision for this supposedly escapist genre."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Probably the best film of the blaxploitation experience."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The likes of 'Pusherman' and 'Freddie's Dead' provide the film with heart and depth that would otherwise be absent."
‑ , Film4
"This is a quintessential blaxploitation film. And it's fun as hell to watch."
‑ Ted Prigge, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"A very good movie."
‑ Roger Greenspun, New York Times
"...about the dead-end despair of ghetto life, where the false independence of a criminal enterprise is really just another form of enslavement."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Drug dealer, big score, wants to get out of the biz. Yawn."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Curtis Mayfield's sizzling score may be the most enduringly superfly aspect of this blaxploitation classic."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Super Fly, one of the most significant blaxploitation films ever made, is as fascinatingly entertaining as it is ethically wrongheaded."
‑ Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter
"The moral ambiguity of the film may disturb some viewers, but the film smacks of realistic grit throughout."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"O'Neal functioned as a suave but deadly post-Poitier antihero for an increasingly militant urban audience..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Classic blaxlpoitation film is still one of the best to come out of the genre. O'Neal gives a fine (but always funky) performance in one of the last movies before the genre ate itself and became self-parody. Terrific soudtrack."
‑ Larry Carroll, Countingdown.com
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