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26th May '16 4:18:24 PM Mdumas43073
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1972 {{Blaxploitation}} film directed by Gordon Parks Jr.

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A 1972 {{Blaxploitation}} film directed by Gordon Parks Jr.
5th Feb '15 12:54:16 AM RushLimborg
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This film is known for its soundtrack, written and produced by soul singer Music/CurtisMayfield. ''Superfly'' is one of the few films ever to have been out-grossed by its soundtrack. Ironically, in later years, Mayfield came to hate the film, calling it "a TV commercial for cocaine."

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[[AwesomeMusic This film is known for its soundtrack, soundtrack,]] written and produced by soul singer Music/CurtisMayfield. ''Superfly'' is one of the few films ever to have been out-grossed by its soundtrack. Ironically, in later years, Mayfield came to hate the film, calling it "a TV commercial for cocaine."
4th Feb '15 4:54:36 AM RushLimborg
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* ButNotTooBlack: O'Neal is quite fair-skinned; at one point a character in the film calls Priest "white-looking". He responds by punching him.

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* ButNotTooBlack: O'Neal is quite fair-skinned; at one point a character in the film calls Priest "white-looking". [[BerserkButton He responds by punching him.]]
4th Feb '15 4:45:53 AM RushLimborg
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* ChekhovsGun: Priest is seen early on training in martial arts in a gym. It comes in handy in the end.

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* ChekhovsGun: ChekhovsSkill: Priest is seen early on training in martial arts in a gym. It comes in handy in the end.
4th Feb '15 4:43:34 AM RushLimborg
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* CheckovsGun: Priest is seen early on training in martial arts in a gym. It comes in handy in the end.

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* CheckovsGun: ChekhovsGun: Priest is seen early on training in martial arts in a gym. It comes in handy in the end.
4th Feb '15 4:43:19 AM RushLimborg
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* CheckovsGun: Priest is seen early on training in martial arts in a gym. It comes in handy in the end.
4th Feb '15 4:38:47 AM RushLimborg
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* {{Badass}}: Priest is skilled at martial arts, and nearly always manages to keep a cool head.
* BadassLongcoat: Priest has a lot of 'em.


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* TheMafia: Some wiseguys approach Priest and Eddie with an offer of protection against any DirtyCop trouble. Priest eventually takes them up on it.


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* NiceHat: Priest loves his fedoras.


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* SharpDressedMan: Priest, always.
4th Feb '15 4:20:27 AM RushLimborg
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* {{Blaxploitation}}

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* {{Blaxploitation}}{{Blaxploitation}}: Hailed as a TropeCodifier and one of the very best.
2nd Feb '15 10:43:59 AM jamespolk
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* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: Critics worried that the film glorifies the drug life might also note Mayfield's soundtrack, which decries the very things responsible for people like Priest and his business associates.

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* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: Critics worried that the film glorifies the drug life might also note Mayfield's soundtrack, which decries the very things responsible for people like Priest and his business associates. (Note the song that plays over the opening credit sequence, which is about a desperate junkie.)
2nd Feb '15 10:43:12 AM jamespolk
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** TheBigRottenApple: Harlem in TheSeventies looked rough.



* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: Priest takes one from Eddie's apartment, and then pulls a switch (see GenreSavvy below).



* DirtyCop: The narcotics detectives that are in fact running the cocaine business in Harlem. Deputy Commissioner Reardon is head of the drug ring.



* GoodCopBadCop
* OneLastJob

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* GoodCopBadCop
{{Fanservice}}: There's the nude lady in Priest's bed in the opening scene, there's the prolonged bathtub sex scene with his girlfriend Georgia, and then there's the high-class white lady wearing a transparent body stocking.
* OneLastJobGenreSavvy: Priest, anticipating Eddie will betray him, has his girlfriend come to Eddie's apartment building with an identical briefcase that they switch out for the BriefcaseFullOfMoney that Eddie gave Priest. This saves Priest's life.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Scatter's murder is staged as a drug overdose.
* TheMan: Eddie's take on why they're drug dealers. "I know it's a rotten game. It's the only one The Man left us to play."
* OneLastJob: Priest's idea is to get thirty keys of coke, sell it for street value of a million dollars, and then get out of the life. Unlike the way this trope usually works, out, he actually does escape with his life.




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* TitleDrop: Priest's coke is described as "super fly". Then there's Curtis Mayfield's TitleThemeTune.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Where Freddie's girlfriend stores the roll that Freddie gets from Priest.
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