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1972 {{Blaxploitation}} film directed by Gordon Parks Jr.

Ron O'Neal stars as Priest, an up-and-coming successful cocaine dealer in [[BigApplesauce New York City]]. After getting mugged by two junkies, he realizes that his profession will eventually only end in death or prison, so he decides it's time to call it quits. In order to raise money to start a fresh, crime-free life, however, he needs to perform OneLastJob by making a 30 kilo deal. Too bad that almost every person he interacts with (save two obligatorily antagonistic white cops) seems to make it their mission in life to keep him in the business...

[[AwesomeMusic 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."

Some critics believe the film's glorification of drug dealers serves to subtly critique the civil rights movement's failure to provide better economic opportunities for black America and that the portrayal of a black community controlled by drug dealers serves to highlight that the initiatives of the civil rights movement were far from fully accomplished.

However the filmmakers maintain that it was their desire to [[DrugsAreBad show the negative and empty aspects of the drug subculture]]. This is evident in the movie from the beginning as Priest communicates his desire to leave the business. As said above, nearly every character in film, with the notable exception of his main squeeze, tries to dissuade Priest from quitting; their chief argument being that dealing and snorting is the best he could ever achieve in life. This contrast underscores a major theme in artistic works - the individual vs the group collective.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AntiHero: Priest is an unscrupulous and violent cocaine dealer, but is trying to get out of the business and live an honest life. Another character remarks that he has no relevant job skills to make a living outside of crime, and adds that [[EvenEvilHasStandards he does not have the stomach to be a pimp.]]
* {{Badass}}: Priest is skilled at martial arts, and nearly always manages to keep a cool head.
* BadassLongcoat: Priest has a lot of 'em.
* BMovie
* BigApplesauce
** TheBigRottenApple: Harlem in TheSeventies looked rough.
* {{Blaxploitation}}: Hailed as a TropeCodifier and one of the very best.
* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: Priest takes one from Eddie's apartment, and then pulls a switch (see GenreSavvy below).
* 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.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: Priest is seen early on training in martial arts in a gym. It comes in handy in the end.
* DirtyCop: The narcotics detectives that are in fact running the cocaine business in Harlem. Deputy Commissioner Reardon is head of the drug ring.
* DrugsAreBad: If the filmmakers' claims are to be taken as true.
* {{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.
* GenreSavvy: 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.
* TheMafia: Some wiseguys approach Priest and Eddie with an offer of protection against any DirtyCop trouble. Priest eventually takes them up on it.
* 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."
* NiceHat: Priest loves his fedoras.
* 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.
* ResignationsNotAccepted: The corrupt cops will not let Priest quit the cocaine business.
* SharpDressedMan: Priest, always.
* 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.)
* 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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