Which Way Is Up? [DVD] [1977]

  • SKU: 4557535
  • Release Date: 05/21/2002
  • Rating: R
Richard Pryor portrays multiple characters in Michael Schultz's comedy Which Way Is Up? That film comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is solid, if less than spectacular. Fans of Pryor will certainly appreciate Universal making this film available.
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 5)

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  • Cast & filmmakers

Synopsis


Which Way Is Up?
This Americanized remake of Lina Wertmuller's The Seduction of Mimi offered audiences the novelty of seeing Richard Pryor performing three different roles in the same film. Which Way Is Up? tells the tale of Leroy Jones (Pryor), a poor orange picker who gets fired from his job when he accidentally joins a worker's union during a demonstration. He is forced to travel to Los Angeles and abandon his family, which includes his wife, Annie Mae (Margaret Avery), and his perpetually randy father, Rufus (also Pryor). While there, he falls in love with labor organizer Vanetta (Lonette McKee), but is soon rehired by his former employers when they realize he is easily manipulated. Back home, Leroy discovers his new managerial role alienates him from his former friends as he tries to divide his time between Annie Mae and Vanetta. When he discovers Annie Mae has been impregnated by the Reverend Lennox Thomas (Pryor's 3rd role) during his absence, Leroy sets his sights on seducing Lennox's wife. The resulting film had ambition to spare, but was generally panned as an inferior remake by the critics and failed to find a mass audience. However, Which Way Is Up? gained a second lease on life via cable and home video and has become a cult favorite with Pryor's fans. ~ Donald Guarisco, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Richard Pryor
    Richard Pryor - Leroy Jones, Rev. Thomas, Rufus Jones
  • Lonette McKee
    Lonette McKee - Vanetta
  • Margaret Avery
    Margaret Avery - Annie Mae



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Richard Pryor at his best!

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    Lisa15
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    If you are a Pryor lover, this is for you. You will laugh your butt off the entire time.. Richard Pryor at his best!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent movie

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    Bill
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    One of Richard Pryors best movies Loved it the first time I watched it when I was a teenager

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Richard Pryor X 3

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    bigdaddy29
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    The best of all Richard Pryor's movies, check it out!!!!!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic movie

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    TallNJman
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    Tjis is a classic movie I was looking for since I quote lines from different scenes all the time

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic comedy with fun scenes

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    eddiej
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    Enjoyed comedic twist multiple roles played perfec

    I would recommend this to a friend



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