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Which Way Is Up? (1977)

R
94 min | Comedy

Richard Pryor is playing three different roles here. The first being a poor orange picker named Leroy Jones who gets laid off when by mistake he joins the worker's union during one of their demonstrations. Afterwards he is forced to leave ...See moreRichard Pryor is playing three different roles here. The first being a poor orange picker named Leroy Jones who gets laid off when by mistake he joins the worker's union during one of their demonstrations. Afterwards he is forced to leave his wife and family behind which also includes Leroy's father (also played by Pryor) to go to Los Angeles. Leroy ends up working for the same company that fired him back home. He is a manager at the company but he is now distant from his former pals. He meets and falls in love with Vanetta who is a labor organizer which leaves him splitting time between his wife Annie Mae and Vanetta. When Leroy finds out that the Reverend Lenox Thomas (also played by Pryor) has got his wife pregnant while he was absent, he then make the moves on the reverend's wife. Written by mts77 See less
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Writers
Lina Wertmüller (1972 screenplay Mimì metallurgico ferito nell'onore) (as Lina Wertmuller) | Carl Gottlieb (screenplay) | Cecil Brown (screenplay)
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$3,200,000
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Release date
Nov 4, 1977 (United States)

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Richard Pryor
Leroy Jones / Rufus Jones / Reverend Lenox Thomas Leroy Jones / Rufus Jones / Reverend Lenox Thomas   See fewer
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Lonette McKee
Vanetta Vanetta   See fewer
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Margaret Avery
Annie Mae Annie Mae   See fewer
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Morgan Woodward
Mr. Mann Mr. Mann   See fewer
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Marilyn Coleman
Sister Sarah Sister Sarah   See fewer
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Bebe Drake
Thelma (as BeBe Drake-Hooks) Thelma (as BeBe Drake-Hooks)   See fewer
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Gloria Edwards
Janelle Janelle   See fewer
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Ernesto Hernández
Jose Reyes (as Ernesto Hernandez) Jose Reyes (as Ernesto Hernandez)   See fewer
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Otis Day
Sugar Sugar   See fewer
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Diane Rodriguez
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Dolph Sweet
The Boss The Boss   See fewer
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Tim Thomerson
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Daniel Valdez
Chuy Estrada (as Danny Valdez) Chuy Estrada (as Danny Valdez)   See fewer
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Luis Valdez
Ramon Juarez Ramon Juarez   See fewer
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Marc Alaimo
Frankie Frankie   See fewer
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Tony Alvarenga
Errand Boy Errand Boy   See fewer
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Pat Ast
Hooker Hooker   See fewer
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Kathy Cronkite
Photographer Photographer   See fewer
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Ron Cummins
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Julie Dorman
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Evelyn Dutton
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Darrell Giddens
Man at Picnic Man at Picnic   See fewer
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Cheryl Harvey
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Louise Johnson
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Tanya Lynne Lee
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Paul Mooney
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Harry Northup
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The Hindu The Hindu   See fewer
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Eddie Smith
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Cripple Cripple   See fewer
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Carol Trost
Ms. Collins Ms. Collins   See fewer
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Joe Turkel
Harry Boatwright (as Joseph Turkel) Harry Boatwright (as Joseph Turkel)   See fewer
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Angela Wilson
Dawn Minetta Dawn Minetta   See fewer
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6.4 / 10 | 1,384 votes