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Richard Pryor: Live and Smokin' (1971)

Cast: Richard Pryor, Richard Pryor
Director: Michael Blum, Michael Blum
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: MPI Home Video
Genre: Comedies, Stand-up Comedy/Performance
Running Time: 46 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Richard Pryor's performance at the New York Improv on April, 29th, 1971 features the comedian giving his thoughts on sex, drugs, and race relations. Included is "Wino Preacher & Willie the Junkie," showcasing Pryor in the irreverent style that parlayed his career as a stand-up comic into a successful international star of films and television. There is an advisory warning for the strong language. ~ Dan Pavlides, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Uneven performance, but worth a look by jamkat79 September 19, 2003 - 10:15 AM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Dedicated fans will want to see this, of course, and casual viewers will find Pryor's routine has its funny moments, but the film's real value lies its depiction of a darker, edgier Richard Pryor than most of us know. Like a lot of initially "dangerous" black artists, Pryor was somewhat de-fanged by his own success, but here stalks the stage, all but taunting his audience, his comedy going places you would have guessed were off-limits in 1971. Watching it, you can't help but be afraid for him.

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