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- Richard Pryor

Overview - Director Michael Schultz follows up his critically acclaimed and commercially successful COOLEY HIGH with this hilarious day-in-the-life tale set in modern day Los Angeles. At Sully Boyar's car wash, a juvenile, motley crew of city dwellers "work their fingers to the bone" waiting on the eccentric and sometimes haughty clientele.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Director Michael Schultz follows up his critically acclaimed and commercially successful COOLEY HIGH with this hilarious day-in-the-life tale set in modern day Los Angeles. At Sully Boyar's car wash, a juvenile, motley crew of city dwellers "work their fingers to the bone" waiting on the eccentric and sometimes haughty clientele. Throughout the day, the young men find time to indulge in personal pursuits: one fellow fantasizes about the pretty waitress working at a local restaurant, a militant preaches politics, while more disgruntled workers find a way to justify their laziness. As the day wears on, the many levels of oppression that control each individual's lives gradually become apparent. Luckily, Schultz and screenwriter Joel Schumacher don't dwell on the potentially depressing aspects of their subject matter; proving that sometimes laughter is the best medicine, they stuff their film with enough verbal, visual, and situational humor to keep the audience laughing throughout. This can also be attributed to the performances by the all-star ensemble of performers, including Franklin Ajaye, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Bill Duke, and Garrett Morris. Cementing the deal is the film's soundtrack, which features the soulful music of diva Rose Royce.

Cast List

Michael Schultz - American Director
Norman Whitfield - Songwriter
Tracy Reed - Actress/"Dr. Strangelove"
Franklin Ajaye
Gary Stromberg - Producer
Art Linson - Producer/Director
George Carlin - Comedian, actor
Richard Brestoff - Actor- Man With Two Brains
Bill Duke - American Actor/Director
Frank Stanley - American Diretor of Photography
Ivan Dixon - Kinchloe of TV's "Hogan's Heroes"
Richard Pryor - African American actor, comedian
Antonio Fargas - American Character Actor
Christopher Holmes
Robert Clatworthy
Irwin Corey - Comedian/Actor
Professor Irwin Corey - Comedian/Actor
Joel Schumacher - American Director/Screenwriter
Sully Boyar

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 97
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192274725
  • Genre: Feature Film Urban Comedy
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: January 2017

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Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Cult Film
Classic
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Los Angeles, California
1970s
African Americans
Urban Life
Essential Cinema
African American Cinema
African American Culture

 
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Notes:
Theatrical Release: October 22, 1976. Shot on location in Los Angeles. In the 1970s, Michael Schultz proved to be one of Hollywood's most prolific Black directors. Though the 1974 film HONEYBABY, HONEYBABY failed commercially, the films COOLEY HIGH (1975) and CAR WASH (1976) were very successful.

 
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