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February 14, 2017
Surprisingly serious Blaxploitation movie although Willie D's theme music is funky fun.
August 4, 2014
loved this movie be ready to watch it
January 19, 2014
"Willie Dynamite" is the story of a pimp and his girls, a blaxploitation film that isn't too campy and doesn't glorify the criminal lifestyle that Willie leads. He is a prick, who treats his prostitutes good only when it suits him, when they step out of line or do anything independent he becomes a shit, just like a real pimp. He is a bastard who portrays himself as working for and with the girls, but is really just out for himself. So the fact that they didn't stray too far into camp territory helped this one. It isn't the best film, not even the best blaxploitation film I've seen, but it is decent.
½ January 26, 2013
Willie Dynamite(Roscoe Orman) is sure having a bad time, not content on being the no.2 pimp in New York, he is striving to be no.1 and the effects it has on those around him including his families: relatives and the stables of girls he looks after. This morality tale from the height of blaxploitation is so enjoyable and has such funny moments even though it's not suppose to be funny. The cast is likable even tough we are not suppose to root for these characters. Overall, I really liked this film.
December 16, 2012
september 25th 11:15pm
½ August 7, 2012
I sat down with this movie, expecting it to be your standard blaxploitation. While it did have some of the standard elements of the genre ( drugs, violence, pimps and their stables, corrupt white cops), it ended up bring a tale of redemption of the human spirit, rather than a glorification of that lifestyle. I should have expected that when I finally realized where I recognized who starred as Willie. All in all, a very good movie.
½ August 7, 2012
I started watching this thinking that it would be your standard, run of the mill blaxploitation. I should have realized, though, that Gordon wouldn't exploit anyone. While it has several elements of a blaxploitation, including drugs, "working girls", and pimps, this is really a story about redemption and growth as a person....without *too much* preachiness.
July 15, 2012
Willie from sesame street.
August 17, 2011
Blaxploitation, with GREAT soundtrack (main title sung by Martha Reeves)
Super Reviewer
½ August 21, 2010
As this movie began, I was expecting a generic and campy b-movie, but what it ended up being is really quite surprising. This is actually a fairly serious and sincere movie with a message.

It has a good budget and pretty high production values, which helps it rise above the level of most blaxploitation films. In a way, it really isn't one of those kinds of movies. I mean it is, but that's like if calling Ridley Scott's "Gladiator" your average swords-and-sandals movie. Okay, so it's not as good as that, but it looks great and had major studio backing, so you probably get the idea. It's essentially a high class B-movie. Yeah, that's a good way to describe it.

Give this one a chance. What could have been a cheesy story about a pimp with problems that you can't take seriously turns into an almost great story of hope and redemption.
½ February 25, 2010
The best blaxploitation movie to star Gordon from Sesame Street!
December 16, 2009
The man who later became the beloved Gordon of Sesame Street stars as Willie Dynamite, a capitalist pimp with a vision. However, his whole world is immediately turned upside down, causing him to alter the direction of his life.
Super Reviewer
October 16, 2009
"Willie Dynamite" is miles above the average "Blaxploitation" films made in the 1970's by it's not glorifying the title character in any way but showing him as a ruthless as well as tragic and misguided person. A person who's self-destructive lifestyle as a big time city pimp lead to disaster not only to himself but to all those around him: his women his friends his hangers-on and worst of all his sweet and church-going mother played by Royce Wallace.

Back in those days, the 70's, Willie Dynamite, Roscoe Orman, could easily have been made to be a hero for the youth of the inner city ghettos to be looked up to and emulated. Instead the movie wisely chose to show him and his lifestyle for what it was, indifferent and unfeeling. Thats how Willie was to those women who worked the streets and hotels for him selling their hot bodies for the only thing that mattered to him the bottom line: Cold Cash.

The film chronicles the rise and fall and in the end redemption of big city pimp Willie Dynamite after he saw his mother collapse in the courthouse, when she found out what Willie really did for a living, and later die in the hospital without Willie being able to tells her that he's sorry for what he did and get her forgiveness. Willie let his mom on to believe that he was a record agent not a pimp.

Willie's top hooker Pashen, Joyce Walker, who wanted to get out of the hooker business and become a fashion model after she was shown the light by Cora, Diana Sands, a social worker who tried to save girls like her from being exploited by pimps like Willie. Pashen instead gets sweet-talked back into turning tricks by Willie's and ends up having her pretty face slashed while she was in the womens house of detention waiting to be bailed out by him.

Diana Sands steals the movie with her sensitive portrayal of a social worker who knows all too well what life on the streets can do from her sad and abysmal life as a young women and tries to get the girls working for Willie to save themselves from that life like she did. We also see Diana change her opinion about Willie when he's destroyed by his fellow pimps as well as the law and becomes a broken and humbled person instead of the brash and arrogant pimp that she fought with throughout most of the movie. It's Cora's tender and emotional scene with Willie at the end of the film made you want to reach for your handkerchief.

Finally Willie himself who went from a cold-hearted and unfeeling person who looked at both his hookers and the Johns who paid for their services only as dollar signs to where he became a sensitive and understanding person by the time the movie ended but it took a walk through hell for Willie to get to that point. The movie also has fine location filming in and around NYC with a great musical soundtrack.

It would be unfair for "Willie Dynamite" to be described as a "Blaxploitation" movie; It doesn't exploits it's audience it educates it.
Super Reviewer
September 26, 2009
september 25th 11:15pm
½ August 27, 2009
A Blaxpoitation Grenade about the Up and Downs of the Pimp Willie Dynamite a Critism on Prostiution and a Warning that the Karma gets you everytime
August 16, 2009
Willie D might have all the pimp clothes, cars & bitches but he's really just one hard luck nigga. His car is always getting towed, his bitches constantly busted & himself being arrested on trumped up charges. No, pimpin ain't easy.. Starring Roscoe Orman aka Gordon from Sesame Street
June 16, 2009
Super Reviewer
April 12, 2009
Filmed in 1974, it shows the style of everything from cloths to Furniture, man bring it all back. Most label this movie as blaxploitation, myself I don't like the word exploitation, just doesn't stick right. I like Great Black Films or Filmakers, and this is just that, a great Black film. I mean its not roots, but its just good for 1970-1979 Time Frame. This is a cool pimp movie, Thats right Willie is a Pimp, and who Willie is in real life will blow most of you away, (See otheres reviews). Someone is out to destroy Willie, he is getting it from all angles, The Cops, The Black Mob, The Reformed hooker. Will has cool cloths and a Cool Car. All in all its a great movie, not sure these hookers were even hot in 1970 let alone now. But for a 42nd Street Type Movie, have to give it 4 stars. In the end we see Willie Turning over a new leaf and looking for a new life, so its off to find BIG BIRD? Holly Mackeral Who would have ever though.
½ March 14, 2009
Most of you reading this probably won't be familiar with the name Roscoe Orman, but it's pretty much a given you've seen him, due to his many years of playing the role of Gordon on "Sesame Street"; however, before he started teaching children their ABCs, he made his acting debut as Willie Dynamite, the most flamboyant pimp in cinema history! The character makes former WWF wrestler, The Godfather, look like a model of subtlety as he strolls through his scenes in a huge variety of outlandish outfits that should have garnered the film an Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design while his own title song plays in the background. This blaxploitation flick is an absolute hoot, which contains every pimp stereotype and cliche imaginable and tons of hilarious jive talk dialogue. However, the film is also a lot more intelligent than you'd expect as, surprisingly, it manages to build sympathy for the morally corrupt Willie when his eventual downfall arrives; I guess it's a tribute to Orman's performance that he can start off as an over-the-top caricature and develop him into a character the audience actually cares about.
½ March 8, 2009
Classic Blaxplotation at it's finest!
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