Super Fly T.N.T.

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Super Fly T.N.T.
Superfly tnt.jpg
Directed by Ron O'Neal
Produced by Sig Shore[1]
Written by Phillip Fenty
Alex Haley
Story by Ron O'Neal
Sig Shore
Starring Ron O'Neal
Roscoe Lee Browne
Robert Guillaume
Music by Osibisa
Cinematography Robert Gaffney
James Signorelli
Edited by Bob Brady
Production
company
Superfly Ltd.
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • June 15, 1973 (1973-06-15)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Box office $1,200,000 (US/ Canada rentals)[2]

Super Fly T.N.T. is a 1973 film directed, starring, and co-written by Ron O'Neal. O'Neal reprises his role of Youngblood Priest from the smash hit blaxploitation film Super Fly.[3] The film was released on VHS in 1998, but it has not been released on DVD. It was shot in Rome, Italy and other locations. The cast includes Robert Guillaume, who later became famous as Benson on the TV show Soap and its spin-off, the TV show of the same name. The film was both a critical and box office failure.

Synopsis[edit]

Priest (O'Neal) has retired from his former life as a cocaine hustler back in the streets of New York, and is now living comfortably in Rome, Italy with his lover Georgia (Frazier). Through a mutual associate with whom he plays cards, he comes into contact with Dr. Lamine Sonko (Browne), a native of a small African country. Dr. Sonko is a revolutionary who is also living in Rome, and would like Priest to assist him with supplying guns for his fellow countrymen to defeat colonialism in his country. Priest is not interested at first, but Dr. Sonko, having learned some things of Priest's background, presses upon him that he has an obligation to help African people. Having time to think, and perhaps feeling a sense of guilt for his cocaine hustling days, Priest decides to visit Africa to see things for himself, against the wishes of Georgia. Returning to Rome from his visit, he decides to assist Dr. Sonoko. He is able to acquire the guns needed by winning at cards against a regular associate. Dr. Sonko needs him to get the guns into his country without detection, which Priest agrees to do.

While arriving in the small fictional African nation, Priest is captured and detained by a few European officials representing the government. The officials suspect gun smuggling, but do not find any evidence when searching the wooden crates delivered. They question Priest on the whereabouts of the guns without getting answers, which leads them to beat him and lock him in a dark room. Priest cleverly rigs an electric light switch in the room to kill one of the officials who guard him, and ambushes a second guard to escape capture. Beaten and exhausted, he exits the dark room, similar to a slave dungeon, while entering the daylight of outside as the Muslim call to prayer echoes all around. Priest has now fulfilled a certain sense of personal responsibility, and seems to be absolved from his past life. He returns to Rome and to Georgia; they embrace and walk away together in each other's arms.

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
Ron O'Neal Youngblood Priest
Roscoe Lee Browne Dr. Lamine Sonko
Sheila Frazier Georgia
Robert Guillaume Jordan Gaines
Jacques Sernas Matty Smith
William Berger Lefebre
Roy Bosier Daggett
Silvio Noto George, Restaurant Proprietor
Olga Bisera Lisa

Soundtrack[edit]

Super Fly T.N.T.
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Soundtrack album by Osibisa
Released September 24, 1973
Recorded April 1973
Genre British Afro-pop
Length 53:57
Label Red Steel Music
Producer Peter Gallen
Osibisa chronology
Heads
(1972)Heads1972
Superfly T.N.T. Soundtrack
(1973)
Happy Children
(1973)Happy Children1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars link

The soundtrack was done by Ghanaian band Osibisa and charted at #159 on the Billboard charts and #41 on R&B albums.[4][5] It has been re-issued on CD in 1995.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs arranged, performed and composed by Osibisa.

No. Title Length
1. "T.N.T." 6:51
2. "Superfly Man" 3:56
3. "Prophets" 5:25
4. "The Vicarage" 3:32
5. "Oye Mama" 3:26
6. "Brotherhood" 4:12
7. "Come Closer (If You're A Man)" 5:23
8. "Kelele" 5:37
9. "La Ila La La" 7:35
Total length: 53:57

Musicians[edit]

Teddy Osei, from Ghana; - tenor sax, flute, African drums & vocals
Sol Amarfio, from Ghana; - drums
Mac Tontoh, from Ghana; - trumpet, flugel horn, kabasa
Jean Mandengue, from the French Cameroons; – bass guitar, percussion, vocals
Gordon Hunte, from Guyana; - lead guitar & vocals
Robert Bailey, from Trinidad; - organ, piano, timbales
Kofi Ayivor, from Ghana; - congas, African drums, percussion, vocals

Additional brass arrangements by Mike Gibbs

All information taken from the album back cover

See also[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cavanaugh, Jack (2006-08-25). "Sig Shore, 87, Producer of 'Superfly'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  2. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1973", Variety, 9 January 1974 p 60
  3. ^ McLellan, Dennis (2004-01-16). "Ron O'Neal, 66; Star of Blaxploitation Hit 'Superfly'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  4. ^ "Osibisa's Biography". Last.fm. 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 
  5. ^ "Super Fly TNT > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 
  6. ^ "Red Steel Music". Red Steel Music. Retrieved 2016-07-15. 
  7. ^ "View Quote ... Pulp Fiction ... Movie Quotes Database". Moviequotedb.com. Retrieved 2017-09-28. 

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