Which Way Is Up?

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Which Way Is Up?
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Movie poster for Which Way Is Up?.
Directed by Michael Schultz
Produced by Steve Krantz
Written by Lina Wertmüller (1972 screenplay)
Carl Gottlieb
Cecil Brown
Starring Richard Pryor
Lonette McKee
Margaret Avery
Music by Mark Davis
Paul Riser
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • November 4, 1977 (1977-11-04)
Running time
94 min.
Language English
Budget $3.2 million (estimated)

Which Way is Up? is a 1977 comedy film starring Richard Pryor. It was directed by Michael Schultz, and is a remake of the 1972 Italian film The Seduction of Mimi, which was written and directed by Lina Wertmüller. Pryor plays three roles: an orange picker who plays with two women, the orange-picker's father and a Reverend who gets the orange picker's wife pregnant.


When he falls into a union action by mistake, Leroy Jones is laid off from his job picking oranges. The only option given to find work to provide for his wife Annie Mae, their kids and his father Rufus is to leave them behind and go to Los Angeles, where more jobs are available. While he is away, Leroy becomes smitten with Vanetta, a beautiful labor activist. When he returns home, he has to juggle his wife, his new romance with Vanetta and his new job, meanwhile, the Rev. Lenox Thomas is not only watching out for Leroy's wife, nope


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