Which Way Is Up?

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Which Way Is Up?
Poster which way is up.gif
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMichael Schultz
Produced bySteve Krantz
Written by
Based on1972 screenplay
by Lina Wertmüller
Music by
CinematographyJohn A. Alonzo
Edited byDanford B. Greene
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • November 4, 1977 (1977-11-04)
Running time
94 minutes

Which Way is Up? is a 1977 American comedy film starring Richard Pryor and directed by Michael Schultz. It is a remake of the 1972 Italian comedy film The Seduction of Mimi starring Giancarlo Giannini and directed by Lina Wertmüller. Richard Pryor plays three roles: an orange picker who has two women at the same time, 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. Lennox Thomas takes advantage of Leroy's absence to cavort with Annie Mae, leading Leroy to take revenge with the reverend's wife.



TV Guide rated it 1/5 stars and wrote that Pryor plays his character as unlikable, making the film unfunny.[1]


  1. ^ "Which Way Is Up?". TV Guide. Retrieved 2017-07-22.

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