Richard Pryor acted in comedy, action, and dramas, including ‘Blue Collar,’ ‘Superman III,’ and ‘Silver Streak.’
Five ‘Grammy Award,’ and ‘Emmy Award’ winner, Pryor’s works also included recording and concert movies like ‘Richard Pryor: Live in Concert,’ ‘...Is It Something I Said?,’ ‘Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin',’ ‘Richard Pryor: Here and Now,’ ‘Bicentennial Nigger,’ ‘Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip,’ and ‘That Nigger's Crazy.’
He often collaborated with Gene Wilder and Paul Mooney on several projects.
Some of his other noteworthy works include, ‘Harlem Nights,’ ‘Blazing Saddles,’ ‘Moving,’ ‘See No Evil, Hear No Evil,’ ‘Brewster’s Milestone,’ ‘The Toy,’ and ‘Stir Crazy,’ besides various others.
Pryor also wrote for various television shows, including ‘The Flip Wilson Show,’ and ‘Sanford and Son.’
Fred Madison, a Jazz musician, who is suspicious of his wife Renee’s loyalty, receives video tapes of their house, and one showing Renee’s murder. Accused of her murder, he is sentenced to death. In the prison, he mysteriously transforms into mechanic Peter Dayton, who is then released. Peter meets a gangster’s girlfriend, Alice, who is Renee’s mirror-image, which deepens the mystery further.
The Muppet Movie is a musical road comedy film, which tells the story of Kermit the Frog, who is told by a talent agent, to try his luck in Hollywood. He soon sets out on a journey to Los Angeles, California, but on the way, he is pursued by an entrepreneur who wants him to be a new spokesperson for his restaurant.
Zeke, Jerry and Smokey are three drinking buddies, who work at a car plant. One day, they come up with an idea to rob the local union bureau safe. Although they find only six hundred dollars, they also find some material which they decide to use to blackmail the union.
Comedian Richard Pryor wanders around the NBC Studio, and he meets various eccentric characters. They include a loony religious woman, a street peddler, a pushy fan from a tour group, etc.
During a cross-country train ride, a book editor George Caldwell meets an enigmatic woman named Hilly Burns, and falls for her. However, his vacation is interrupted when he witnesses a murder for which he is then accused. Things get worse when the actual murderers kidnap Hilly and attempt to throw him off the train.
Karue, a blind man, and Dave, a deaf man, are the prime witnesses in the murder of a girl. They try to figure out who the killer is, with their collective senses, but the investigating detective suspects them of the murder.
Two friends are wrongfully accused and convicted, after which they are sent to prison. They realize that they have no other choice but to make a foolproof escape plan. They soon realize that the annual rodeo competition may provide them with a perfect opportunity to escape.
In order to raise funds for their charity, Clyde and Billy rig a boxing match. However, this puts them against a group of gangsters who lost their money.
Montgomery Brewster, a minor league baseball player, learns that a wealthy uncle he didn’t know existed has left him $300 million….but with a condition. Brewster must spend $30 million in 30 days; however, he cannot donate to charity, waste or destroy any money or possess any assets. Also, he can’t tell anyone about it. So, Brewster has an enormous task to tackle
The stand-up comedy special is one of the earliest recordings of Richard Pryor who took to stage on April 29, 1971, to deliver one of his unique performances. He focuses on everything ranging from racial tensions, family dynamics and even showcases bits like Wino Preacher and Willie the Junkie.
The epicenter of this cult comedy is a group of friends. They work at Sully Boyar's Car Wash. This team meets a number of people everyday - from a wacky cab driver, to an eloquent preacher, to an ex-convict and others. Set up in a manic energy, the eccentric customers talk about everything under the sun, from politically incorrect jokes to disco and funk. Some of the team members find romance while the others feel glad that they got through another shift.
Harlem Nights is a crime comedy film which takes us to the 1930s. It tells the story of a New York City gambling house owner and his associates who face strong competition as well as problems from gangsters and corrupt policemen.
Jack Brown, an unemployed journalist finds himself literally purchased as a toy for Eric, a rich, spoiled brat of the department store where Jack is the night janitor. In order to spend a week with the troubled kid, Jack is paid handsomely. However, Jack soon learns the root of Eric's bad behaviour and gradually teaches the boy what it is to have a friend.
Chicago gang-boss Charley Barker sends his minion, clumsy George Norton, to dig up mob-courier Archie Brody’s body that got buried in a suit lined with $1million of syndicate’s money. When he first digs it up, the casket is empty, while after a few days, he finds a stranger’s corpse. Now a prime suspect, George must find the body or retrieve the money.
Innocent Brother Ambrose arrives in Hollywood to raise funds to save their monastery, where he meets many, including Dr. Sebastian Melmoth, who robs him. Mary, a prostitute, helps him and tutors him about the ways of the world. Ambrose joins televangelist Armageddon T. Thunderbird’s ‘Church of Divine Profit,’ only to realize that it’s a money-making trick. Can he succeed in raising funds?
The Wiz is a fantasy adventure film which revolves around a shy 24 year old schoolteacher named Dorothy, who is magically transported to the urban fantasy Land of Oz. She soon befriends a Scarecrow, a Tin Man and a Cowardly Lion, and they embark on a quest together to look for a way to send her back home.
Business magnate Ross Webster takes help of computer genius Gus Gorman to take hold of weather satellite control, but doesn’t want Superman to interfere. So he orders Gorman to destroy Superman. Gorman prepares a synthetic Kryptonite, but replaces a missing element with tar. This flaw in Kryptonite brings out a total change in Superman’s personality. Will he be the same savior Superman?
In order to rescue a group of American celebrities, members of a rock band are sent to Albania, in Europe.
Richard Pryor Awards
|Lily||Best Writing in Comedy-Variety, Variety or Music||1974|
|Winner||Best Comedy Recording||1982|
|Winner||Best Comedy Recording||1977|
|Winner||Best Comedy Recording||1976|
|Winner||Best Comedy Recording||1975|
|Winner||Best Comedy Recording||1983|
|Winner||Lifetime Achievement Award||2006|
|Winner||Best Album Notes||2002|