Most under-appreciated film of the 1970's

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The 1970's was an incredible decade for film. Personally, it's my favorite decade. I am continually discovering films that I've never seen before. I am astounded at how many gems came out of this time period. Some of which are completely unheralded and over-looked.

Film buffs, please weigh in on what you feel is the most under-appreciated or under-rated film of the 70's.
 

Boogle McDougal

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My first nomination goes to William Friedkin's Sorcerer.

Upon release, Sorcerer only recouped 9 million of it's 21 million dollar budget. It was a financial disaster and a turning point for the director's career.

The other day I watched it on blu-ray and I have to say, it totally kicked my ass. I was immediately left wondering, what the hell happened? Why did this film bomb so badly? Why has no one kicked down my door and told me how awesome this is??

The Answer: Sorcerer had the misfortune of being released right around the same time as a little film called Star Wars. It was completely overshadowed by it's monstrous success. Also the title is cryptic and probably did the film a disservice. There's more to it as well, but I'll leave it here. I highly recommend this flick, an essential slice of 70's cinema.

 

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Holy shit!

I just want to re-iterate that Sorcerer only grossed 9 million dollars WORLDWIDE.

Compared to Papillon (a great film) that grossed $53 million in the USA ALONE on a budget of 12 million. Compared to Sorcerer's budget of $21 million. God damn.
 
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SuperFly!

Slick music, super fly ride, super bad bitches caused many to overlook how bad his life went. Got money, but still wasnt happy, got connected then felt like he was enslaved to the game. Just when he thought he could get out the game, they killed his mentor , scatterman & his boy Eddie tried to turn him in.

 
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Boogle McDougal

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SuperFly!

Slick music, super fly ride, super bad bitches caused many to overlook how bad his life went. Got money, but still wasnt happy, got connected then felt like he was enslaved to the game. Just when he thought he could get out the game, they killed his mentor , scatterman & his boy Eddie tried to turn him in.

Ya know, everybody knows the Curtis Mayfield song, but nobody's ever smashed my door down and said "Hey you! Watch Superfly ya dumb son of a bitch!" I'll accept this pick.

Personally, my favorite blacksploitation flick would probably be Black Caesar. Fred Williamson was cool, and he was a pretty damn good actor if you ask me. Better than Jim Brown at least.
 

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Similarly, the soundtrack to Trouble Man by Marvin Gaye gets a lot of love. Especially from me, I play that record all the time. But no one, NO ONE has ever said to me "Trouble Man? That's a good movie."
 
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Ya know, everybody knows the Curtis Mayfield song, but nobody's ever smashed my door down and said "Hey you! Watch Superfly ya dumb son of a bitch!" I'll accept this pick.

Personally, my favorite blacksploitation flick would probably be Black Caesar. Fred Williamson was cool, and he was a pretty damn good actor if you ask me. Better than Jim Brown at least.
Yeah James Brown did a nice soundtrack.
I liked how he wanted to use Joe the brain. He knew muscle and guns weren't the solution.
Also same with the Mack.
Young black men missed the point. He left town like he,came, on a greyhound bus. Gained hoes, then gained playa haters! Killed his momma? Best friend? And his brutha told him, u brought death to our house.
 
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Boogle McDougal

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It was Eddie Bunker's first proper paycheque as a writer.I think Hoffman bought it for 35k mate.
The book,"No Beast So Fierce" is great too.

And try this;

I've heard of Blue Collar, but I haven't got around to watching it. The first film directed by Paul Schrader. Interesting.

You seem to have a real taste for gritty 70's cinema, PTF. Keep 'em coming.