Richard Pryor: Live in Concert

Richard Pryor: Live in Concert

(1979)

78min
18 Certificate
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Our Score
This is the first and best of comic Richard Pryor's stand-up movies, filmed in front of a live audience in Long Beach, California, in 1979, and the electrifying atmosphere is more rock concert than comedy club. Freed from the constraints of the TV censors, Pryor lets rip with a torrent of scatological observations that, as ever, draw on aspects of his turbulent private life, from the punishments meted out by his strict father ("Go stand in the middle of the street while I start the car") to his own well-publicised brushes with the law. His relaxed, foul-mouthed approach has the audience in fits - and allows him to skip effortlessly from dirty joke to spot-on mimicry to scalpel-sharp dissection of the taboos surrounding race and sex in the US.

Summary

Recording of the controversial comedian in an acclaimed performance at Long Beach, California, in 1979, which was the first-ever stand-up routine filmed for cinema release. The comic shares his thoughts on what animals think of humans, race relations in America and his own troubled life, including an account of his first heart attack.

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Richard Pryor Richard Pryor

Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Contains swearing. Available on: Available on video and DVD

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