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Friday Foster (1975)

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At Los Angeles airport, magazine photographer Friday Foster witnesses an assassination attempt against billionaire Blake Tarr and is drawn into a murky political conspiracy.

Director:

Arthur Marks

Writers:

Orville H. Hampton (screenplay) (as Orville Hampton), Arthur Marks (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pam Grier ... Friday Foster
Yaphet Kotto ... Colt Hawkins
Godfrey Cambridge ... Ford Malotte
Thalmus Rasulala ... Blake Tarr
Eartha Kitt ... Madame Rena
Jim Backus ... Enos Griffith
Scatman Crothers ... Noble Franklin
Ted Lange ... Fancy Dexter
Tierre Turner ... Cleve
Paul Benjamin ... Sen. David Lee Hart
Jason Bernard ... Charles Foley
Ed Cambridge ... Lt. Jake Wayne (as Edmund Cambridge)
Julius Harris ... Monk Riley
Rosalind Miles Rosalind Miles ... Clorils Boston
Carl Weathers ... Yarbro
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Storyline

Friday Foster, an ex-model magazine photographer, goes to Los Angeles International airport to photograph the arrival of Blake Tarr, the richest black man in America. Three men attempt to assassinate Tarr. Foster photographs the melee and is plunged into a web of conspiracy involving the murder of her childhood friend, a US senator, and a shadowy plan called "Black Widow". Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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. . . and the company she's keepin' is mighty heavy! See more »

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Action

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1977 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Julius Harris and Yaphet Kotto starred together in Nothing But a Man (1964) and Live and Let Die (1973) See more »

Goofs

When Friday goes on assignment to photograph Blake Tarr's arrival in Los Angeles, the iconic Washington Dulles Airport terminal building is shown. See more »

Quotes

Ford Malotte: [to Friday] Take my advice stay out of it. Get laid have a baby or something.
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Referenced in Baadasssss Cinema (2002) See more »

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Pam Grier holds her own once again
11 November 2000 | by Casey-52See all my reviews

I'm sure many fans used to the action-packed Pam Grier flicks must have hated this film when it came out. FRIDAY FOSTER doesn't feature Grier kicking ass or cussing out a criminal, but does have a great cast, excellent acting by Grier, and a funky score.

Grier stars as Friday Foster (real name? who knows?!), a photojournalist who becomes involved in a scheme to kill off all the black leaders of the world. Chasing criminals, sleeping with politicians, and brushing elbows with hired assassins, Friday saves the day and solves the case in the end.

OK, no Pam Grier kicking ass. So what? Here, this is where Grier got her acting chops. While previously in films like BLACK MAMA, WHITE MAMA, COFFY & FOXY BROWN, Grier was just a vehicle for action, here she is given a vivid character to perform with and does a superb job. Besides Grier, there are plenty of other blaxploitation regulars to savor: Godfrey Cambridge as a gay suspect; Eartha Kitt as Madame Rena, a flamboyant dress designer (always fun to see her); Carl Weathers as a hired assassin; Thalmus Rasulala as the richest black man in the world; Yaphet Kotto as Friday's cop boyfriend (he's great!); Scatman Crothers as a dirty old man preacher (criminally underused); and "Gilligan's Island" regular Jim Backus in a cameo as a sleazy white politician. Also appearing is Tierre Turner, the annoying little kid from BUCKTOWN, as Friday's kid brother.

While FRIDAY FOSTER might not be action-packed and an excellent Grier action vehicle, blaxploitation doesn't get any better than this. I might even say this is Grier's best 70s film besides COFFY, if only because she does her best acting job here. Recommended.


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