Richard Pryor, playing three different roles, stars in one the craziest madcap movies of all time. Leroy Jones (Pryor), a poor orange picker, mistakenly joins a labor strike against his employer and is promptly fired. Forced to leave his wife and family behind – which also includes Leroy’s father (also played by Pryor), Leroy heads to Los Angeles where he meets and falls in love with a beautiful labor organizer, Vanetta. Splitting time between his wife Annie Mae and his new mistress, Leroy finds out that the Reverend Lenox Thomas (also played by Pryor) got his wife pregnant while he was absent. Leroy then make the moves on the reverend’s wife.
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In the waning days of Prohibition, Sugar Ray (Richard Pryor) and his adopted son, Quick (Eddie Murphy), run a speakeasy called Club Sugar Ray. When gangster Bugsy Calhoune (Michael Lerner) learns that Sugar Ray’s place is pulling in more money than his own establishment, the Pitty Pat Club, he pays corrupt cop Phil Cantone (Danny Aiello) to close Club Sugar Ray down. Quick doesn’t exactly help the situation when he falls for Calhoune’s gun moll, Miss Dominique La Rue (Jasmine Guy).