Sunday, July 27, 2014
Movie Ad of the Week: HANGUP / SUPER DUDE (1975)
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Henry Hathaway made a lot of films during his 50+ years in Hollywood but only one of them played ‘The Deuce’ under two different titles for almost a decade and then disappeared from sight: HANGUP (1974) a.k.a. SUPER DUDE, the Oscar nominated director’s final film, which hasn’t been seen in New York since it played as the co-feature to THE FINAL TERROR at the 42nd Street Apollo Theatre in May 1984!
A homicide investigation centered around poisoned heroin puts black rookie cop Ken Ramsey (William Elliott) back in touch with his high school crush, the beautiful Julie Turner (Marki Bey), now a junkie prostitute. With his job on the line, Ramsey sets out to destroy Richards (Michael Lerner), the drug-dealing pimp responsible for hooking Julie on smack and turning her out.
After an aborted release through Warner Brothers in 1974 and a disappointing run at New York's infamous Cine 42 in late January of '75, the film was sold off to Dimension Pictures, who rechristened it SUPER DUDE and brought it back to the Big Apple on June 13, 1975 with BOSS NIGGER as its second feature in most theaters.