Friday Foster

Friday Foster

Director: Arthur Marks Cast: Pam Grier, Yaphet Kotto, Godfrey Cambridge

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Overview

A woman looking for adventure finds romance, excitement and danger in her viewfinder in this action-packed comedy-drama. Friday Foster (Pam Grier) is a beautiful and ambitious young photographer who is working as an assistant at Glance Magazine, edited by the hard-boiled Monk Riley (Julius Harris). When Riley can't get in touch with his first-call photographer, he calls Foster with a very important New Year's Eve assignment -- reclusive billionaire Blake Tarr (Thalmus Rasulala), often called "the black Howard Hughes", is expected to be coming to Los Angeles, and Riley wants pictures of Tarr's arrival. But Foster gets more than she bargained for when Tarr is ambushed by a gang of assassins disguised as security guards. The next day, Foster is helping to shoot a fashion show introducing new creations from flamboyant designer Madame Rena (Eartha Kitt) when Clorils Boston (Rosalind Miles), a model who has known Friday since childhood, is stabled to death. Colt Hawkins (Yaphet Kotto), a private detective who is on the scene, offers to help Friday track down Clorils' killer after she notices that the same mysterious man (Carl Weathers) was present at both crimes. Foster and Hawkins discover the two killings are connected by a plot hatched by an underground group called "Black Widow" to kill off powerful and influential African-Americans. But who is behind the conspiracy, and can they be stopped in time? Also starring Godfrey Cambridge, Paul Benjamin, Scatman Crothers and Ted Lange, Friday Foster was based on the comic strip by Jim Lawrence and Jorge Longeron; running from 1970 to 1974, it was the first syndicated strip with an African-American woman as the leading character.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2015
UPC: 0887090100908
Original Release: 1975
Rating: R
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:30:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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 Rev. Noble Franklin
Ted Lange Fancy Dexter
Tierre Turner Cleve
Paul Benjamin Sen. David Lee Hart
Julius Harris Actor
Carl Weathers Actor

Technical Credits
Arthur Marks Director,Original Story,Producer
Bodie Chandler Score Composer,Songwriter
Luchi de Jesus Score Composer
Stanley Frazen Editor
Orville H. Hampton Screenwriter
Harry May Cinematographer
Chuck Stroud Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Friday Foster
1. Chapter 1 [6:17]
2. Chapter 2 [15:27]
3. Chapter 3 [14:17]
4. Chapter 4 [12:59]
5. Chapter 5 [10:06]
6. Chapter 6 [12:19]
7. Chapter 7 [11:13]
8. Chapter 8 [7:31]

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Friday Foster 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 'Friday Foster' Grier is getting even closer to 'Cleopatra Jones' territory, but without the fun and style of that movie or its sequel. I was slightly disappointed when I saw it because it didn’t deliver the typical kick a$$ madness you normally get from a Pam Grier movie! The storyline is tame, the forced political correctness is only pesky and the whole stuff lacks in violence and sex, so prepare for blaxploitation in its mildest form! In here we have Pam Grier, as Friday- a magazine photographer, who is given the assignment of covering the airport arrival of the richest black man in America. But Friday gets more than she bargained for as this routine assignment turns into an assassination attempt. Because Friday was able to get some shots of the would be killers, her life is in danger. Soon, everywhere she goes, people end up dead. Friday's investigations lead her to corrupt government officials, a renowned preacher with an eye for more than the Bible, and something called The Black Widow. Pam Grier is convincing in the lead, but not as tough as “Coffy" or "Foxy Brown"! This movie actually has one of the best supporting casts of any blaxploitation film, but fails to hold up on its end. If you want to be entertained somehow watch out for the performances of genre greats like Yaphet Kotto plays Grier's detective buddy, and Julius Harris is her boss. Plus there's Scatman Crothers ('Black Belt Jones'), Thalmus Rasulala ('Blacula'), Godfrey Cambridge ('Cotton Comes To Harlem'), Paul Benjamin ('Across 110th Street') and Carl Weathers ('Rocky'), as well as Eartha Kitt who is a hoot as a flamboyant fashion designer, Isaac the bartender from 'The Love Boat' (Ted Lange) and even inexplicably 'Gilligan's Island's Thurston Howell III (Jim Backus)! This film does have some lighthearted tone in comparison to her other films. That's not to say there aren't plenty of killings, but it never feels as depressing, downbeat, or serious as something like “Coffy.” It's a nice change of pace to see Grier laughing and joking with Kotto in many of the film's scenes. The action scenes are good and funny at the same time. One of my personal favorites is the rooftop chase with Kotto and Weathers and the second being the fashion show. The fashion line up was just as crazy because the models showed no form of expression going down the runway while doing a form a vogue-dance that sort of scared me a bit while maintaining a zombie like expression across their face, you have to see it in order to understand it. I'm a fan of 70s Blaxplotation because it reminds me of my parents era and fashion sense, gotta love them. As I stated before “Friday Foster” may not be a spectacular film but it’s still welcome in my movie collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great performance by Pam Grier.