Willie Dynamite (Roscoe Orman – yes, Gordon from Sesame Street!) is a flamboyant but down-on-his-luck New York pimp. His pimpmobile – a tricked-out metallic purple and gold 1971 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado with chrome pipes on the side and a leopard skin interior (customised for the film at a cost of $10,000 by Winfield Car Special Projects) – is constantly getting towed, his seven girls are all getting busted, he’s been arrested on suspicion of armed robbery – *and* he’s being audited.
But Willie D is determined to be the number one pimp in the city. Meanwhile, ex-hooker social worker Cora (Diana Sands) – “consider me a consumer protection agency” – is trying to bring him down and change his ways for the better.
Aiding Cora in her endeavours is her boyfriend, Robert Daniels (Thalmus Rasulala), who happens to be the assistant District Attorney.
Meanwhile, the top man, Bell (Roger Robinson), is determined to remain number one, which clashes violently with Wilie’s determination to make it to the top.
Closing in from other corners are policemen Pointer (Albert Hall) and Celli (George Murdock) with a steady barrage of harassment.
Rather than a linear story, Willie Dynamite is really a loosely connected collection of vignettes. There’s no nudity and little violence, but it’s a fast-paced, camp and very entertaining Blaxploitation romp.
The outfits are also a treat and definitely some of the most ridiculous ever seen in the genre.
Sadly, this was to be Diana Sands’s last film (although Honey Baby, Honey Baby was released after Willie Dynamite it was filmed first) as she succumbed to Leiomyosarcoma in September 1973, aged just 39.
Mary Charlotte Wilcox