Directed by Paul Schrader • 1978 • United States
Starring Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel, Yaphet Kotto
Paul Schrader’s hard-nosed directorial debut features searing performances by comic great Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel, and Yaphet Kotto. Fed up with the indignities of factory work, three disgruntled autoworkers band together to rob the local office of their corrupt labor union. What at first appears to be a disappointing haul gives way to opportunity and danger when they realize they now hold blackmail material against their crooked reps. A work of remarkable power, this gritty, darkly comic look at working-class rage is one of the great American films of the 1970s.