This review is part of Smitty Werber Jagerman Jensen, a series examining movies that were #1.
Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip was #1 during the weekend of March 12-24, 1982, its debut weekend. This would be the only weekend it came in at #1.
What’s the pitch?
Richard Pryor was THE standup comic of the time, and this was his first film (and recorded album) since his bizarre freebasing/self-immolation "accident," which only raised his stature.
Why did people want to watch it?
It's Richard Pryor talking about how he set himself on fire while freebasing cocaine. The pitch sold itself.
How did it get to #1?
IT'S RICHARD PRYOR TALKING ABO-
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