About the film

A new documentary about Richard Pryor is paired with a classic Detroit-set film that co-starred the legendary comedian 

“I Am Richard Pryor” examines the life of the mercurial actor-comic through interviews with Pryor’s family, those who worked with him and the comedians he influenced. Volatile yet vulnerable, crass but sensitive, streetwise and cocky, Pryor did not simply tell stories, he brought them to life and was considered a trailblazer for generations of comics. The film explores his unusually personal art that was a window into a vulnerable soul as well as the endless struggle to extend dignity and equality to all. 

In the 1978 crime drama “Blue Collar,” Pryor plays one of three Detroit auto plant workers who decide to steal from the safe of their union local, and in the process discover corruption among its officialsAlso starring Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Kotto, it’s the directorial debut of Paul Schrader, the Michiganborn writer-filmmaker who gained fame for penning movies like “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull.Michigan theatrical premiere for the documentary.


6 p.m. Sat., April 13
Redford Theatre

The documentary will play first, followed by the feature.

Film credits

‘I Am Richard Pryor’

Unrated; adult language and situations  
Year: 2019 
Run time: 1 hour35 minutes  
Director: Jesse James Miller  
Producers: Derik Murray, Paul Gertz, Kent Wingerak, Jennifer Lee Pryor, Frank Anderson, Steve Kotlowitz, Greg ZeschukJhod Cardinal, Jaimee Kosanke, Jon Slusser, Kevin Kay, David Reeder, Robert Pirooz, Peter Scarth, Derik Murray 
Editor: Graham Kew

‘Blue Collar’

Unrated; adult language and situations
Year: 1978
Run time: 1 hour, 54 minutes
Director: Paul Schrader
Producers: Robin French, Don Guest, David Nichols
Editor: Tom Rolf