In the original ''Superfly'' (1972), Priest, played by Ron O'Neal, was a coke pusher. In ''The Return of Superfly,'' Priest, played this time by Nathan Purdee, returns from France and becomes involved in a drug war between the Drug Enforcement Agency and the drug kings Priest once knew.
Priest is cleaner this time, but the new film is no more admirable than the first. It may be less so. The original was crude but had strength. The new sequel (there was another sequel in 1973) is even more crude than the first film and is never as strong.
Purdee is the only one who comes off well in this mishap. He deserves better, but so does everyone else in the film.
The plot, if you can call it that, has Priest fall into the hands of the DEA as soon as he arrives here. They want him to help them nail his former buddies, who are still dealing drugs.
Priest only wants to be left alone, but that isn't going to happen. When the pushers learn that Priest is in town, they suspect he is out to betray them, so they begin to kill every one around him.
The killing is endless, but then so is the movie, which at 97 minutes, seems hours longer. When it finally ends, it's a complete muddle. There are so many strings left dangling, you could fit a loom with them.
''The Return of Superfly,'' very loosely directed by Sig Shore, who produced the first film, may be seen at local theaters. Better hurry.
''The Return of Superfly''
* Priest, a former coke pusher, returns home from France and becomes involved in a drug war.
CAST: Nathan Purdee, Margaret Avery, Sam Jackson
DIRECTOR: Sig Shore
RATING: R (sex, nudity, language, violence)
RUNNING TIME: 97 minutes