Dolemite is a pimp who was set up by Willie Greene and the cops, who have planted drugs, stolen furs, and guns in his trunk and got him sentenced to 20 years in jail. One day, Queen B and a...
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Raymond St. Jacques,
Dolemite is a pimp who was set up by Willie Greene and the cops, who have planted drugs, stolen furs, and guns in his trunk and got him sentenced to 20 years in jail. One day, Queen B and a warden planned to get him out of Jail and get Willie Green and Mitchell busted for what they did to him. However, Dolemite is no stupid man and has a lot of warriors backing him, such as his call girls, who are Karate Experts--and lots more.... Written by
Ali Jordana M/kungfulay19
The Jerry Jones-penned script called for a "penny hustler," but Rudy Ray Moore and Jones were unable to find the perfect actor to fill the role (either through Moore's acquaintances or Jone's acting class students - in other words, most of the supporting cast of the film). After filming began, Moore and Jones were traveling down Western Avenue in Los Angeles, and spotted the exact type of character they were looking for hustling on the street. They pulled over, Jones got out and talked to the man, and Vanius Rackstraw (an actual penny hustler) was hired as "The Creeper / Hamburger Pimp" on the spot. See more »
Boom mic visible in many shots of original Xenon VHS / DVD transfer from the 1980s. This was due to an error in transferring from the original film to videotape: The film was originally transferred without the proper ratio "gate" of 1.85:, thus revealing more of the top and bottom of the frame than was originally intended by the film makers (and, revealing the boom mic in the process in many shots).
The 2016 Vinegar Syndrome Bluray release was re-transferred from an archive print of the film, at the proper ratio, so the boom mics are now hidden in many shots. However, since the boom mics have become a cultural staple of "Dolemite" over time, the Bluray release also includes a "boom mic" version of the new transfer, intentionally revealing the boom mics once again for comedic effect. See more »
The blaxploitation genre certainly produced some bizarre oddities that's for sure. Dolemite is firmly in this category. On a technical level its appalling, with bad camera work, acting, action and story. The boom mic is visible so often that it really deserves a mention in the credits. But these considerations are ultimately irrelevant. In fact, the sheer scale of the cinematic incompetence is certainly one of the actual joys of the movie. The film-makers just didn't care and seemingly knocked this one out with little concern for such matters.
The rough and ready style of Dolemite kind of seems appropriate though, given the nature of the central character, who is a super-shady bad mutha in a pimp suit. This character, Dolemite, spends most of the film swearing in creative ways. His routines are like proto-rap and seem to have influenced hip-hop culture. The movie is really a superb time-capsule flick. The insane fashions and jive talk are all almost alien in their bizarreness now. While the movie sports various other strange characters such as Reverend Gibbs, the mayor and the Hamburger Pimp. The latter of which actually appears to be out of his head on something or other I don't think this bloke was really acting! There's also an extended scene near the end in a nightclub that really has to be seen to be believed. It has a priceless performance from a soul act and a crazy dance routine with some guy battering hell out of a drum-kit, it then climaxes with Dolemite's swearing rap thing. It's strange, like the movie in general. This may be super-trashy but it's highly original. It's yet another example of why the 70's ruled when it came to movies.
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