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The Monkey Hu$tle (1976)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | December 1976 (USA)
A new highway threatens a Chicago neighborhood, so to protest the residents throw a block party.

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Cast

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Daddy Foxx
Kirk Calloway ...
Baby 'D
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Player
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Tiny (as Donn Harper)
Lynn Caridine ...
Jan-Jan
Patricia McCaskill ...
Shirl
Lynn Harris ...
Sweet Potatoe
Rudy Ray Moore ...
Goldie
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Mama
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Win
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Vi
Fuddle Bagley ...
Mr. Molet
Frank Rice ...
The Black Knight
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Joe (as Carl Crudup)
Duchyll Martin Smith ...
Beatrice (as Duchyll Smith)
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A new highway threatens a Chicago neighborhood, so to protest the residents throw a block party.

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It ain't legal an it sure ain't safe...but it do seem worthwhile! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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December 1976 (USA)  »

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The Monkey Hustle  »

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In the beginning of the film, when Foxx steals the quart of milk, the carton is closed. While running across the street, the carton of milk is suddenly open when Foxx has not had sufficient time to open it. See more »

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References J.D.'s Revenge (1976) See more »

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A new highway threatens a Chicago neighborhood, so to protest the residents throw a block party.

Roger Ebert gave the film one-and-half stars (out of four), calling it a "good-hearted muddle" but opining that "they must have left half the script back in Hollywood." Ebert did note with pleasure that the film's business justified opening the balcony at the now-demolished Roosevelt Theater, where he had not sat in four years. He is spot-on here. The film never really seems to have a direction and just sort of meanders. This can work on occasion, but does not seem to here.

In 2009, "Black Dynamite" star and co-writer Michael Jai White cited "The Monkey Hu$tle" as a major influence, telling the Los Angeles Times, "It was just brash, unlike anything I'd ever seen... I remember these bigger-than-life characters, who reminded me of my uncles, and it was the first time I saw anything familiar in my life on the big screen." This adds a little weight to the film that it does not provide itself, as "Black Dynamite" is truly impressive.


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