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Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)

 -  Biography | Comedy | Drama  -  2 May 1986 (USA)
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After severely burning himself in a drug incident, a comedian has a near death experience in which he reviews his life.

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Jo Jo Dancer / Alter Ego
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Michelle
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Arturo
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Grace
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Dawn
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Satin Doll
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Scoey Mitchell ...
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Billy Eckstine ...
Johnny Barnett
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Alicia
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Cliff
E'Lon Cox ...
Little Jo Jo
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Detective Lawrence
J.J. Barry ...
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In this film that closely parallels his own life story, Richard Pryor plays Jo Jo Dancer, a popular stand-up comedian who has severely burned himself in a drug incident. As he lies unconscious in a hospital, his spiritual alter ego gets up and begins a journey of his own. He revisits his life, from growing up in a brothel as a child and struggling to beat the long odds to become a top rated comedian. However, his success brings new problems as he develops a tragic pattern of substance abuse that begins to screw up his life. All the while, Jo Jo's spirit watches these events and attempts to convince his past self to turn off from his path of self destruction. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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Richard Pryor's autobiographical film and his directorial debut. The movie was filmed in Los Angeles and in Peoria at the actual locations where much of the story takes place. See more »

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Now that he is dead...
12 December 2005 | by (Ann Arbor) – See all my reviews

...this movie resonates all the more of the difficult life he lived and the humor that somehow came out of it.

Pryor begins life as the son of a Prostitute, later turns his hyper energy into Theatre (thanks to a school teacher who he later gave his 1st Emmey to), turns to drug and alcohol addiction, is savagely burned during a bad freebase accident, is diagnosed with MS, is forced to spend his life in a wheelchair and throughout goes through many divorces. And the man is funny - what a genius (campare to Beethoven's life).

Props to Richard Pryor for sharing his life and also for being the 1st African-American comedian to take on 'race' and actually making it work.

Pryor was the Man!


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