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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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Grandmother
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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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Featured in Century of Black Cinema (2003) See more »

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For the Love of Money
Written by Kenny Gamble (as Kenneth Gamble), Leon Huff and Anthony Jackson
Performed by The O'Jays
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Like every other biography
12 April 2002 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

Thin, sketchy story; interesting and well enough done but, like all these life history films, too little in too small a space. Dancer aged twenty years in about fifteen minutes of stage routines, then he went through three wives in around sixty minutes. If one wants to know about Pryor, reading his bio would be a wiser choice.


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