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Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)

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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Cast

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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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Mother
Scoey Mitchell ...
Father
Billy Eckstine ...
Johnny Barnett
Tanya Boyd ...
Alicia
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Cliff
E'Lon Cox ...
Little Jo Jo
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Detective Lawrence
J.J. Barry ...
Sal
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Storyline

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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The Role Of His Life. See more »


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2 May 1986 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$18,034,150 (USA)
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Writer-director Richard Pryor said that despite obvious links to his own experience, the film was not autobiographical: "I gave Jo Jo some of the emotional content of my life. Maybe more than I meant to. But an autobiography is a factual account with real people, places, names, events. "This isn't. Jo Jo goes through what I went through, yet it happens differently to him. Characters are combined from many people . . . many feelings". See more »

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Jo Jo Dancer: [to his wife as he gets on the bus] I'm gonna write you, I'm gonna write you.
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References Bustin' Loose (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

What's Going On
Written by Renaldo Benson, Al Cleveland (as Alfred Cleveland) and Marvin Gaye
Performed by Marvin Gaye
Courtesy of Motown Records
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Richard At His Best
26 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

I hadn't thought about this movie for some time. I was in this movie. I was a King County deputy (outside Seattle) at the time working off duty for set security on this movie and was invited to be in it. I am one of the two cops (the one with all the hair) at the end of the movie confronting Richard Pryor. It was very interesting being involved in this movie. I got to meet Cycely and Richard Pryor and actually small talk for a bit with them between scenes. As far as the movie itself - I enjoyed it. It is funny and actually touching in parts. There were parts of this movie that were redone at a later date to "soften" it up some for the new improved Pryor (after his accident). The kids in this movie were great and some of them were actually disabled to some degree. Yes, I agree it would be interesting to see how some of the kids are doing now..24 yrs later. By the way, I don't have all the hair anymore. It is interesting to watch a movie filmed in your home area. Watch this movie...it is worth it. Sherlock


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