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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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Little Jo Jo
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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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A comic with one eye on his audience and another eye on the truth. See more »


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2 May 1986 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,879,107, 4 May 1986

Gross USA:

$18,034,150
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2.35 : 1
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Richard Pryor said that his character's third wife, Michelle (Debbie Allen) was sensual, acerbic and every bit as willful as her husband: "She's played in the picture as one lady. But it took five women I've known, maybe ten, to create her." 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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Soundtracks

My Destiny
Produced by Arif Mardin, Philippe Saisse (as Phillipe Saisse) and Chaka Khan
Written and Performed by Chaka Khan
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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Good Bio, but not perfect
26 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

I found this film to be a really good depiction of Richard Pryor's life. But, I would've used the actual story of his life instead of using a fictional character to depict his life. Only a suggestion though Richard. But besides that, it is a great bio that has charm and laughs along the way (that later reminded me of Andy Kaufman's Man on the Moon). Trivia note- Pryor wrote, produced, directed (his first real film, though he directed Richard Pryor Here and Now) and starred in this film, which would be his last film to have writer, producer and director on his credits (he now has MS). A-


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