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Shot without permits. The crew wore UCLA t-shirts so they could pass themselves off as students learning how to film in the field.
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Robert Townsend put US$40,000 of the film's US$100,000 budget on ten personal credit cards. He got free film stock by splicing together leftovers from the production of Odd Jobs (1986) and Ratboy (1986). The 17 days of shooting were spread over two years, between Townsend's tours as a stand-up comedian.
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John Witherspoon improvised the "ho-cake" monologue.
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In the "Death of a Breakdancer" segment, Townsend's character is a film noir private eye named Sam Ace. This is an obvious reference to Sam Spade, a classic film noir private eye once played by Humphrey Bogart.
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At the end of the film, Robert Townsend plays a flying black superhero. Six years later, he would star in The Meteor Man (1993), about a flying black superhero.
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