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A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)

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A black detective becomes embroiled in a web of danger while searching for a fortune in missing drug money.During the course of his investigation, he encounters various old connections, ... See full summary »
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Peaches (as Jada Pinkett)
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Angela (as Salli Richardson)
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Luis (as Gary Cervantes)
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Chun Yung Fat (as Craig Ryan Ng)
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A black detective becomes embroiled in a web of danger while searching for a fortune in missing drug money.During the course of his investigation, he encounters various old connections, ultimately confronting the criminal responsible for Shame's expulsion from the force. He must also deal with two women, Angela, a beautiful old flame, and Peaches, his energetic but annoying sidekick. Written by Anonymous

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He's armed and dangerously funny.

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for violence, strong language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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23 November 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$29,392,418 (USA)
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Trivia

Though it's never spoken in the film, Shame's first name as written in the screenplay is Andre; it can be seen on the check he receives in the beginning of the film. See more »

Goofs

After the bad guys try to kill Shame while he is driving the jeep, he uses the jeeps 4 wheel drive to drive over their car from front to back. He then backs his jeep into the back of their car. He pulls forward, so he can ram them again. And suddenly the bad guys car has turned 90 degrees to the right. Shame then backs into the side of their car sending them rolling off the cliff. Before he backs into them for the second time, they should have still been rear to rear. See more »

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Shame: Salt-N-Pepa must had a garage sale.
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References Good Times (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

SHORT SHORT MAN
Written by Charlie Babie and Manfred Mohr
Performed by 20 Fingers featuring Gillette
Mixed by J.J. Flores
Courtesy of SOS Records
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If you take this seriously then you're totally missing the point!
24 February 2006 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

A Low Down Dirty Shame is really no more than all the most familiar Cop movie clichés arranged in an order that makes a barely cohesive story. But it's all the fun and silly action that occurs in between that really matters! It's a bit like The Last Boy Scout from a spoof-blaxploitation angle.

Shame (Keenan Ivory Wayans) is a former cop who has been blackballed after a major drugs bust went awry, leaving several DEA agents dead. He now works as a private detective, taking on suicide missions for peanuts and barely scraping by. His disapproving secretary Peaches (a very funny and very, very small Jada Pinkett) wants him to get his act together but he's too busy wallowing in self-pity.

His old pal from the DEA shows up and offers him a side mission to help get back at the Drug Kingpin who ruined his career. And so, with only a few clues, Shame begins his search and soon all roads lead to lies and deception. Like I said, the plot is certainly nothing special. But it does contain a helluva lot of laughs and decent action.

The one thing I can complain of is that the production design is kind of dated now. Action films have evolved so much in the past decade that watching ALDDS 12 years on can be a bit distracting. Wayans (who also directs as well as writing and starring) too often shoots non-actions scenes like a sitcom and his light-hearted editing may help remind you that this totally AIN'T a serious film but it's a little TV-ish if you know what I mean.

If you find ALDDS for cheap somewhere or if it's showing on TV then don't con yourself out of a fun movie. High art is not what this film aims to be.


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