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Bamboozled (2000)

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A frustrated African-American TV writer proposes a blackface minstrel show in protest, but to his chagrin it becomes a hit.

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Dark, biting satire of the television industry, focusing on an Ivy-League educated black writer at a major network. Frustrated that his ideas for a "Cosby Show"-esque take on the black family has been rejected by network brass, he devises an outlandish scheme: reviving the minstrel show. The hook: instead of white actors in black face, the show stars black actors in even blacker face. The show becomes an instant smash, but with the success also come repercussions for all involved. Written by N. Cognito <nobody@noplace>

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Starring the great negroe actors

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Rated R for strong language and some violence | See all certifications »

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20 October 2000 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$190,720 (USA) (6 October 2000)

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$2,185,266 (USA) (17 November 2000)
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Spike Lee and Michael Rapaport share the same birthday, March 20th. See more »

Quotes

Pierre Delacroix: I don't want to have anything to do, with anything black, for at least a week
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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Blak Iz Blak
Written by Ron Lawrence, Yasiin Bey (as Dante Smith), Canibus (as Germaine Williams),
M.C. Serch (as Michael Berrin), Craig muMs Grant (as Craig Grant), Charli Baltimore (as Tiffany Lane),
, Gano Grills and DJ Scratch (as George Spivey)
Performed by Mau Maus
Featuring Yasiin Bey, Canibus, Charli Baltimore, M.C. Serch (as MC Serch),
DJ Scratch, Craig muMs Grant (as Mums) and Gano Grills
Mos Def appears Courtesy of MCA Records
MC Serch appears Courtesy of Serchlight/Warlock Records
Canibus appears Courtesy of Crazy World/Universal Records
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Great film directed by an awesome director
26 February 2007 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Director Spike Lee has a big quantity of people who love his movies and people who hate them.The people who critic him say his movies which contain a message about racism produce damage.The people who love his movies say that Lee gives that messages to remind the people the facts with the intention that they have not to repeat anymore.Personally,I think Lee is a unique and extraordinary director who makes films with a big stylistic and narrative impact.And,the best thing of all,Lee leaves the spectator thinking after watching his movies.Bamboozled is another great film directed by this awesome director.Bamboozled is a very powerful movie with brilliant dialogs.The performances are perfect.Damon Wayans is a great actor very natural and expressive.Jada Pinkett Smith is excellent on her role.Michael Rapaport is a brilliant actor and,here,he brings the best performance of his career.Bamboozled is a great,fun and totally intelligent film directed by an awesome director.


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