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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sloan Hopkins (as Jada Pinkett-Smith)
Verna (as Gillian Iliana Waters)
Susan Batson ...
Mau Mau: Big Blak Afrika (Julius Hopkins) (as Mos Def)
M.C. Serch ...
Mau Mau: 1 / 16th Blak (as MC Serch)
Canibus ...
DJ Scratch ...


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 October 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

It's Showtime  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$2,185,266 (USA) (17 November 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The names of two characters are based on real performers of the past. "Mantan" came from Mantan Moreland and "Sleep 'n' Eat" was based on Willie Best, who was sometimes credited only as "Sleep 'n' Eat" in early films. See more »


Pierre Delacroix: As I bled to death, as my very life oozed out of me, all I could think of was something the great Negro James Baldwin had written. "People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become, and they pay for it, very simply, by the lives they lead."
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Crazy Credits

The credits roll over several "coon" collectable items that are wound-up. See more »


References Friends (1994) See more »


Just a Song
Written by Larry Muggerud (as DJ Muggs), T-Mo (as Robert Barnett), CeeLo Green (as Thomas Burton),
Big Gipp (as Cameron Gipp) and Khujo (as Willie Knighton)
Performed by Goodie Mob (as The Goodie Mob)
Courtesy of LaFace/Arista Records
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8 March 2002 | by (copenhagen, DK) – See all my reviews

Being white, and european, I'm not really sure about the point of this movie seen in an american perspective. But as a european it really opened my eyes to a strange fact: if your only knowledge about black America comes from television, you WOULD really think, that all afro-americans were gangsters, rappers or Urkel-like comedians, that is: stereotypes. You very rarely see an american show, or movie, where a black american is portrayed as a complex human being. And that really IS scary.

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