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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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Most of this film was shot only on digital (Mini DV) camcorders, the kind you can buy at any electronics store. While this sacrificed quality, it allowed them to shoot with 15 cameras at a time, and it also allowed Spike Lee to get all the footage he needed shot within the film's modest budget. The only scenes shot on film were the "Mantan: The New Millennium Minstrel Show" sequences, which were shot on 16mm film. See more »

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Pierre Delacroix: Yes continue, great niggerologist.
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The credits roll over several "coon" collectable items that are wound-up. See more »

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Features Good Times (1974) See more »

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The Light
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Written by Common (as Lonnie Lynn), James 'Jay Dee' Yancey (as James Yancey),
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Performed by Common featuring Erykah Badu
Common appears Courtesy of MCA Records
Erykah Badu appears Courtesy of Motown Records
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Scary
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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