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Block Party (2005)

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A mix of Dave Chappelle's sketch comedy and musical interludes, inspired in part by the 1973 documentary Wattstax.

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Dave Chappelle presents a Brooklyn neighborhood with its very own once-in-a-lifetime free block party. In addition to Chappelle, the roster of artists includes Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Dead Prez, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, the Roots, Cody ChesnuTT, Big Daddy Kane, and - reunited for their first performance in over seven years - the Fugees. Includes private rehearsals footage and Chappelle in the small Ohio town he calls home, where he wanders through town handing out golden tickets to invite several dozen citizens to join the party, providing transportation and lodging for their visit to Brooklyn. Ohio's Central State University marching band makes the trip and kicks off the festivities at the intersection of Quincy and Downing Streets. A diverse crowd and Chappelle's freestyle wit guides them (and us) through a celebration of music and comedy, history and community. Written by Focus Features

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The world's hottest comedian invites you to the party of the decade See more »


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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3 March 2006 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,214,723 (USA) (3 March 2006)

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$11,694,528 (USA) (31 March 2006)
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Trivia

The actual concert was shot on Downing Street in Brooklyn, NY on September 18, 2004. The scenes in Ohio leading up to the concert were shot three days in advance. See more »

Goofs

Dave Chappelle's main reason for holding the block party in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn was because, he says, that hip-hop originated there. However, hip-hop really originated in the South Bronx and spread to the other sections of New York soon afterward. See more »

Quotes

Dave Chappelle: Did you hear the one about the industrious prostitute?
Mos Def: No, Dave.
Dave Chappelle: She had a vagina implanted on her hip.
Mos Def: Why, Dave?
Dave Chappelle: So she could make some money on the side!
Dave Chappelle: BAM!
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Featured in Inside the Actors Studio: Dave Chappelle (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Nappy Heads
Written by Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, Pras (as Pras Michel), Rashad Mohammed
Performed by Fugees
This composition contains a sample of "I Can Hear Nothing But the Blues"
Written by Albert King
a sample of "I Think About You"
Written by Clentonia Scott and a sample of "Heaven at Once", Kool & The Gang
The Fugees appear courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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a piece of music history
18 June 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie is One of a kind, it created a magic that most films will never achieve. It is filled with some incredible performances and the first appearance of the Fugees in almost ten years. If Lauren Hill's performance doesn't move you then you must be a robot because that women is a goddess. I think Block Party will be looked back upon and be remembered as one of the greatest moments for music in the new millennium. This will go down in the books as one of the greatest Music documentary's of all time right alongside Woodstock. It is also fun to watch Dave continue his racial commentary on today's society. I loved Block Party and will recommend this movie to everyone I know.


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