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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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Isaac ben Ayala
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Bilal ...
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Cody ChesnuTT ...
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Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis ...
Himself - The Fugees (as Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis)
Fugees ...
Themselves
Alice Goguen ...
Herself - Ohio
James 'Kamal' Gray ...
Himself - The Roots
Fred Hampton Jr. ...
Himself (as Chairman Fred Hampton Jr.)
Kool Herc ...
Himself
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Storyline

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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Dave Chappelle's Block Party  »

Box Office

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

This was the first time Fugees (Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Pras Michel) performed together in seven years. 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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Connections

Referenced in Kingdom of the Vampire (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Umi Says
Written by Yasiin Bey (as Dante Smith)
Performed by Yasiin Bey featuring Talib Kweli, Common and Fred Hampton Jr. (as Chairman Fred Hampton,
Jr.)
Mos Def appears courtesy of Geffen Records
Talib Kweli appears courtesy of Rawkus Entertainment
Common appears courtesy of Geffen Records
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A movie about a dream coming to fruition. I dug it
4 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Seeing this picture after a Hard night of partying, I had few expectations. But the laughs I had at the beginning of the movie set the tone for the rest of the picture. I just recently became a Chappelle fan, having only heard his comedy on Satellite radio. But I thought this movie was a nice blend of street and situational comedy, and I couldn't take my eyes off the circa. 1972 afro that Quest was sporting. It was poetry in motion.

I was not very knowledgeable about a few of the groups in the movie but I thought the concert scenes were great, and was in awe of the sheer musical ability of the featured groups; so much so, that I stopped and picked up a Jill Scott CD for my ride home.

You will laugh at the comedy scenes but this movie is not really about making you laugh. It seems to be a cross-cultural primer using comedy, music and just general conversation, to give all of us a small look into each other's world.


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