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Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2005)

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

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

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Untitled Dave Chappelle/Michel Gondry Project  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,214,723, 5 March 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,694,528, 2 April 2006
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Trivia

Dave Chappelle funded this project with his own money. 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 »

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Dave Chappelle: That was "'Round Midnight" I was playing. That's the Thelonious Monk song. One of my favorite musicians, 'cause his timing was so ill. Every comedian is a stickler for timing, and Thelonious Monk was off time, yet perfectly on time. You should study it. If you're an aspiring comedian, or an aspiring musician, you should study it. Which brings me to my next point. Comedians and musicians were like this:
[interlocks fingers]
Dave Chappelle: . Every comic wants to be a musician. Every musician thinks they're funny...
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Connections

References The A-Team (1983) See more »

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Back in the Day
Written by Erykah Badu, James Jason Poyser, Rashad Smith, Audrie Maggett, Pat Vidas,
Joy Grand
Performed by Erykah Badu
Erykah Badu appears courtesy of Motown Records
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One of the greatest movies yet this year
4 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

this movie was outrageously funny due to the brilliant comic Dave Chappelle. This movie also features great music and entertainment. But if you think this movie is full of Dave Chappelles wild skits like on the Chappelle Show, ill let you know right now its not. Its a documentary about him putting this Block Party together. While it does have his amazing comic brilliance in it, it is MOSTLY filled with great music. Still I loved this movie for all its aspects, the Music, the jokes, the stories, and the entertainment. With Musical talent including Mos Deff, Kanye West, The Roots, Dead Prez, the Commons, a reunion of The Fugees, and much much more, this is a must see. So many of the movies that are put into theaters are not worth your 8-10 dollars, this one is. BUT go see it knowing that its not the Chappelle Show.


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