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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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Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis ...
Himself - The Fugees (as Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis)
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Himself (as Chairman Fred Hampton Jr.)
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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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Untitled Dave Chappelle/Michel Gondry Project  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$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 »

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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 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Em High
Written by Kanye West (as Kanye Omari West), Talib Kweli (as Talib Kweli Greene),
Common (as Lonnie Rashid Lynn)
Performed by Kanye West featuring Talib Kweli and Common
Kanye West appears courtesy of Roc-A-Fella Records
Talib Kweli appears courtesy of Rawkus Entertainment
Common appears courtesy of Geffen Records
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Entertaining and thoughtful
13 September 2005 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

Saw "Block Party" at the Toronto Film Festival as a work-in-progress. You will laugh until your stomach hurts watching this film. Chappell's comedy provides the balance this film needs to serve as an entertaining reflection of the segregation and urban neglect the exists in America today. This message exists as the subtext, and sometimes bluntly, in the humour, interviews, and the music.

Michel Gondry did an amazing job capturing some rather beautiful images. In one shot, it lasted for only a few seconds, a beautiful young woman rocks out to Mos Def while perched on her boyfriend's shoulders.

Whether or not you're a fan of the music, it's hard not to be totally engrossed by this film. Plus Dave Chappell's in it!


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