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Dave Chappelle's 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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Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis ...
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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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You're invited 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

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: [in a freestyle emceeing battle with a random fan] Your shirt says Free Tibet... ain't no niggas in Tibet!
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References The Richard Pryor Show (1977) See more »

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Round Midnight
Written by Bernard Hanighen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams
Performed by Dave Chappelle
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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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