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Block Party -- Join funnyman Dave Chappelle as he travels through the heartland passing out invitations to the event of the decade in this wild comedy featuring outrageous laughs and hot music.
Block Party -- A mix of Dave Chappelle's sketch comedy and musical interludes, inspired in part by the 1973 documentary Wattstax.

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Release Date:
3 March 2006 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
You're invited to the party of the decade! See more »
Plot:
A mix of Dave Chappelle's sketch comedy and musical interludes, inspired in part by the 1973 documentary Wattstax. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Woodstock? no. When We Were Kings. See more (69 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Dave Chappelle ... Himself - Host
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Erykah Badu ... Herself

Isaac ben Ayala ... Isaac ben Ayala

Yasiin Bey ... Himself (as Mos Def)
Bilal ... Himself (as Bilal Oliver)
Lil' Cease ... Himself - Bed-Stuy
Cody ChesnuTT ... Himself

Keyshia Cole ... Herself

Common ... Himself
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

Lauryn Hill ... Herself - The Fugees
Leonard 'Hub' Hubbard ... Himself - The Roots
Darren Hymes ... Himself - 'Mr. T.'

Wyclef Jean ... Himself - The Fugees

Big Daddy Kane ... Himself

Talib Kweli ... Himself

John Legend ... Himself

Martin Luther ... Himself

Pras Michel ... Himself - The Fugees (as Prakazrel 'Pras' Michel)
Pharoahe Monch ... Himself
Dead Prez ... Themselves
Kool G. Rap ... Himself
The Roots ... Themselves

Jill Scott ... Herself

Ahmir-Khalib Thompson ... Himself (as Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson)
Tariq Trotter ... Himself - The Roots (as Tariq 'Black Thought' Trotter)

Kanye West ... Himself
Arthur Wood ... Himself
Cynthia Wood ... Herself
J. Cole ... Himself (uncredited)

Michel Gondry ... Himself (voice) (uncredited)
Silawn Lewis ... Herself (uncredited)

Tiffany Limos ... Herself (uncredited)

Directed by
Michel Gondry 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dave Chappelle 

Produced by
Mustafa Abuelhija .... producer
Skot Bright .... executive producer
Dave Chappelle .... producer
Julie Fong .... producer
Marcienne Friesland .... segment producer: second unit, Ohio
Callum Greene .... co-producer
Robert Katz .... co-producer
Doug Levine .... executive producer
Greg Manocherian .... executive producer
Bob Yari .... producer
 
Original Music by
Cory Smith 
 
Cinematography by
Ellen Kuras 
 
Film Editing by
Jeff Buchanan 
Sarah Flack 
Jamie Kirkpatrick 
 
Production Design by
Lauri Faggioni 
 
Art Direction by
Pete Zumba 
 
Costume Design by
Whitney Kyles 
 
Makeup Department
Qodi Armstrong .... hair stylist (as Willie 'Cody' Armstrong)
Randy 'Bush' Brody .... hair production assistant
Randy 'Bush' Brody .... makeup production assistant
Francesca Buccellato .... makeup artist (as Francesca Buccellatto)
Mary Cooke .... key hair stylist (as Mary Cook)
Anita Gibson .... key makeup artist
Steve Hammond .... barber: Mr. Chappelle
Donyale McRae .... makeup artist: Mr. Chappelle
 
Production Management
Callum Greene .... production manager
Robert Katz .... executive in charge of production
Samara Levenstein .... post-production supervisor
John Portnoy .... post-production executive
Janice Williams .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aaron D. Forste .... additional second assistant director
Sarah Rae Garrett .... second second assistant director
Amy Lynn .... second assistant director
Doug Torres .... first assistant director
Adam T. Weisinger .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Zach Baylin .... art production assistant
Maus Drechsler .... property master
Adam Goodnoff-Cernese .... leadman
Jeremy O'Keefe .... art production assistant
 
Sound Department
Antonio L. Arroyo .... sound mixer
Jeremy Balko .... adr recordist
Paul Bang .... sound mixer
Shaun Cunningham .... sound effects editor
Brent Findley .... assistant sound editor
Nick Hammond .... boom operator
Scott Hinkley .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Chad J. Hughes .... sound effects editor
Chris Kellet .... sound mixer
Cody King .... assistant sound editor
Richard Kitting .... foley editor
Jeff Livesey .... sound mixer
Brian Miksis .... sound mixer: A1
Andrew Morgado .... foley mixer
Bryan Pennington .... consultant: Dolby film sound
Vic Radulich .... sound editor
Mark Roy .... sound mixer
Gary Silver .... sound mixer
William Tzouris .... sound mixer
William Tzouris .... supervising sound mixer
David F. Van Slyke .... supervising sound editor
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
Karl Wasserman .... boom operator
 
Visual Effects by
Chris Gelles .... visual effects exective producer: & Company
David Isyomin .... visual effects supervisor: & Company
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Agliata .... camera operator
Matt Balzarini .... second assistant camera
Lance Bangs .... camera operator
Lance Bangs .... director of photography: second unit
David E. Baron .... first assistant camera
Braden Belmonte .... first assistant camera
Ethan Borsuk .... assistant camera
Terrence Laron Burke .... grip
Lamont Crawford .... key grip
Carmen Cárdenas .... camera production assistant
Gregg de Domenico .... film loader
Jon Delgado .... additional gaffer
Robert DiGiacomo .... assistant camera
Chris Drechsler .... electrician
T.G. Firestone .... assistant camera
Morris Flam .... gaffer
Clay Liversidge .... lighting board operator
Clay Liversidge .... rigging gaffer
Adam Miller .... film loader
Chris Norr .... camera operator
Christopher Raymond .... assistant camera
Chris Reynolds .... first assistant camera
Chris Saddler .... camera production assistant
Debbie Stampfle .... assistant camera
Stephanie Zimmer .... camera production assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Whitney Kyles .... stylist: Mr. Chappelle
 
Editorial Department
Angela Beresford .... post-production coordinator
Jamie Kirkpatrick .... second editor
Scot Olive .... colorist
Charlie Wiel .... post-production coordinator
Lawrence Howard Williams .... post digital media operator
Alex Yalakidis .... assistant editor
Mike Trinker .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Christine Bergren .... additional music clearance
James Flatto .... music editor
Katherine Gordon Miller .... music assistant
Michael Parlett .... musician
Corey Smyth .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Raffi Adlan .... assistant: Mr. Gondry
Abby Bailey .... first assistant accountant
Daniela Barbosa .... production assistant
Elizabeth A. Bell .... vice president of business and legal affairs
Jonathan Bernier .... production assistant
Ben Biscotti .... audience producer
Scott Bowers .... production assistant
George Bunce .... 2K conform
Kenneth Chu .... production assistant
Li-Wei Chu .... assistant: Ms. Fong
Rob Crawford .... audience producer
Kat Donahue .... assistant location manager
Andrew Fiero .... production assistant
Melissa Gelernter .... travel coordinator
Kelli Gillam .... post-production accountant
Flax Glor .... publicist
Alice Goguen .... production assistant
Rick Gold .... assistant: Mr. Sacker (as Richard Gold)
Andrea Hanson .... assistant: Mr. Yari
Richard Kathlean .... assistant: Ellen Kuras
Camilla Lawlor .... assistant: Mr. Glasser
Matthew Mason .... set production assistant
Jason Messeri .... production assistant
Tony Muro .... publicist
Midori Nishijima .... assistant: Mr. Smyth
Nichole Patxot .... production assistant
Anthony Pettine .... script supervisor
Jarin Rossiter .... assistant: Ms. Bell
Sally Steele .... publicist
Shelly Strong .... production executive
Daniel Stutz .... senior vice president of business and legal affairs (as Dan Stutz)
Amy R. Trachtman .... assistant production coordinator
Gayle Vangrofsky .... location manager
Ian Watermeier .... production executive
Deborah Wettstein .... finance executive
Whitney J. Willard .... production accountant
Todd Williams .... production executive
Catherine Zappa .... assistant: Mr. Stutz
 
Thanks
Betsy Beale .... the producers wish to thank
Neal Brennan .... thanks (as Neal)
Jean Lane .... the producers wish to thank
Paul Snyder .... the producers wish to thank
James 'Jay Dee' Yancey .... dedicatee (as J Dilla aka Jay Dee)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dave Chappelle's Block Party" - Canada (English title) (festival title), International (English title), USA (complete title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language
Runtime:
103 min | Canada:100 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Concertgoers had to register on-line, then were told to meet at a secret location in the Chinatown section of Manhattan. From there, they were bussed to the concert location, which was also kept secret. The majority of the acts that would be appearing were also kept secret from the concertgoers. Admission to the concert was free.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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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Movie Connections:
References "Good Times" (1974)See more »
Soundtrack:
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Woodstock? no. When We Were Kings., 9 June 2006
Author: redizdead from United Kingdom

Some have said that Michel Gondry directed this documentary (this is not a movie) like their grandfather would have done with a mini-DV camera. Well, man, I'd like to meet your grandfather.

For those of you who don't know "When We Were Kings", it's time to watch it. Because both this documentaries are about the same thing. Of course I wouldn't say Block Party is as good, nor as powerful as when we were kings. But the purpose is the same: try to unite black people on one event, try to make them realise that even when you're black and coming from a poor neighbourhood, you can do something of your life without only blaming the white man for your condition.

Of course, at the time When We Were Kings was shot, Mobutu was Zaire's Dictator, and the movie was financed by Liberian producers, who mostly owned their money from selling diamonds coming from Sierra Leone, exchanged against AK-47's and other weapons. Therefore the omnipotent contradiction hidden behind the Black condition, and even mankind in general, but it has hurt black people much more: people trying to do good, and others getting money out of it with no rules or respect for anything or anyone.

So, for once, here in Block Party, it's something done for fun, not for money, but also for ideas, with representatives of this movement we don't see enough: Not only people AGAINST something or someone, but FOR a change, using the power that is present in this population. And Michel Gondry, who is a GREAT director, filmed this in the same way When We Were Kings was shot. Camera in hand, close-ups, rough cuts, interviews over the music, same kind of music, same kind of people. Showing the poverty, and showing there's hope. It's not a masterpiece to me, but a good documentary. And of course, if you don't like hip-hop it's hard to like it. I'm a huge fan of ALL the artist on this movie, I would have made exactly the same programmation if I had been in control!

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