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Dolemite (1975)

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After he is released from jail, a pimp takes on the criminals and corrupt police officers who framed him in the first place.

Director:

D'Urville Martin

Writers:

Jerry Jones (screenplay), Rudy Ray Moore (original adaptation) (as R.R. Moore)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rudy Ray Moore ... Dolemite
D'Urville Martin ... Willie Green
Jerry Jones Jerry Jones ... Blakeley
Lady Reed Lady Reed ... Queen Bee
Brenda DeLong Brenda DeLong ... Dolemite Girl
Terri Mosley Terri Mosley ... Dolemite Girl
Marilyn Shaw Marilyn Shaw ... Dolemite Girl
Lynell Smith Lynell Smith ... Dolemite Girl
Vera Howard Vera Howard ... Dolemite Girl
Joy Martin Joy Martin ... Dolemite Girl
Jana Bisbing Jana Bisbing ... Dolemite Girl
Brenda Banks Brenda Banks ... Dolemite Girl
Pat Haywood Pat Haywood ... Dolemite Girl
René Van Clief René Van Clief ... Dolemite Girl (as Rene Van Clief)
Pat Jones Pat Jones ... Dolemite Girl
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Storyline

Dolemite is a pimp who was set up by Willie Greene and the cops, who have planted drugs, stolen furs, and guns in his trunk and got him sentenced to 20 years in jail. One day, Queen B and a warden planned to get him out of Jail and get Willie Green and Mitchell busted for what they did to him. However, Dolemite is no stupid man and has a lot of warriors backing him, such as his call girls, who are Karate Experts--and lots more.... Written by Ali Jordana M/kungfulay19

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Bone-crushing, Skull-splitting, Brain-blasting ACTION! See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dolemite See more »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Comedian International See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At one point, the New York Times called the film as the "Citizen Kane" of Blaxploitation (Black Exploitation films). See more »

Goofs

Dolemite karate kicks the two detectives as they walk away from him. The first detective is knocked out and falls on his back with both of his legs flat to the ground. In the next shot, when Dolemite pours cocaine on them, the unconscious cop's right knee is bent up. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Prison Guard: Okay, Dolemite, the warden wants to see you.
Dolemite: Oh, shit. What the hell does that rat-soup-eatin' motherfucker want with me?
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Ghetto Expressions
Written by Rudy Ray Moore, Arranged by Arthur Wright
Performed by The Soul Rebellion Orchestra conducted by Rudy Ray Moore
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No Disco Godfather, but still a winner
22 April 2000 | by Mr. PulseSee all my reviews

"Dolemite" is the touching story of Dolemite (Gotta love blaxploitation film titles), an ex-con who probably should still be in jail. He gets in trouble with cops, friends, drug dealers, women, prostitutes, and society in general. He's just not that likable a guy. Neither is the movie, though it's still hilarious and worth watching.

The flimsy premise is that Dolemite (played with as much enthusiasm as star Rudy Ray Moore can muster) is in jail for a crime he claims he didn't commit. When a drug hit or a drug bust or drug something is about to go down, the warden releases him to stop it, or help it, or just watch it. Not very clear. All I know is that I was unaware that the justice system frees convicts in order to allow them to prove their own innocence. My ignorance, I guess.

The plot is convoluted and unimportant, basically Dolemite goes around killing people (Usually with very poorly choreographed karate), having sex, and cursing out people, sometimes even rhyming too. The joys of the movie are its total incompetence, and its total indifference in the matter.

I stopped counting the number of times I saw the boom mike after it was in one scene for the entire duration (about two minutes of film). I stopped questioning why the warden was looking down at where Dolemite was sitting, even after he stood up and walked around, when they cut back to the establishing shot and Dolemite was inexplicably sitting down again. I stopped wondering why Dolemite dressed like that when he got naked on the street to change, because he didn't want to get in his car with the ugly (read: normal) clothes the jail gave him. And I stopped wondering where he learned karate when he jiggles his hand on a guy's stomach and somehow cuts him open. The only time I was ever remotely nervous and tense was when the disgusting, flabby white mayor is walking around totally naked with nothing but a towel hanging around his neck which just barely covers him up. You keep saying "Cut away...cut away...cut away" but by the time they do, you are already emotionally scarred.

The movie is ridiculous in every way imaginable. Moore as Dolemite, is either funny, cool, or both. If you're on the lookout for a bad movie, you have found it with "Dolemite."


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