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Dolemite (1975)

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 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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With his All-Girl Army of Kung Fu Killers. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The boom mic is visible in many shots of original Xenon VHS to DVD transfer from the 1980s. The film was originally transferred without the proper ratio "gate" of 1.85:1, revealing more of the top and bottom of the frame than the film makers originally intended. The 2016 Vinegar Syndrome Bluray release was re-transferred from an archive print of the film, at the proper ratio, so the boom mics are hidden in many shots. The Bluray release also includes a "boom mic" version of the new transfer, intentionally revealing the boom mics for comic effect. See more »

Goofs

At the club, after Dolemite performs his poetic story, Queen Bee comes out as the audience applauds and says "Alright for Rudy Ray!" instead of "Alright for Dolemite!" In her next line, she seems to pause to catch herself to be sure she says "Dolemite." 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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Referenced in Riot on 42nd St. (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Power Of Your Love
Written by Rudy Ray Moore, Arranged by Arthur Wright
Performed by The Soul Rebellion Orchestra conducted by Rudy Ray Moore
Sung by Mary Love Comer (as Mary Love)
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Get yourself some "rat soup" before watching this 70s classic.
14 May 2016 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Stand up comedian Rudy Ray Moore stars as the hip, badass, styling m.f.er pimp hero of the title. He's set up by conniving hoodlum Willie Green (D'Urville Martin, who doubles as director) for possession of drugs and stolen furs. Dolemite is subsequently released from prison so he can dig up the dirt on Willie and his associates. Fortunately for Dolemite, he has people like the formidable Queen Bee (Lady Reed) and his stable of karate chopping hookers at his disposal.

"Dolemite" wins no awards for quality filmmaking. For one thing, a lot of its action is pretty inept, even if the production supposedly had the services of Chuck Norris' karate school. But it IS quality entertainment. It's often hilariously crude and dumb, with some priceless dialogue. It's also pretty damn violent, and there's occasional flashes of female skin to attract viewer interest. The main attraction, though, is Mr. Moore himself, who's given two opportunities on screen to launch into two of his routines, one about a black named Shine who was on board the Titanic, and another about a monkey who attempts revenge on a bullying lion. The script by co-star Jerry Jones (who plays the lawman Blakeley) is deliciously profane.

The performances by all are unceasingly amusing. Moore is much more of a personality than an actor, but he does have a certain charisma about him. Martin is fun as his nemesis. Be on the lookout for hambone thespian Hy Pyke as the corrupt mayor Daley; as can be expected, he tears into the scenery in his typical fashion.

Definitely a blaxploitation classic, even if it's not for all the "right" reasons.

Seven out of 10.


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