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Identity Crisis (1989)

A rapper finds himself possessed by the soul of a dead fashion designer; frequently switching personalities.

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Melvin Van Peebles
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mario Van Peebles ... Chilly D
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Glenn Athaide Glenn Athaide ... Thug
Rick Aviles ... El Toro
Richard Bassett Richard Bassett ... Security Guard
Clarke Bittner Clarke Bittner ... Stockholder's Spokesman
Dianne Brill Dianne Brill ... Betty Boobs
Olivia Brown ... Domino
David Buntzman David Buntzman ... Disbelieving Doctor
Shelly Burch Shelly Burch ... Roxy
Stephen J. Cannell ... The Coroner
Richard Clarke Richard Clarke ... Max
Kid Creole ... Thrift Shop Man (as August Darnell)
Calvert DeForest Calvert DeForest ... Disbelieving Doctor
Richard Fancy ... Yves Malmaison
Jeff Griglak Jeff Griglak ... Doris Dot
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Storyline

On the night of a big fashion show, world-famous French designer Yves Malmaison is poisoned. The same night, his murderers are trying to kill Chilly D, a member of the popular rap group, The Funky Four. As Fancy dies on the street, a midget witch (grateful to him for handing her a beer earlier in the night) tries to do something to save him. The next day, as the body of Yves Malmaison is buried, his soul wakes up to find himself in Chilly D's body. Both souls are trapped inside the rapper's body, and every time he suffers a blow, they switch personalities. A tough black rapper becomes a fruity fashion designer and then back again. Written by Median Sedan

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When they Switch brains, a GIRLIE MAN turns a LADIES MAN into a WILD MAN! See more »

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sensuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Кризис личности See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Color | Black and White (some sequences)
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Quotes

Yves: Okay... I can do this... I can be a black man. I knew the Jackson 5... I knew Elvis...
Sebastian: Elvis was white, Dad.
Yves: Yes, but he had very dark hair.
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References Miami Vice (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Same Ole Raggedy Song
Written and performed by Melvin Van Peebles
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Bad, Badsplotation movie
22 June 2007 | by BOND245See all my reviews

One of the worst movies I have ever seen. I realize it is supposed to be a farce, but COME ON! The audio sounds like it was recorded on a wax record. The acting is terrible. No wonder Wyatt from Weird Science quit the movie business. This movie wants to make me quit the movie watching business. The budget seems to me small, but I have seen student films shot on NO BUDGET that have better effects than this movie. Particularly bad is when the boat explodes. GEESH!

Melvin Van Peebles also cast himself as the know-it-all detective with the hot wife, AND as the narrator which is both confusing as a plot detail and wildly unsuccessful. So if you haven't gather it by now, avoid this movie at all costs.


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