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A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)

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Peaches (as Jada Pinkett)
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Angela (as Salli Richardson)
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Luis (as Gary Cervantes)
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Captain Nunez
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Diane
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Benny (as Christopher Spencer)
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Mendoza's Girl (as Devin Devasquez)
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Chun Yung Fat (as Craig Ryan Ng)
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Chad
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A black detective becomes embroiled in a web of danger while searching for a fortune in missing drug money.During the course of his investigation, he encounters various old connections, ultimately confronting the criminal responsible for Shame's expulsion from the force. He must also deal with two women, Angela, a beautiful old flame, and Peaches, his energetic but annoying sidekick. Written by Anonymous

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He's armed and dangerously funny.

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for violence, strong language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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23 November 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mister Cool  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$29,392,418
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The history of the love triangle between Shame, Angela and Mendoza is never explained in a linear fashion. But it is known that Angela was with Mendoza first. It is likely that while he was a cop, Shame was assigned to somehow get close to Mendoza and did so through Angela; falling in love with her in the process. See more »

Goofs

When Shame calls the boutique owner pretending to be the radio DJ, he claims to be from radio station "82.3". An FM radio dial starts at 87.5, so 82.3 is way too low for a radio frequency. See more »

Quotes

Bernard: Yoo-hoo Wayman.
Wayman: Hey Bernard.
Shame: Excuse me, who's this?
Wayman: This is Bernard and what's wrong with you?
Shame: "The Bernard"?
Bernard: Yes it's me.
Shame: Homewrecker. He's with me.
Wayman: Shame. I can't believe you just.
Shame: You are my stuff and you know it girl.
Bernard: Stuff?
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Connections

Referenced in V.I.P.: Loh-Down Dirty Shame (2000) See more »

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Shaft with humor
27 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

I enjoyed this film, and it holds up fairly well with repeated viewings.

But more importantly, this film has historical importance.

First of all, this film is drawing very heavily on Hong Kong action thrillers at a time when these were just getting attention in the US.

Secondly, compare this film very carefully with the Samuel Jackson "remake" of "Shaft", released - with enormous hype - in 2000.

I don't know why Wayans didn't sue for plagiarism. Samuel Jackson's Shaft is Shame without humor.

Unfortunately, the humor is absolutely essential to this story. For one thing, it creates a "black" identity that is capable of rising above any Hollywood appropriation of it. Shame's secretary - and real romantic interest - is a strong black woman - a character type that Hollywood has finally admitted actually exists only very recently, since about 2001.

So Samuel Jackson's Shaft gets a x-million dollars promo, and still can't come up with an interesting story (although it was nice to see Richard roundtree on the screen again).

Meanwhile, let's talk about entertainment - alright, there are some bits that don't work; but enough do to keep the film moving. I had good time; what the heck.


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