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Bamboozled (2000)

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A frustrated African-American TV writer proposes a blackface minstrel show in protest, but to his chagrin it becomes a hit.

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Spike Lee

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Damon Wayans ... Pierre Delacroix
Savion Glover ... Manray / Mantan
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Sloan Hopkins (as Jada Pinkett-Smith)
Tommy Davidson ... Womack / Sleep'n Eat
Michael Rapaport ... Thomas Dunwitty
Thomas Jefferson Byrd ... Honeycutt
Paul Mooney ... Junebug
Sarah Jones ... Dot
Gillian White ... Verna (as Gillian Iliana Waters)
Susan Batson ... Orchid Dothan
Yasiin Bey ... Mau Mau: Big Blak Afrika (Julius Hopkins) (as Mos Def)
M.C. Serch M.C. Serch ... Mau Mau: 1 / 16th Blak (as MC Serch)
Gano Grills Gano Grills ... Mau Mau: Double Blak
Canibus Canibus ... Mau Mau: Mo Blak
DJ Scratch DJ Scratch ... Mau Mau: Jo Blak
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Storyline

Dark, biting satire of the television industry, focusing on an Ivy League educated black writer at a major network. Frustrated that his ideas for a "Cosby Show"-esque take on the black family have been rejected by network brass, he devises an outlandish scheme: reviving the minstrel show. This is the hook: Instead of white actors in black face, the show stars black actors in even blacker face. The show becomes an instant smash, but with the success also come repercussions for all involved. Written by N. Cognito <nobody@noplace>

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Starring the great negroe actors

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Rated R for strong language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 2000 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$190,720, 8 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,185,266, 19 November 2000
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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Quotes

Pierre Delacroix: The mission was accomplished. All of these people left the room thinking they would have real input. I was writing this pilot alone. Myself. Me. Moi.
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Lee's best film...
22 July 2006 | by jhscott1208See all my reviews

This is Lee's best film. It isn't heavy handed despite the explosive topic. In fact I would argue that the images in this film are less offensive then some of the depiction of African-American life seen on MTV or BET. Less heavy handed then some of the vulgar depiction of my community that is allowed to be foisted on my community as entertainment. The modern minstrels show can be seen any night of the week on America's cable music networks. Which is more embarrassing Lil'John, 50 cent or Mantan? Which has had a bigger impact on the daily lives of African-American children, images of Step- N-Fetch it or Lil'John? Which are the stereotypes that are used to justify racial profiling in the larger public of the country in 2006, Gangstas or minstrels performers? It is a film about the power and responsibility of black America to control the images that define it.

I think Lee for the first time in a long time had a story he actually wanted to tell. The script was solid if not great. As usual Spike had a tough time with his female characters. The women in his films tend to be two dimensional. All good or all bad. It wasn't a perfect film but I think it will be remembered as one of Spike's most interesting.


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