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Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2005)

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A mix of Dave Chappelle's sketch comedy and musical interludes, inspired in part by the 1973 documentary Wattstax.

Director:

Michel Gondry

Writer:

Dave Chappelle
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Dave Chappelle ... Self - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erykah Badu ... Self
Isaac ben Ayala Isaac ben Ayala ... Isaac ben Ayala
Yasiin Bey ... Self (as Mos Def)
Big Daddy Kane ... Self
Bilal ... Self (as Bilal Oliver)
Cody ChesnuTT Cody ChesnuTT ... Self
Keyshia Cole ... Self
Common ... Self
Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis ... Self - The Fugees (as Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis)
Fugees ... Themselves
Alice Goguen Alice Goguen ... Self - Ohio
James 'Kamal' Gray James 'Kamal' Gray ... Self - The Roots
Fred Hampton Jr. ... Self (as Chairman Fred Hampton Jr.)
Lauryn Hill ... Self - The Fugees
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Storyline

Dave Chappelle presents a Brooklyn neighborhood with its very own once-in-a-lifetime free block party. In addition to Chappelle, the roster of artists includes Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Dead Prez, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, the Roots, Cody ChesnuTT, Big Daddy Kane, and - reunited for their first performance in over seven years - the Fugees. Includes private rehearsals footage and Chappelle in the small Ohio town he calls home, where he wanders through town handing out golden tickets to invite several dozen citizens to join the party, providing transportation and lodging for their visit to Brooklyn. Ohio's Central State University marching band makes the trip and kicks off the festivities at the intersection of Quincy and Downing Streets. A diverse crowd and Chappelle's freestyle wit guides them (and us) through a celebration of music and comedy, history and community. Written by Focus Features

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The world's hottest comedian invites you to the party of the decade See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The college marching band used is Central State University from Wilberforce, Ohio. See more »

Goofs

Dave Chappelle's main reason for holding the block party in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn was because, he says, that hip-hop originated there. However, hip-hop really originated in the South Bronx and spread to the other sections of New York soon afterward. See more »

Quotes

Dave Chappelle: [dressed as a pimp] Where's my money, bitch?
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Connections

References The Richard Pryor Show (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Umi Says
Written by Yasiin Bey (as Dante Smith)
Performed by Yasiin Bey featuring Talib Kweli, Common and Fred Hampton Jr. (as Chairman Fred Hampton,
Jr.)
Mos Def appears courtesy of Geffen Records
Talib Kweli appears courtesy of Rawkus Entertainment
Common appears courtesy of Geffen Records
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An unexpectedly pleasant surprise!
17 March 2006 | by dove95See all my reviews

For someone like me who didn't watch much of Dave Chappelle or who isn't big into the hip-hop music, I was actually pleased with this. Maybe it's with the help of Michel Gondry, who I read/seen on TV say that he wanted to humanize the whole experience, both of the artists and the audience. That he did as I was completely moved and knew if I had been there, I would've felt the spiritual connection with the audience that I'm sure those there felt.

I think it was definitely worth the near 10 bucks. A fair amount of good rap/hip-hop music (dude, I was even bobbing my head), a fair amount of interviews, a fair amount of comedy, and a fair amount of social commentary. This movie provides a face for the reason why hip-hop is relevant to our culture. And, I seriously give mad props to Dave for getting GOOD rap acts for his party.

Ultimately, I think it's actually better going in not knowing what to expect from it as well.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Dave Chappelle/Michel Gondry Project See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,516,000, 5 March 2006

Gross USA:

$11,718,595

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,051,924
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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