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Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

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Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.

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Craig Brewer
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 30 wins & 60 nominations. See more awards »

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Eddie Murphy ... Rudy
Keegan-Michael Key ... Jerry
Mike Epps ... Jimmy
Craig Robinson ... Ben
Tituss Burgess ... Toney
Da'Vine Joy Randolph ... Lady Reed
Kodi Smit-McPhee ... Nick
Snoop Dogg ... Roj
Ron Cephas Jones ... Ricco
Barry Shabaka Henley ... Demond
T.I. ... Walter Crane (as Tip 'TI' Harris)
Luenell ... Aunt
Tasha Smith ... Jimmy's Wife
Wesley Snipes ... D'Urville
Chris Rock ... Bobby Vale
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Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.

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Make your own legend.


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Rated R for pervasive language, crude sexual content, and graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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This is the first film by Craig Brewer to not be written by him, as well as his first produced by Netflix. See more »

Goofs

While the film tells the story of the making of Dolemite, the car chase, the Cadillac exploding, and the sex scene are from the sequel, The Human Tornado. The scenes are intentionally included as a nod to Moore's later film. See more »

Quotes

Lady Reed: [to Rudy Ray] I'm so grateful for what you did for me, cause I'd never seen nobody that looks like me up there on that big screen.
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Connections

References Lenny (1974) See more »

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Nobody Knows When You're Down and Out
Written by Jimmy Cox
Performed by Bessie Smith
Courtesy of Legacy
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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A typical biopic buoyed by its unrelenting hilarity, its affection for its subject and commitment to the time and place it is set.
22 September 2019 | by ierenzSee all my reviews

"Dolemite Is My Name" is a typical biopic bolstered by its implacable hilarity, its affection for its subject and its commitment to the time and place it is set. And yet, I'm still being nagged by something about his lead performance. Don't get me wrong, Murphy is very, very good, and I'd love to see him tackle Pryor next because of that. Just like Rudy Ray Moore, I buy him more than I do like Dolemite.That's probably the intention here, as Moore repeatedly says in the movie that the role is a put-on. That I keep rolling around in my head this performance says something about its staying power.Murphy isn't exactly the most charitable actor when he's the lead, a by-product of his star power, but he's here at its best when he's slyly letting the scene be stolen from below him.


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2019 (USA) See more »

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4:3
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