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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Martin
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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Both Wesley Snipes and Eddie Murphy have appeared in a Michael Jackson music video. Wesley appeared in Michael Jackson: Bad (1987) and Eddie appeared in Michael Jackson: Remember the Time (1992). 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

Rudy Ray Moore: [Speaking with the Bihari Brothers about them helping finance the production of "Dolemite" by giving up future royalties to his records] I'm going to bet on myself. Ain't nobody going to put me on the screen except for me, and everybody I talk to say they want to see a "Dolemite" movie.
Julius Bihari: Well, we understand. You're not supposed to make a movie for the five square blocks of people you know.
Rudy Ray Moore: [takes pause] Well... that's fine with me. 'Cause every city in America got those same five blocks. And those...
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References Zardoz (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Get It On
Written by Marvin Gaye and Ed Townsend
Performed by Marvin Gaye
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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One of heck of a good time!
8 September 2019 | by paulwigglesworthSee all my reviews

Eddie Murphy is back on top with this biopic of Rudy Ray Moore, the hustler, shameless self-promoter of wildly cornball action-comedies of the 1970s. Murphy has finally found a character to really sink his teeth into...and Murphy relishes every moment of inhabiting the joyful and strangely charming yet naive character desperately searching to simply express himself a an entertainer of the people and for the people. His character is an outsider who elevates other outliers all searching for validation and some simple joys in the midst of working class America.

Murphy is funny, charming, and touching as this flawed heroic character. He deserves all the acclaim for bringing this story back to life and surrounding himself with talented ensemble cast and strong direction and wonderfully zany costumes of the 70s era.

This film is at times foul and other times touching and it deserves your attention throughout as it revels in the joys of telling a story deserving to be told and to be relished and enjoyed by anyone searching for an escape from the mundane or cynical stories prevalent in movies of today.


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