Dolemite (1975) / Comedy
MPAA Rated: R for language, sexual content, and nudity
Running time: 89 min.
Cast: Rudy Ray Moore, D'Urville Martin, Jerry Jones, Lady Reed
Director: D'Urville Martin
Screenplay: Jerry Jones
Review published April 26, 1998
A pimp sent up to the big house on trumped up drug charges is released to clear his name and take down a big-time drug dealer, who has taken his nightclub.
In the realm of so-bad-they're-good movies comes the infamous and influential blaxploitation film which has influenced everyone from Ice Cube to Quentin Tarantino. As a film, this fails miserably, with a derivative plot, horrible editing, amateurish acting, almost non-existent direction, and the worst example of kung-fu fighting ever captured on film. But then again, it's also what makes the film so fun! It ranks just below PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE in terms of unintentional humor, and packs a hell of a lot more laughs, although at it's own expense, than most comedies made nowadays. Mainly only of interest for blaxploitation fans and lovers of bad movies, but there's something kind of endearing about a film that tries so hard to entertain despite there being not an ounce of talent among any of the participants.
©1999 Vince Leo