Dolemite

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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

Stand-up comedy legend Rudy Ray Moore's foul-mouthed rap routines took many of the elements of blaxploitation films -- pimps, gangsters, and sex -- to their hilarious limits. It was only natural that he should take his stage persona to the big screen as Dolemite, the baddest cool cat in town. Dolemite is a wrongly accused clubowner who is set up by arch-rival Willie Green (D'Urville Martin, who directed) and sent to jail. A madam named Queen Bee (Lady Reed) gets him released on the condition that he helps the cops find Green, and Dolemite is picked up from prison by a slew of multi-ethnic beauties who bring his pimp-threads so he can operate. There are many colorful street scenes and funny characters, including The Hamburger Pimp and the usual corrupt officials. Dolemite has sex, raps some funny comedy routines (including the underground classic Signifyin' Monkey) and uses an all-girl kung-fu army to bring down the bad guys. A fast-paced, delirious crime-comedy, Dolemite is supremely entertaining despite its less than stellar production values.~ Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide

Cast

  • Rudy Ray Moore
  • D'Urville Martin
  • Jerry Jones
  • Lady Reed
  • Brenda DeLong
  • Terri Mosley
  • Marilyn Shaw
  • Lynell Smith
  • Vera Howard
  • Joy Martin

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Dolemite is a play on dolomite, a naturally occurring mineral that consists of calcium and magnesium.
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Goofs

  • After Willie Green's henchmen shoot Creeper, Dolemite grabs a pistol and shoots one of the henchmen in the chest at close range. The angle of the gun is at least 30 degrees off from where the bullet hole appears in the henchman, but he goes down anyway.
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Quotes

    • Dolemite: I'm gonna let 'em know that Dolemite is back on the scene! I'm gonna let 'em know that Dolemite is my name, and fuckin' up motherfuckers is my game!
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Metacritic

80

Even with its amateurish presentation and off-kilter action, Dolemite is far more fun than a good many of the high-stakes, high-budget films that the big studios roll out every month or so. Personality goes a long way.

Metacritic review by Hunter Lanier
Hunter Lanier
Film Threat
75

A charmingly filthy, albeit rather amateurish stab at making a macho action-hero persona out of Moore's stand-up sensibility.

Metacritic review by Simon Abrams
Simon Abrams
RogerEbert.com