Dolemite (1975)

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Dolemite: Directed by D’Urville Martin. With Rudy Ray Moore, D’Urville Martin, Jerry Jones, Lady Reed. After he is released from jail, a pimp takes on the criminals and corrupt police officers who framed him in the first place.

“Stand up comedian Rudy Ray Moore stars as the hip, badass, styling m.f.er pimp hero of the title. Heu0026#39;s set up by conniving hoodlum Willie Green (Du0026#39;Urville Martin, who doubles as director) for possession of drugs and stolen furs. Dolemite is subsequently released from prison so he can dig up the dirt on Willie and his associates. Fortunately for Dolemite, he has people like the formidable Queen Bee (Lady Reed) and his stable of karate chopping hookers at his disposal.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eu0026quot;Dolemiteu0026quot; wins no awards for quality filmmaking. For one thing, a lot of its action is pretty inept, even if the production supposedly had the services of Chuck Norrisu0026#39; karate school. But it IS quality entertainment. Itu0026#39;s often hilariously crude and dumb, with some priceless dialogue. Itu0026#39;s also pretty damn violent, and thereu0026#39;s occasional flashes of female skin to attract viewer interest. The main attraction, though, is Mr. Moore himself, whou0026#39;s given two opportunities on screen to launch into two of his routines, one about a black named Shine who was on board the Titanic, and another about a monkey who attempts revenge on a bullying lion. The script by co-star Jerry Jones (who plays the lawman Blakeley) is deliciously profane.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe performances by all are unceasingly amusing. Moore is much more of a personality than an actor, but he does have a certain charisma about him. Martin is fun as his nemesis. Be on the lookout for hambone thespian Hy Pyke as the corrupt mayor Daley; as can be expected, he tears into the scenery in his typical fashion.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eDefinitely a blaxploitation classic, even if itu0026#39;s not for all the u0026quot;rightu0026quot; reasons.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eSeven out of 10.”

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