What’s there to say about Dolemite that hasn’t already been said? Maybe just the fact that if you haven’t seen this exploitation classic on the big screen, you’re missing out the chance to immerse yourself in one of the most singular creations in the history of cinema: the pimp with a cane and a baaaaaaad attitude. The one, the only, Dolemite.
After serving 20 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Dolemite gets released into an entirely different world than the one that left him behind. There’s only one thought in his head: get revenge on Willie Green, his rival and the man who set him up. With the help of his fellow pimp Queen Bee, Dolemite sets out to get rid of Green, once and for all, and to reclaim his club “The Total Experience.”
Building out of the party records Rudy Ray Moore put out throughout the 70’s, blaxploitation mainstay D’Urville Martin stepped behind the camera for his directorial debut to bring together all the best parts of a character so outrageous he has to be seen to be believed: a kung-fu kicking, rhyming couplet spitting, bad-ass pimp who is one mean mother constantly backed by his call girls, who also happen to be karate experts!
There really is nothing in the history of cinema like “Dolemite,” but don’t take our word for it: Come and see for yourself who the baddest motherfucker in L.A. ever to have existed was! Hear the gospel and leave the cinema a true convert. You dig, sucker?
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Director: D’Urville Martin
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