Dolemite

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Dolemite
Dolemite.jpg
Original one-sheet poster for Dolemite
Directed byD'Urville Martin
Produced byRudy Ray Moore
Written byRudy Ray Moore (story)
Jerry Jones (screenplay)
StarringRudy Ray Moore
D'Urville Martin
Jerry Jones
Lady Reed
Hy Pyke
West Gale
John Kerry
Vainus Rackstraw
Music byDon Cornelius
CinematographyNicholas Josef von Sternberg
Edited byRex Lipton
Distributed byDimension Pictures (1975, original) Xenon Pictures (2005, DVD)
Release datesUS July 1, 1975
Running time90 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
 
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For other uses, see Dolomite (disambiguation).
Dolemite
Dolemite.jpg
Original one-sheet poster for Dolemite
Directed byD'Urville Martin
Produced byRudy Ray Moore
Written byRudy Ray Moore (story)
Jerry Jones (screenplay)
StarringRudy Ray Moore
D'Urville Martin
Jerry Jones
Lady Reed
Hy Pyke
West Gale
John Kerry
Vainus Rackstraw
Music byDon Cornelius
CinematographyNicholas Josef von Sternberg
Edited byRex Lipton
Distributed byDimension Pictures (1975, original) Xenon Pictures (2005, DVD)
Release datesUS July 1, 1975
Running time90 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Dolemite is a 1975 blaxploitation feature film, and is also the name of its principal character, played by Rudy Ray Moore, who co-wrote the film and its soundtrack. Moore, who started his career as a stand-up comedian in the late 1960s, heard around that time a rhymed toast by a local homeless man about an urban hero named Dolemite, and decided to adopt the persona of Dolemite as an alter-ego in his act.[1]

He included the character on his 1970 debut album, Eat Out More Often, which reached the top 25 on the Billboard charts. He released several more comedy albums using this persona. In 1975, Moore decided to create a film about Dolemite, using many of his friends and fellow comedians as cast and crew. The film was directed by D'Urville Martin, who appears as the villain Willie Green.

Plot[edit]

Dolemite is a pimp who was set up by Willie Greene and the cops, who have planted drugs, stolen furs, and guns in his trunk and got him sentenced to 20 years in jail. One day, Queen B and a warden planned to get him out of jail and get Willie Green and Mitchell busted for what they did to Dolemite. However, Dolemite is no stupid man and has a lot of "warriors" backing him, such as his call girls, who are karate experts, and many more.

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Follow-ups[edit]

A sequel, The Human Tornado, was released in 1976. A second sequel The Return of Dolemite was released in 2002 and was later renamed The Dolemite Explosion for DVD release.
A quasi-sequel Shaolin Dolemite starring Rudy Ray Moore as Monk Ru-Dee was released in 1999.

DVD[edit]

Dolemite was released to DVD on September 13th 2005 by Xenon Pictures and also as part of a box set (The Dolemite Collection) on the same date.

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