1974. D-D'Urville Martin. P-T. Toney and Rudy Ray
Moore. S/P-Jerry Jones. 90 min.
Dolemite (Moore) is released from prison (after being
framed) in order to help the police catch Willie Green (Martin) and stop
the drug trafficking in town. Dolemite's club has been taken over by Green
and with the help of Queen Bee (Lady Reed) and her kung fu fighting girls,
he gets his club back. We learn the mayor is the backbone to Green's organization
and undercover officer Pete Blakely (Jerry Jones) helps Dolemite put an
end to their operations.
DOLEMITE features some of the greatest dialogue
in film history. When confronted by crooked FBI agent, Mitchell and White,
Dolemite warns, "Man, move over and let me pass. Or you'll hada be pullin'
these Hush Puppies out yo muthafuckin' ass!!" When Dolemite approaches
Creeper, known as the "Hamburger Pimp" he is warned "You better get on
before you get jumped on! I'm so bad I kick my own ass twice a day!" Not
to mention numerous other trademark lines you'll catch yourself repeating.
Moore even has time to deliver some of his stand-up.
"Shine and the Great Titanic" is done for some men in a parking lot that
need proof he is Dolemite, and "The Signifying Monkey" is performed on
the re-opening night of his club. Other points I found interesting is
the fact that the boom microphone is visible in a large number of shots
and it seems I discover a new scene each time I watch the film. Moore
paraphernalia is seen adorning walls and in his dressing room as well
as a "Dolemite for President" album seen in Creeper's room. While in the
hospital, a "Dr. Feelgood" is called to Inhalation Therapy.
DOLEMITE was Moore's first film as well as his
best. The character is excellent, out kicking ass and leaving a foot print,
but for a good reason. DOLEMITE has remained a classic in the genre.
was released on LP and 8-track by Moore's own label, Generation, featuring
an alternate title track (the film version has narration by Moore), and
omits the film's closing track (Moore narrating again), but includes a
track of Moore doing a bit from his Dolemite routine.
The film's trailer is great and is a virtual non-stop
barrage of fight scenes while Moore rants and raves ("I put my finger
in the ground and turn the whole world around!") claiming that "If you
crave satisfaction, this is the place to find that action!"
Though filmed on a terribly low budget and looking
very amateur, the film has a certain fun charm that makes this like one
of Moore's party albums come to life. Everything is over-the-top, from
the dialogue to the clothing. Some may think that the film is overly stereotypical
of the black community of that time, but in essence it is more reality
than fantasy. Shot in and around Moore's home and neighborhood, this was
his reality, of course spiced up considerably by his imagination and comedic